A new year, a fresh start. Time to refocus, dream big, and hope for a great year. Right? Or maybe more is required.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.A famous quote widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin is this: If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

But do we simply need to plan better?

Henry David Thoreau said: Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

Hmmmm. That one makes me stop and think about the core of what I want to accomplish over the next year. After all, I can easily list a dozen things I’d like to do in 2015, and I have learned some skills and have stockpiled some books to teach me how to do it all.

But are all those things about my core? Are they my heart? Are they my touchstone, the standard I want to live by?

I’m not talking about simply rewriting the goals and resolutions so they sound better. Sound more religious or less self-serving.

I’m talking about changing my thinking.

Again, not to sound more religious or less self-serving, but to simply remember who I am. Who is my giver of life. The reason I am here. The battleground ahead.

You see, I often minimize myself and my contribution to the world. I get a great dream of humongous proportions, and then I whittle it down to what I think I can do.

Because I forget the power of the One I represent. Because I forget it is He who gives gifts and plants dreams. Because I forget that He wants to use me to bring Himself great glory. Me.

Happy New Year!Me.

And so I start 2015 with great dreams. If I’m honest with you, I probably have still whittled them down a little, but they are still bigger than I think I can accomplish in one year. And that’s progress.

It’s going to be a good year. Are you ready to join me by changing your thinking?

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