Welcome to 2021, the magical land where nothing in 2020 can cross the threshold into the road ahead.

What’s that smirk for?

Of course nothing magically changed when the 1st of the year arrived, and yet we know that the cycles of seasons were engineered by an all-wise creator. 

Every year ceaselessly turns over as one season blends into the next, and the seasons, along with the days defined by the rotation of the earth on its axis marks a point in time that God designed for us to keep track of time itself. 

Somewhere in human history, societies in the West and East developed the concept of a New Year threshold; a time to lift one foot out of the past while placing the other foot into the future. The new year serves as a stop-gap, starting block, or line in the sand. 

There is wisdom in starting over.

Every year nature retreats, and pulls it’s energy back from leaf to branch, and prepares to relaunch in glorious bud and blossom. Like nature, humans need to “winter” and re-emerge in Spring. As we prepare to emerge again as a people, as a planet, both in the realm of nature, and as societies, I myself, along with Ministryninja.com and Newbreednetwork.org will be training planters to continue to do what God designed.

One of the biggest challenges of 2020 was how to stay connected with others. Of course, as I holed up writing a textbook (Church Plantology), I was in a self-imposed working quarantine. 

As far as I know, COVID had already hit me, and when the new year dawned in 2020, I was curled up in bed after being stranded at an airport in Portland overnight. Five weeks later as I grew sicker, the Doctors administered a Z-Pak and knocked it out. 

One thing happened however that never did. For the first time, I didn’t mark the change of a new year with goals, or any vision at all.

In hindsight, the Textbook left no margin for anything anyways. 

Normally, I mark my goals in a journal and religiously plot and plod my way through them over the year. It’s my favorite thing to do. 

When asked how I accomplish so much in any given year (writing books, courses, articles, blogs, trainings, and running various podcasts) it all goes back to my strategic setting of goals.

My goals range from (in alphabetical order):

  • Intellectual 
  • Physical
  • Production
  • Relational
  • Recreational
  • Spiritual
  • Writing

Time to break out the slide-rule right? I mean, what a nerd!

But if being a strategic planner makes me square, I don’t wanna be cool.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be blogging on a weekly basis to share my system of goals and planning with you.

After all, this season is a winter, and winters are for preparing for Spring. 

I would like to help you utilize this time in lockdown to more effectively become who God designed you to be. With a few tools, and some bottled experience, I think I can help you avoid some of my own pitfalls and mistakes, and serve as an Obi-Won to your Luke, a Mando to your Grogu, or a Sensei to your ninja.

So here’s to your winter. Your winter in anticipation of your spring.

See you next week for the first blog that maps out a journey of Spirit-inspired goals. 

I look forward to sharing with you!

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