Every new year people vow to make big changes in their lifestyle… as specific as losing weight to as general as enjoying life more. This is the time of the year when gyms are packed, weight loss programs boom in participation and families spend more time with each other. Unfortunately, in many cases these positive changes don’t stay very constant as the months progress.
Here are some tips to help you keep YOUR resolutions & goals 🙂
-Base your resolutions on more than a fleeting thought.
It isn’t enough to just think of your resolutions on New Year’s Eve, minutes before midnight. Goals that are successful have though behind it, which stem from an earnest desire to change or improve some aspect of your life. Spend some time thinking about what you want to change, how you are going to do it, and why it is important to you.
– Think about your reasoning behind your goals
This is important. Think about it. What is the purpose behind your goals? Are they for yourself? Yes, there can be many goals that are for the benefit, best interest or purpose of someone else. For example, giving more to the poor. The person who is poor is blessed from your actions, but it is also honorable to God. CHECK YOUR HEART. Make sure your goals aren’t to simply impress someone else. Or simply because everyone else does it. Your heart should be in the right place. Thinking through why you want to make a change in your life will give you more motivation to make that change and it will be more meaningful when you are successful!
– Have goals that are clear & specific
Even if you don’t have very specific goals, having some sort of measurable or defined goal will encourage you. Having a lack of direction will result in a lack of effort.
-Have some sort of plan of attack
Reaching the end of a goal requires a beginning and a middle. In the beginning you have to determine what you are going to do and actually start it. The middle is the hardest part. You have to stay committed, remember what your goals are and follow your plan of action. Yes, things come up and the journey isn’t all smooth sailin’. But having some sort of plan for how you are going to achieve your goal will significantly help you in your journey!
– Involve other people
As with every decision to change, accountability is a huge help in making the decision successful. Let someone know what your goals are, and ask for their accountability. You’re going to need some personal cheerleaders to encourage you when it gets tough.
P.S. God has always been my #1 encourager. have a lil chat with him 🙂
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
“Commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do,
long after the emotion you said it in has left you”
My New Year’s Goals
– keep a prayer journal (at least 3 times a week)
– journal more (at least once a week)
– drink more water (8 glasses a day!)
– go to bed earlier on week nights (aim for 10:30 ish)
– give (tithe) to a church/ministry (monthly)
– keep a budget
– spend time in the Bible every day!
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5
– write more in my Bible. (make sure to bring to chapel & Bible classes!)
Happy New Year!