Welcome to 2018!
I wanted to write about something we all think about come January 1st: New Year’s Resolutions.
For many, it’s lose weight and eat healthier.
For some, it’s find the right career path.
Others, it’s grow closer to God.
Many have multiple goals/resolutions.
Resolution is by definition: “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”
It is an act of will power.
This explains why so many people fall off the wagon after only 6 weeks and the New Year is long forgotten.
Our will power is limited. We have to have help. That’s where God comes in.
You also have to help yourself.
So here’s my suggestions for sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions year-long:
- Find an accountability partner. Someone who will call you out when you cheat or take one step off the wagon.
- Enlist God’s help especially if it’s spiritual. Only He can help you change.
- Help yourself i.e. quit sabotaging yourself. For example, throw away all of your temptation food AND DON’T BUY IT!!!
- You have to want it. You have to crave it. You have to work towards it. You have to have micro-goals within your macro-goals. Every day you take one step towards your goals. Over time, this will add up to change.
- Reward yourself for your progress. Starbucks, chocolate (a small amount if you’re it’s a diet goal!), a new book, a trip to the mountains or the ocean–somewhere that’s nearby that will inspire you to keep at it.
- Don’t give up! If you fall, pick yourself up the next day. Don’t beat yourself up either. Same principle. We are not perfect. Allow wiggle-room.
New Year’s Resolutions (like Mother’s Day) should occur more than once a year. Slow and steady does win the race when it’s a marathon. And that’s what you’re running. So breathe. Prepare. And take off! Good luck!!