calling all passengers ...
If you're anything like me, you love to travel!! I love everything about preparing for a holiday, from getting my suitcase ready to boarding the plane and taking off ✈️. And while a lot of us haven't been able to get on a plane over the past year, the thought of not being able to fly as freely as I'd like to made me think about where I would like to go this year.
I took some time towards the end of last year to think about what I wanted 2021 to look like for me. I spent time thinking about how I wanted to tackle the year knowing that we'd still likely be in a lockdown. Last year was tough for a lot of us, and it was partly because we had never experienced life like that before. As it stands, not much has changed since last year. Having pretty much experienced 75% of last year at home, we're still indoors and unable to enjoy the things we so freely used to before. I feel that for a lot of us, we didn't get to live life, but instead, life kinda just happened to us, and at no fault of our own. But now that I've experienced the highs and lows of 2020, I want to go about 2021 more intentionally.
"Even if 2021 doesn't change, I will."
I'm not exactly sure when I'll next be able to get on a plane, but I have decided that 2021 will be my year of flight. I know I can't predict what life will throw my way this year, but I can decide how to let this year affect me. I am making a conscious effort not to be held back by fears, doubts, insecurities, or comparison. Instead, I will get ready to fly higher. I will be going places I have yet to in my personal life. As I prepare to do that, I am not putting any limits on what I can do nor am I going to put pressure on what my life will look like. Yes, 2021 might bring some uncertainty, but I am also hopeful that there will be plenty of happy surprises and reasons to celebrate.
Deciding that this year will be my year of flight does not mean I will be hyper-focused on the destination. Of course, I'm looking forward to reaching certain milestones, but because I do not know what those moments will look like, right now I am deciding to focus on how I will prepare for those things. Just as I get excited preparing for a holiday, I am looking forward to preparing myself for new things for myself and for my future. I am focused on how I can grow and evolve this year. Each day that I commit to advancing myself puts me in a better position to fly higher. What also gives me hope about where I'm heading can be found in this scripture:
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
I don't know what tomorrow will look like; All I know is I'm ready to take off.
When I'm travelling on a plane, the focus is the destination -- it's the moment I've been waiting for since I bought the tickets for my flight. But right now, my focus is on my journey. I'm excited about elevating, growing, and developing in all areas of my life. I don't worry about the destination or how I will get there because I put my hope in God to pilot my life safely. I ask God to prepare me for things I'm unaware of what the outcome will be. I want my heart to be in the right place to receive what God has in store for me and my life. When I start to notice positive patterns and positive changes in my behaviour, I make a note of it in a journal so that I can look back and have a reference of when God was preparing me. God knows the direction and destination of my life. All I need to do is focus on what I can do now to make sure that I will enjoy where I'm going.
I'm sure you've heard that hindsight is a wonderful thing, so let me ask you something ... If you knew what you know now about 2020, would you do anything differently? We've all experienced turbulence on a flight, and life has plenty of its own turbulence. 2020 was rough for a lot of us in many ways. But among the many lessons I've learned, 2020 built up my character, showed me that I am able to make it through hard times, and allowed me to understand who I am a bit better and love myself even more. This year, I am going to make an effort not to focus on the turbulence of life. I'm not going to focus on what could go wrong, but on what could go right.
I have decided to learn from 2020 so I can work on making 2021 even better. I'm looking forward to where I'm going to go this year (once the travel ban is lifted), and more importantly, where I will be heading this year in my personal life. I'm excited about the journey I will embark on to get there. For me, 2021 will be a year of flight, among some other key things that I've thought long and hard about.
So, what about you? What do you want this year to signify for you?
How will you prepare yourself for this year?
This year I am ready to take off ... are you?
Sending love and positivity your way
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