While everyday is a new opportunity to make changes that will bring you to a new level of spiritual, emotional and physical health, this is typically the time of year that people see is the best time to to create goals or “resolutions” that will serve them well as they strive to improve their lives. The Bible has some encouraging words for those who choose to create New Years resolutions. Here are a few that will serve you and I well as we continue through prayer and supplication to bring our bodies more in line with our Lord. Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV
Psalm 51:10-11 ESV
Philippians 3:12-15 ESV
James 4:13-17 ESV
Proverbs 16:9 ESV
Whether you would like to lose a little weight, improve your career, or spend more time reading the Bible and increasing your spiritual relationship with our Lord, the sad truth is that only 8% will be successful in your goals. 40% of Americans make New Years Resolutions. When you compare that number with the fact that 1/3 of Americans will watch the next Superbowl, you can see that most of us have great intentions of improving ourselves. So, why don’t more people achieve their resolutions? Is there some magic method to help us reach our goals? Much research has been done on this and the simple answer is maybe. From the research, here are a few suggestions to increase the likelihood that you will find your way to some form of self-improvement. First, create goals. To be clear: Simply setting a goal does raise your chances of achieving that goal, significantly. But within weeks or months, people begin abandoning their resolutions as they hit bumps in the road that throw them off their stride. Therefore, here are a couple of thoughts that you may want to consider as you begin to set your goals: Create only a few goals – No more than 2 or 3. Maybe just one to start with if you haven’t been successful in the past.
- Make the goals tangible quickly – Maybe break the goal into smaller pieces so it is easier to see progress. While the goal for the year might be to lose 20 pounds breaking it down into monthly milestones helps you to feel accomplishment after the 1st
- Make the goals quantifiable – If you want to be closer to God, identify what being closer to God looks like to you but make it tangible. It might be to go on a mission trip; attend services 2 times a week, month or year; start attending or leading a Sunday School class; or read chapters of the Bible.