Every January, the same scenario plays out at my local gym. A normally calm space morphs into a madhouse of newcomers clamoring for treadmills, lockers, and spots in Zumba class. By February, the crowd thins to a faithful few. I don’t have to wonder where all the people have gone—it’s a clear case of New Year’s resolution sudden death. While New Year’s resolutions are exciting and full of possibilities, the follow-through can feel impossible. Is it possible to make New Year’s Resolutions that actually work? Absolutely! With planning, consistency and support, you can crush your goals!
Make a Plan
Sticking to a resolution is less about amazing will power and more about planning well. Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity … Proverbs 21:5 NLT Instead of huge, lofty goals, start small and be specific. For example, try swapping I will spend less, for I will eat in during the week. Go a step further and make a weekly meal plan and budget.
If your goal is to spend more time with God, schedule time every single day in the same space to create a routine that works for you. Just like a house is built brick by brick, a goal is met one little step at a time. Pastor Craig’s right when he says, “Successful people do consistently what normal people do occasionally.”
Don’t Do It Alone
While some cringe at the sight of another gym selfie, I understand the logic behind posting progress—accountability! Share your plans, and ask for help to achieve your goals. Even better, invite others to journey with you by setting goals with friends, co-workers, or your LifeGroup. Follow Paul’s advice, and think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24 NLT.
Always keep in mind that New Year’s resolutions are an opportunity to take inventory of where you are, where you’re going, and how you can grow with God! Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:6 NLT