Goal setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life. Goals are great because they cause us to stretch and grow in ways that we never have before. In order to reach our goals, we must become better.

To become better we not only need willpower but the will to know and face the truth. You must know and face the truth about yourself, your relationships, and your own nature if you want to change anything in your life.

We need to take a choice and make a decision to Change. It’s good but not enough to dream of changing. It’s not enough to desire change. In order for you to change, you will need to make a decision. You must choose to change.

You must take personal responsibility to change. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.

Change is intentional: Are you going to be any different in six months? Are you going to be better a year from now? Are you going to be healthier, stronger, and more mature? Are you going to be happier? Are you going to be less in debt? Are you going to be more like God wants you to be?

I can tell you the answer right now: It will only happen if you choose to change, because it isn’t going to happen accidentally. I want you to be better in all your aspects of life this years than you were in 2016; but that won’t be unless you choose to be.

It requires a choice.

A lot of times we think we’re waiting on God to change us. No. You are not waiting on God. God is waiting on you! He’s waiting on you to say, “Yes, Lord, I’m willing to make these changes.”

We have to make intentional choices in order to grow. There is no growth without change, there is no change without loss, and there is no loss without pain. If you are going to grow, you will have to change, and change means letting go of some old things in order to grab hold of some new things.

Take a lesson from the swinging on a trapeze: The trapeze artist swings out on one bar, and then he has to reach out and grab the other one. At some point, he has to let go of one to grab the other, or he’s not going to make it to the other side. If he thinks he can hold on to both, what happens? He gets stuck in the middle, and he’s going down.

So if you don’t let 2016 go, you are stuck in the middle, and you’re going to go down because you haven’t let go of the old patterns, the old habits, and the old ways of thinking. You have to let go of your old ways.