The past month has been one of the most refreshing in recent memory.

I have spent time with friends and family, completed a major project, watched too many movies and football, celebrated a milestone birthday, and observed the real meaning of Christmas.

Like you, I am ready for a new year. However, before it cranks up I am taking time to reflect on 2014. While there are many things from the past year I am ready to leave, there are three words that defined much of my life and I am resolved to take them with me.

The first is COURAGE. I experienced massive personal change in 2014 as I made a career shift, leaving what was comfortable to take on the challenge of being more true to who I am in my work life. So far, so good. However, I’ll admit there have been scary days. When making the decision to transition, I never could find a place in Scripture where God commands me to be comfortable. Believe me, I looked. Yet, over and over I kept finding the words, “Be courageous.” My choice has created excitement, and has also reminded me that there is never regret when we live in obedience.

The second word I am bringing into the new year is FAITH. It’s funny how courage and faith go hand-in-hand. What kind of person quits his job with three kids in college and one soon to graduate high school? Maybe the word here should be crazy? Not wanting to admit I’m nuts, I’m calling it faith.The reality is, I really do believe my life is not about me. There is a larger story being written and I am simply a small part of it. After several decades and a few trips around the block, I am convinced more than ever you can’t get where I am from where I started … at least I can’t take any credit for it. I leave 2014 grateful to be to experiencing Grace. If you ask me, faith is a no-brainer for any leader.

Word number three is ENCOURAGEMENT. Rather than a surprise party for my birthday, my daughters collected letters of encouragement and gave them to me for the past several weeks. There were memories shared and positive words from former players, colleagues, neighbors, leaders, and students from all over the world. I was truly blown away by the power of affirmation. Being an encourager myself, it has renewed my desire to add value to others.

I am not a New Year’s resolution kind of guy. But I am resolved to live courageously, believe continuously, and encourage relentlessly in 2015. As you approach a the new year, I hope there are some things you will leave in the past. However, I’m guessing there are some things you need to bring with you too.

So pack your bags and let’s take on 2015. My prayer is that this will be your best year ever!

Leadership begins at home,

Randy

Is there something from 2014 that you are resolved to bring with you into the new year?

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Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.