Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Resolution Fail



I heard somewhere that the majority of people will break their New Year's Resolutions by mid-January. If that's the case... the majority of us have already failed. 

We committed to going to the gym, and we went... the first week. 

We committed to stop smoking, and we did... for a day.

 We resolved to have a daily quiet time, and we have... most days. 

I am sure that most of us relate to letting ourselves down. And some of us have resolved to stop making resolutions, since they never work out anyway.

And maybe you are a go-getter, and every single year you commit to doing something, you do it... well then you should stop reading, because this blog is not for you!

This blog is for the procrastinators and the failures. 

I think its a crucial to your New Year to make plans and have dreams and decide for yourself how you want your year to go. That is what a resolution should be, planning and hoping and persevering, not simply getting by. 

So I have come up with some practical steps to get back on the bandwagon.

Write them down
How can you keep up with all the big life changes you are gonna make this year, unless you put it in writing? Make a note on your phone, put it on a bulletin board at your house, keep it in your planner... whatever works for you. And check things off! Learning to knit is on of my resolutions, and as soon as this scarf is done (be it ever so terrible) you bet believe I am crossing that sucker off the list. 

Make a Plan
You can have a New Year's goal to lose 50lbs, but if you don't have a plan, it probably won't happen. Andy Stanley said, "Direction not intention determines your destination." You can intend to reach your goals all your want, but until you come up with a plan and begin to work towards it, it is pointless. 

Get Accountability
Having someone or something that holds you accountable for your resolutions is by far the best way to keep your resolutions. Maybe you and a friend both want to read through the bible in a year. How about you text each other and make sure you are staying on top of it? There are also apps and websites that can help you. Giveit100.com is a nifty site where you can commit to something for 100 days, learning something new, loosing weight... whatever. You make a short video everyday to keep yourself accountable. The resources are out there, you just have to use them.

Start Over
Maybe you are part of the majority and you have already failed. Don't give up! Mistakes are part of life. Don't think you have to wait until next year to try again. You don't need a New Year to make a change, all you need is a new day. 

Philippians 3:12-15
"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you."

Don't give up. Keep working towards your goals. This can be your best year yet!

2 comments:

  1. Oh Paige! This is perfect timing since I started my new years resolution today LOL! Gives me the motivation to not fail. ;) Great blog my friend. xoxo

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