When God gave man the dominion mandate, it wasn’t mere words (God is certainly not a talkative) it was meant to be man’s daily life experience.
A mandate is not like an optional task, to be decided, whether to do or not. It is totally compulsory and to be strictly adhered to.
Man was created in the absolute image of God, and as He is so are we in this world.(1 John 4:17)
We are to walk in dominion, exercising that authority (under God), over our territory, issues of life and over everything God has placed below us (Gen 1:28). Life shouldn’t toss just anything at us as it wills. No!
In this new year, reign and exercise dominion over everything as you have been commanded to. It is a mandate.