“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
When I heard those words read Sunday in a church service, I thought of you. All of you. After an 88 day break from the blog, they felt like the right words to begin 2017.
Do you need to hear them? My guess is we all do. Aren’t there things from 2016 you need to release? For some of us it is time to let go of pain. For others, mediocrity strangled what could have been. Still others, you knocked it out of the park last year and it is now time to let go of success.
I encourage you to believe your best days are ahead. 2017 can be amazing, even if you find yourself in the dessert. As a man of faith, I love the reminder that God can make a way in the wilderness … bring streams in the dessert.
I can’t imagine entering 2017 without the hope that He wants to do something new in my life and leadership. I wish the same for you. But hope is not a strategy. While God wants to, and will, do His part, it is on us to steward the influence we have been given. What a gift it is to be a leader.
As you approach 2017, my prayer is that you will let go of the former things and lean into a new and better you.
Do you perceive it? It’s time for a new and better you.
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.