I love this time where we can evaluate and make decisions on home improvement. By home improvement I mean look at ourselves, considering our person to be a home, and see how we can remodel. I have years of experience of making resolutions and seeing what works or not. My theory was: have about 20 goals for the New Year, and if only three come to pass I am still ahead of those who only went after 1 goal.
I no longer do that because to adopt 20 new somethings into my life is a bit extreme to say the least. If you can’t remember your list of resolutions it is kind of hard to fulfill. The number of changes any one of us can implement in a given year depends on a few things.
- Resolve. New resolutions will take resolve. The motivation behind the resolution is connected to the purpose. If your health is deteriorating and you need to change your food choices, that is a strong motivator. Something has to be more than a good idea to motivate us to implement the necessary changes and follow through. If reading through the Bible in a year is only a good idea, it will not happen. New resolutions need purpose and commitment.
2. Planning. Adapting your schedule to make room for your resolution is very important. Developing new habits are easiest if they have a certain time to be done. Devotional times are best developed having consistent times. Exercise follows the same criteria. Healthy eating will take time to research and try new menus. Your schedule will need adapted.
3. Prayer. God knows best. He designed and created us and knows exactly how we operate. Often times we make resolutions because we expect the new year to give us a shot of adrenaline for accomplishment. While this may be true to an extent, I find that new operations are best followed through when we invite God to help us have endurance, wisdom and empowerment.
Give yourself some slip up days. Establishing new goals takes some time. Make your goals manageable and increase as you need to. New habits take time to make and old habits take time to break. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
I am excited for 2019! I am excited to see goals realized this year that have not come to pass prior. I bless you in managing your goals and may you experience fruitfulness!
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.”