At the end of each year, I take inventory and evaluate how I did against the goals I set at the beginning of that year. I learned from a mentor the 4-step magic of Plan, Do, Check, Adjust. I repeat that cycle at varying levels of intensity with weekly, monthly and annual targets.
Often out of that year-end process will emerge a word or concept that I feel led to focus on in the year ahead. My word this year is DECLARATION.
I have observed a different 4-step process to this point.
One leads to the other. Hearing leads to believing. You can believe quietly for a while, but if you keep on hearing and hearing, then belief fills up and overflows from your lips. The force and emotion of the overflow is the difference between confessing and declaring. I have for a few years now been confessing promises I hold on to, repeating them quietly and almost apologetically as if to reassure myself. Eventually belief reaches another critical tipping point. I now find myself declaring God’s promises with motion and emotion.
A higher degree of urgency, on a platform of deeper trust. Now more fully assured of His goodness I speak with greater authority from a place of larger calm.
I must thank my friend Becky George for sharing this video tool with me. In my encounter with this video, I went through the 4 stages, just more quickly. As I listened, belief grew until I quietly read along with the video. These days I’m on my feet, reading loudly and much faster than the video, declaring entire sections from memory, gesturing with my arms, eyes flashing…
These words are from a book titled “I Declare,” by Joel Osteen.
Quietly or aloud, enjoy!
Listen intently; Declare boldly!