It’s that time of year again. A new calendar comes out and twelve fresh months invite us in. Fifty two weeks with no mistakes or regrets.
So, what do we do? We makes resolutions to improve things in our life.
There’s nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact there’s everything right about that.
The problems comes when we make resolutions instead of setting goals.
I’m about to tell you how to guarantee failure of your resolutions in 10 tips.
- Make a vague statement of what you want to improve. Most resolutions come out like this: “I need to lose weight this year.” That’s not a resolution or a goal, that’s merely a statement or a wish. A better resolution is: “I will lose 50 pounds this year.” That’s still too vague. You can sell your golf clubs and bag to reach that.
- Jump at the most obvious means of getting your resolution. Okay, you want to lose weight. So, what do most people do? They join a gym to work out. The place will be packed with other like-minded individuals with the same resolution. Come February the regulars are the only folks still staying in shape.
- Say the same knee-jerk resolution you make every January 1st. There’s a reason you make the same hope-filled resolution every year. You don’t really want to change. There, I said it, deep down you prefer your lazy lifestyle over improving it. Why? Because change is hard. It’s only when you feel the work is worth the effort that you’ll make drastic changes.
- Resolve something totally unattainable. Now that you know you need to really want to change something you go overboard and say something like: “I will walk on water this year.” Unless you live in the northern hemisphere this time of year that’s completely unrealistic. If it’s cold enough you can step onto a frozen lake then go back to your safe, lazy life saying you reached your resolution.
- Follow somebody else’s resolution. Since you don’t really want to make any changes you say what your friend sets as their resolution. When you fail you blame them for your un-success. If they had made a better resolution you’d be better off. While you’re at it don’t help them reach their goal. It’ll only make you look that much worse.
- Bite off more than you can chew. A goal is something that says something like: “I will think of ten tips before I begin my next blog post promising ten tips.” Yeah, I’m out of ideas for you. From here on out you’re on your own. Don’t worry. I have great faith that you’ll fail in reaching any of your resolutions this year, too. Your track record speaks for itself.
If you long for real change I have a guidebook to recommend to you. It’s call the Bible.
Romans 12:2 is the best verse I can offer you for change. “Don’t conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by renewing your mind.”
Give your life to Jesus Christ and He’ll help you change from within. It’s called the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
I’ve seen it work too many times to not believe it works.
Don’t take this step unless you want to completely change because He wants all of you before He’ll truly change you.
I challenge you to give your all to Jesus. You’ll never be the same. I can guarantee that.
Keep smiling. Wade