When I was growing up, we always had a big family meeting on the first day of January. In preparation for those meetings, I spent most of my December taking an inventory of what I’ll be telling my parents and everyone present on what I liked and disliked about them and our lives. Call it a little girl’s mind but I did give it much thought and preparation.

As I straddled along the path of life and adulthood, I still kept the inventory part – this time not taking inventory on likes and dislikes of family members instead, I conducted a sincere assessment of every area of my life. What worked, what didn’t work and why it didn’t work. I review my failures and also my accomplishments. I write down my visions for the coming year, set some SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) goals for myself and also challenge myself to do better and grow higher.

The bible reminds us in Proverbs 29:18 that, “ Where there is no vision, the people perish…” This is very true. If you’re one who goes to crossover nights on December 31 with no vision written out for coming year, maybe it’s time to make a change? You can’t live your life on chance and whatever you purpose in your heart to accomplish or change, you will hold yourself accountable to get it done.

I pray for you that this will be your kind of December too where you’ll spend a deeper time with yourself, conduct an honest and sincere assessment of every facet of your life and make some strong decisions and choices for the upcoming year. I’ll circle back with you at the same time next year and I can promise you that you’ll be amazed at what you would have accomplished. Yes, you can do this!


Lady Abena.