Resolutions In Years’ Past
How many years have you been pledging resolutions for the new year?
If you are anything like me, then on those years you make resolutions, you typically do not manage to keep them for any real length of time.
How many of these sound familiar to you?
My resolution is to lose weight this year.
My resolution is to save some of my income towards retirement this year.
My resolution is to improve my relationship this year.
My resolution is to attend church more often this year.
I could name a hundred more but you probably get the point by now.
Why Resolutions Fail
My guess is that if you have resolutions like these, they probably failed at some point in the year.
One of the biggest reasons resolutions fail is because they are not specific enough. Another reason might be that a year is a really long time to pledge to do something. When was the last time you did anything for a year? I’m not referring to a job to make money to have a place to live and pay your bills. I’m talking about things like those listed above?
It sounds extremely difficult to me.
Possibly A Better Way
Maybe a better way would be to come up with very specific short term goals instead. Rather than making a resolutions for the whole year, have a standing resolution to re-evaluate your resolutions each month.
Here are a couple of examples.
I resolve to save 10% of my income and put it towards my retirement in January. Four weeks. That’s it. At the end of January, revisit your resolution and decide if you are going to do it again in February. Maybe in February, your resolution changes to paying off a credit card debt instead. Maybe it is to continue and save another 10% of your income towards retirement.
I resolve to attend church and Sunday School every week for the month of January. Once this is accomplished, you can re-resolve for February. Who knows – maybe by March you will have formed a habit of attending and want to add participation in an outreach ministry for March.
Don’t try to take on too much at once. Start small and add something as the months go by. Having 15 resolutions that all fail is pointless. Why not start with three for a month and then add some as the year goes on.
I think I will start my new year with organizing my office in January. Maybe in February I will take on another room of the house or the garage. I’ll let you know around February 1.
Have a Happy New Year!