1.Who am I? This is the most important question you have to Ask God and get the answer. Everything in your life, family, ministry or business rests on the quality of the answer to this question. Identity is the master-key to all success in life. Those who know who they are and believe in who they are, change what they are to become who they are.
2. Why am I here? This is the question of purpose. We are not here for no reason, but we are here for the divine purposes and will of God. The best plan in the world today, is the gospel, how God came in human flesh, and died to redeem mankind. The best plan you can come up with is to figure out your part in God’s big plan for the world. You have a part to play, you are a significant piece of the puzzle. When you get the answer to this question, happiness ensues.
3.Where am I? Many Christians have a very unhealthy relationship with reality. This is because many of us exist in negative realities and faith is tailor made to challenge the negatives in our realities. The challenge comes when we start to develop an ostrich head buried in the sand mindset, where we totally ignore our reality. To change your reality you have to face it. “Where am I ?”, means you have to face your reality in the face and deal with it. The first step to breaking a negative reality is accurately defining it.
4.What do I have? This question relates to assessing your gifts, strengths and resources. No matter what desert you find yourself in, God always places something within you or within your reach that has the power to elevate your life. There is something in you or near you, that if you discover and invest your time and effort in, it will elevate you. In 2015 find what you have, and work it with all your might.
5.Who is with me? The kingdom of God is built on gifts and established by relationships. Success is a system of relationships that exchange value. To succeed you have to value relationships and be an individual who adds value to relationships. There are only two types of relationships, those that add value and those which subtract value. Adders always succeed, subtractors always fail. Make sure that those that are with you are adders not subtractors. Success is a system of relationships that EXCHANGE value, taking without adding value is not exchanging. May God bless you with adders and remove all subtractors, and please be an adder not a subtractor.
6. Where am I going? It is Benjamin Franklin who said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. I will modify it to say, failure to plan a destination, is a plan where the destination is failure. You have to define where you are going in 2015. Have clear goals which can be achieved this year. This month must not end without you having clearly written goals with specific deadlines for 2015. Where are you going this year, University, a new job, the gym, authoring a book, recording a musical album, producing a movie. Set your destination and go for it!
7.How will I get there? This is one area Christians struggle with, developing and taking practical steps to achieve a goal. Many of us leave this part to chance and “waiting on the Lord”. This is the point where most dreams and goals die. For every goal you set, you need to place beneath that goal, small tasks you must do in order to achieve the goal. Goals don’t just happen by themselves, we make them happen by our decisions and actions. May God give you wisdom this year, to set goals PLUS tasks to achieve the goals you set.
8. How much will it cost to get there? Every vision must be financed, every goal must be financed, every plan must be financed. How much will each goal you set cost you in terms of money and time. Every goal you set has a price in terms of money or time. Define how much it will cost you and budget your time and money to fulfil these goals.
9.Who should come with me? Not everyone with you today is going to be with you tomorrow. God has a powerful way of removing false relationships from your life, and this by placing you in a valley season. When you experience lows in life, always watch for those who are with you in the lows and not those who leave you. The people you must elevate when you rise are always those who were with you in the valley. Never make the mistake of elevating relationships which like in the good but disappear in the bad.
10. Who should stay behind? There are some relationships which must not cross over with you into 2015. There are some people from 2014 who must remain in 2014. Having them in your 2015 will make 2015 a repeat of 2014. Strictly surround yourself with people who are focused on going higher in life. This year Raise The Standard in all areas of life, and relationships can lift you or pull you down. Rame The Standard of your relationships in 2015.