A new year is a time for a new beginning and a fresh start. It is exciting and full of great expectation for some people, but for others, it is full of uncertainty and crowded with fears. The past year may have been full of challenges and disappointments, but this is the perfect opportunity to let them go. When you start afresh with these simple steps, you can expect a most fruitful new year.

1. Evaluation

Every athlete takes a step backwards in preparation for a speedy take off. It is also necessary to take a look back into the preceding year in order to gain momentum for the upcoming year. Evaluate your actions and results, learn from your mistakes and move on. Examine your successful moments to understand how you achieve better results in the next year.

2. Thanksgiving

Count your blessings, name them one by one and give glory to God. Even if the year went sour compared to your expectations, there are certainly many things to thank God for if you take a moment to reflect. Thank God for the past year and for the New Year. God is the author of this next year and knows the end from the very beginning. Thanksgiving unto God moves Him to act on your behalf.

3. Expectation

In many cases, what you expect is what you get. So write down your expectations for the New Year. List your short-term and long-term goals that are achievable. This gives you targets to aim at and it triggers your creative abilities.

4. Planning

Having high expectations and doing nothing about it will get you nowhere. Create a plan for achieving your desires. Planning enables you to understand the effort involves and to explore the possibility of success.

5. Prayer

What is happening in your life now is a result of the prayer you did or did not submit earlier in the year. For you to enjoy a fruitful New Year, you need to pray that your plans will be manifested. The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the (wise) answer of the tongue, (AMP, Proverbs 16:1) Present your plans to God and be ready for His guidance.

6. Trust In God

Trust in God’s ability to deliver a good year to you and don’t lean on your own understanding, skills or strength. Believe God to help you every step of the way. Even if you encounter oppositions, trust God to handle it for you. He will always send the wisdom, help or favor that you need at the right time. He is the Almighty God!

7. Declaration

You shall surely have what you say, good or bad. (Mark 11:23-24) Start declaring your expectations for the year. Continue throughout the months ahead to reaffirm your goals. As you declare it, you build up your faith that it will come to be.

These are simple but powerful steps to prepare for a most fruitful New Year. You have the chance this year to change your circumstances. Last year is gone and a new year has come, so make the most of it.

Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher and a counselor. A product and distributor of love. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy God’s love and fellowship for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.com 

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