Like many of us, last year there were many things about 2016 that overwhelmed me. There were many moments that felt stagnant and frustrating. Still, those moments taught me patience, and strengthened my resilience in hard times. My second year of marriage, my faith, my family, my job, and my health all dominated my thoughts, most times simultaneously. Entering 2017 felt like a breakthrough, as if a veil was lifted from my mind and the promise of a better, fresher outlook on life felt freeing.

Many people have been waiting for 2017 as if it were a promised land, as if 2016 felt like walking through a wilderness of disappointments and now we have arrived in a proverbial land flowing with (soy) milk and (organic) honey. I haven’t allowed myself to assume anything about 2017. Who’s to say it will be “better”? The most we can change is our own perspective on how we tackle the things that come our way. 2016 has led to a new perspective, one that embraces the unknown and challenges me to pursue only what I feel my purpose is on this earth. I feel that God has led me on a very roundabout journey, but one that ultimately was destined for me to experience in order to realize what I feel is my true potential.

Do I feel that 2017 is the light at the end of a very long tunnel? Somewhat. But only because I’ve decided to approach each day in a new way: trying my best to stop wasting time. If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that our actions do matter, and that tomorrow is not promised. So for me, 2017 is my year that ushers in a new era of productivity. That productivity will be driven by what I feel my purpose is, where my natural skill set or “gifts” lie, and what positivity I feel I can bring to the people and things that surround me. To do that, I need to be deliberate about what I do with my time.

If you feel like your productivity is something you improve, why not start now? Join me in making 2017 a year of deliberate actions, and taking steps that lead to great things in 2018 and beyond.

Let me know your thoughts on your own plans for growth this year.

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