Over the Christmas break I have been reading Zig Ziglar’s amazing book, Over The Top. It’s not my copy, but is in the house where we are staying for our ten day break.

One of Zig’s key statements is related to how you want to live your life. Will it be ‘I wish I had’, or ‘I’m glad I did’? I always find the end of the year an interesting time. It’s a time where we all stop and take a breath before doing it all again, but it is also the time to reflect on the year gone by.

While I am always trying to get a break at Christmas, I also find my mind running with the things I want to achieve. I find it a great time to take a pad and pen to a coffee shop and write out my goals for the year to come.

But as I think back on the year I have had, and my life to date, I always find it motivating to look forward, knowing how much more I want to achieve. But what about you? Do you feel the same? Are you setting a new list of goals for 2017, or are you too down on yourself for past failures that you’re not game to dream again?

All of us have things that have not worked for us. We have all stepped out and taken a hit. But this is where courage and faith in God comes into play. God birthed us all with talents and skills, and this was not an accident. He has a plan for your life, and He wants to use the skills that you have.

You don’t want to get to the end of your life and ‘wish you had’ done something. By then it is too late. In 2017, let’s dream again and set a fresh vision for our lives, for our family, our children. You may be down, but you’re not out. And you have the God of all heaven and earth on your side. Let’s make sure we live ‘I’m glad I did’ lives, inspiring those around us to achieve what they were put on this earth to.

Matt Danswan is the CEO of Initiate Media, publishers of Christian Woman