4 Principles for 2016

A person’s principles have malleability until tested and proven stable. Here’s four principles (or defining practices) I’m testing for 2016:

1) Sleeping
I’m not sure if this really deserves to be first, but it’s key. I personally like to get up early, but find it hard to go to bed early so as to get a good night’s rest. I often burn both ends of the stick, so to speak.

However, as far as I know, research indicates that it’s far more important than we give it credit. Extra sleep pays off because it helps us to use our day-time waking hours best by giving us a clear mind and the energy to do the work that needs to be done. My goal is to get an average of eights hours of sleep per night.

2) Planning
Good plans get the job done. Planning makes the difference from “trial by mile” to “since by inch” when working. Good planning makes the path to accomplish tasks simple and clear. Let the hard work be good planning and its execution simple. This may seem a little idealistic, but I’ve never been able to do anything well without good planning. My hardest semesters in college required the most planning, and consequently, they were my very best.

3) Working
You have to work to make a living. This one simply means following through on plans and commitments. Working includes paid and non-paid jobs. Do the work. It’s so simple but must be included as a principle.

4) Caring
Last but certainly not least… 
I’m reading that book by Dale Carnegie about How to Win Friends and Influence People (discovered here, CamMi Pham). The heart of it (so far)–as the heart of life should be–is loving people. That is, putting others first. Not a new insight, I know, but Carnegie makes it (somehow) easier to apply. It requires huge mental shifts to learn to love well. But truly, there’s no cost too high to learn genuine love.

As a Jesus-follower, loving people goes hand-in-hand with loving God; the two feed into each other, dancing in an upward spiral. Genuinely caring for others takes practice and so it will be one of the main pursuits of 2016.

What are your principles for the New Year?

Photo is a screenshot of my calendar year organizer for 2016 that I designed today. If that looks like it’d be a helpful tool for you, I would be happy to send you a copy (Word, Pages or PDF). Just email me at stephaniewright99a [at] gmail [dot] com.

P.S. Thanks for reading this far! Please recommend this post if you have hopes for the New Year (by clicking the ❤ button). It also helps other people to see it.

Written and posted on December 31, 2015.

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