Building Sustainably | Selah Leaders Podcast | Episode 12

Reflecting on 2023 and Building Sustainably in 2024

As we wrap up 2023, it’s essential to take a moment to reflect on the past year and prepare for the new one. This blog post will guide you through a personal year-end review and provide insights on how to build sustainably in 2024. Whether you’re a leader in your community, workplace, or home, these reflections and strategies will help you enter the new year with clarity and purpose.

Why Reflect on the Past Year?

The Importance of Reflection

Reflecting on the past year allows us to celebrate our successes and learn from our challenges. It’s easy to focus on what went wrong, but taking the time to acknowledge what went well can spur a new level of gratitude and motivation.

Key Questions for Reflection

1. **What Went Well This Year?**

– Celebrating successes is crucial. Even if the year was challenging, there are always moments of victory. Reflect on these to foster gratitude and positivity.

2. **What Was Incredibly Difficult This Year?**

– Identifying challenges helps us understand what we need to improve. Distinguish between bad moments and bad seasons to gain a clearer perspective.

Preparing for 2024

Setting Your Assignment

1. **What’s My Assignment for 2024?**

– Every individual has a unique assignment for the new year. This could be a new job, a personal project, or a significant life change. Understanding your assignment helps you focus your efforts.

2. **What Rhythms Are Necessary for My Assignment?**

– Establishing rhythms and routines is crucial for achieving your goals. Whether it’s setting aside time for writing, exercising, or resting, these rhythms will support your assignment.

Assessing Your Pace

1. **Is My Pace Sustainable?**

– Sustainability is key to long-term success. Assess whether your current pace is sustainable and make adjustments as needed. Avoid the extremes of idling or going full throttle.

2. **How Much of My Pace Problem Is Self-Inflicted?**

– Sometimes, our stress and overwhelm are self-inflicted. Reevaluate your deadlines and expectations to ensure they are realistic and manageable.

Defining Success

1. **How Do I Know If I’m Winning in 2024?**

– Clearly define what success looks like for you in the new year. This will help you stay focused and avoid the trap of comparison. Ask God for guidance in setting your goals and defining your wins.

Applying These Lessons to Your Life

As you reflect on 2023 and prepare for 2024, consider the following life application:

1. **Conduct a Personal Year-End Review**

– Take 30 minutes to reflect on what went well and what was difficult this year. Write down your thoughts and use them to inform your goals for the new year.

2. **Set Clear Assignments and Rhythms**

– Identify your primary assignment for 2024 and establish the necessary rhythms to support it. This could include setting aside time for specific tasks, creating a rest schedule, or planning for personal growth.

3. **Evaluate and Adjust Your Pace**

– Assess whether your current pace is sustainable and make necessary adjustments. Ensure that your goals and deadlines are realistic and not self-inflicted.

Questions to Reflect On

1. **What went well for me in 2023, and how can I build on these successes in 2024?**

2. **What challenges did I face this year, and what can I learn from them?**

3. **What is my primary assignment for 2024, and what rhythms do I need to establish to achieve it?**

4. **Is my current pace sustainable, and how can I adjust it to avoid burnout?**

5. **How will I know if I’m winning in 2024, and what steps can I take to ensure I stay on track?**

By taking the time to reflect and plan, you can enter 2024 with a clear vision and a sustainable strategy for success. Embrace the new year with confidence, knowing that you have the tools and insights to make it your best year yet.


Nick Newman

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