You have to roll-up your sleeves, God and / or his angels will not come and do for you what you will have to do for yourself (just cast your mind back through the years gone by and judge for yourself; life is consistent / repetitive).
Before I outline what I consider as the most effective practical steps that constitute the effort required, let me share with you one very important observation I have made over the several years of experiencing New Years…
Every new year requires that two (2) things have to change; thankfully one does change (automatically) but the other often does not really change, even though it surely needs to change and indeed should have changed even before the other one.
The one that does change (automatically) is the Calendar. We have no problem with that; we often prepare ahead by getting new calendars, or otherwise depend on our electronic devices to feed us with new calendars. It is important to note that the attributes of the days in this new year are not different from that of last year; they are the same, that is why we were / are able to predict the calendar for the new years ahead! (Take some cue from Romans 14:5, Matthew 5:45, Galatians 6:3, Proverbs 10:4, and Proverbs 12:24). Remember that life is that consistent; in essence, nothing has really changed! (not even in the spiritual realms) Assurances such as “divine orchestrations favouring you above others” (and so on) may be heartwarming and indeed exciting, but don’t be overly excited by them; if they motivate you into serious practical / hands-on action instead of inaction or half-hearted action then that’s fine. However, if you don’t have a carefully thought out plan, and / or if you are not diligent or purposefully busy, then all that excitement may amount to very little or nothing.
The other thing that has to change is our attitude / habits, but sadly many people eagerly look forward to the new year only to start old habits afresh. In spite of the many activities and inspirational sermons and prophecies within the some four hours euphoria to usher in the new year, self-esteem issues still persist, as well as poor reading habits, lack of proper comprehension, lack of proper time management and so on. Especially for us in Ghana (and Africa), after several decades of doing these things, there is still massive unemployment and underemployment, our ‘Debt-to-GDP’ ratio is very alarming and yet we still have huge infrastructure deficit, we have very little share in the abundant natural resources, the economy is heavily import-driven and consequently depreciating the local currency, price inflation is so huge, our environment is getting degraded the more, filth is all over, our transportation and healthcare systems are nothing to write home about, and our life expectancy is terribly low, and so on!
To paraphrase Albert Einstein: we cannot continue to do the same things over and over, and expect different results! Fortunately, there are some 7 (expandable to 13) simple but extremely effective steps that anyone can use to harness one’s true / hidden potential and make a big difference…
Step 1: Discover the Eagle in You!
Interestingly, what you attempt, or do in life depends on what you convincingly know as your capabilities. And though you are an amazing being with extreme power and that nothing whatsoever can stop you except your own self by your own mind, chances are that you might go through life without being made fully aware of this innate power. So you end up doing just common things. Discovering the eagle in you involves getting to know aspects of yourself that help you to advance from just believing that you were born to be great, to actually knowing with empirical evidence that you are actually great; that there is greatness already inside of you.