It’s December. As the year comes to an end, we can now begin to focus on a brand-new year with great anticipation of what God’s plans and purposes for us will be. But before we do that, it’s a good idea to reflect on the past 11 months—consider all our accomplishments, as well as any mistakes we might have made that kept us from prospering and being victorious. For many people, admitting their mistakes is a sign of weakness. But the truth is, being willing to acknowledge your weaknesses is the only way you will ever be able to gain the strength you need to move forward in life and become successful.

Taking inventory of our past is one of the best ways to prepare for our future. It enables us to make whatever adjustments are necessary, so we don’t make the same mistakes again. It also helps us to realize that we don’t move forward in our strength, but through God and with the help of His Holy Spirit. God has assured us that when we feel our weakest, we’re actually our strongest. He says in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” As you prepare to enter your prosperous new year, plan to do so in God’s strength and wisdom, and not your own. That way you’ll not likely to do things you’ll regret or make mistakes that will distract or hinder you or hold you back.