Easing into the New Year

Ease into the New Year

I thought it was just me.

We are already one week into the New Year, and I have a loose set of goals for 2019, but I have not had time to sit down and organize my thoughts.

I thought it was just me. I thought because I traveled during the holidays, I was the only one who did not hit the ground running this year. But I have talked to quite a few people in the past few days who are in the same boat, and it made me feel better!

Isn’t it funny how there is comfort in numbers?

So, if you are one of us – one of those whose New Year is off to a slower start, take heart, you’re not alone!

Let’s ease into the New Year together.

This weekend I plan to write out some of my goals, and as I do, I’ll be using some of the principles from the book The One Thing by Gary Keller to create a game-plan.

We are using these principles as a leadership team here at FTGI, and it is helping us to narrow our focus.

The overarching theme of the book is to take your BIG GOALS and break them down to such a narrow focus that you make progress on them every day! Doesn’t that sound amazing?

“Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.” ~ Gary Keller, The One Thing

Here is a focusing question from the book that will help you to zone in on exactly what to work on each day.

What’s the One Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

In 2018 my husband and I experienced fantastic growth in our business. We were so grateful for the blessing, but it led to our staff and our leadership team being stretched thin and stressed out. While there are a hundred different things we could focus on in a day, we asked ourselves this focusing question, and the answer was: Hire more people.

If we hired more people, everything would be easier, and some of the issues we had to deal with would go away altogether.

For weeks we put other tasks and ideas on hold and focused in on interviewing, hiring and training. Within a few short months, we were staffed up and moving on to new goals. If we had not stopped to focus on recruiting and instead kept working on all areas of the business, we would probably still be understaffed today and unable to move on to new goals.

Sometimes you need to narrow your focus to a very small target to accomplish big things.

As you write your big goals down for 2019, try to break them down into smaller bite-sized monthly, weekly and daily goals focusing in on the most important tasks that will bring you closer and closer to success.

I think we are all enticed by the idea of overnight success, but I have found this statement to be more realistic:

Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time.

Gary Keller, The One Thing

And let us not forget that with all the planning we can do, it is God who directs our steps. It takes all the pressure off.

There is ONE THING you can do today to jumpstart your year – commit it to God!

Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.
Proverbs 16:3

Let’s ease into the New Year together, tackling one important thing at a time!


Blessing and prayers for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2019.


Tracey Metzger

Tracey Metzger is the co-founder and President of For the Girls International, Inc. Her passion is to see women awakened to their unique purpose and empowered to use their unique gifts to share the hope and love of God with a hurting world. As a speaker and writer, Tracey’s refreshingly honest, down-to-earth approach encourages and inspires her audiences to live and move in the fullness of who God created them to be. Through various avenues, Tracey spends her days connecting with women of all ages and walks of life and inviting them into a sisterhood of love, support, and encouragement. She loves meeting women and hearing their stories. Whether you’re attending an FTGI event, reading her blog, or sitting across the table from her at Starbucks, you will find yourself utterly engaged in what Tracey has to say. You will also feel loved and understood. Her willingness to share her personal experiences and thoughts allows for any woman of any background to receive a message that is relatable, relevant, and motivational. Tracey and her husband of 34 years, Dan, have lived in Tampa Bay since 1993. They are blessed with two grown sons, a teenage daughter, and lovely daughter-in-law and two sweet granddaughters.

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