Here we go again. This is that time of the year when almost everyone makes all the resolutions, hoping they will be able to keep them. Unfortunately, the statistics are against us, they say that most of us will not be able to keep those resolutions after March. It is sad, isn’t it?
I would like to share with you 5 moves that can help you to accomplish your goals in this year.
1. Start with the most important – When you make a resolution, start with the most important. And I am not talking about finances, family, house, exercise, diet, etc. I am talking about your Spiritual Life. That is the most important thing in our life. Start with that, because if you put that in the right place the other areas will fall into place easier. By spiritual life I mean, your prayer life, Bible study, church involvement, service, etc.
2. Make a short list – The second move that can help you is to make a short list. Do not exaggerate in your list. Some people make a huge list of 10 or 20 things that they want to accomplish during the year. Keep it simple. Make a list of the 5 most important things that you want to do in this year, things that will make a difference in your life and in the lives of people around you.
3. Establish doable goals – The third move is to establish doable goals. Our problems are not only long lists, but resolutions that are almost impossible to be accomplished. Do not ask too much of yourself. Sometimes we want to lose weight, and we go to the highest number instead of putting an amount of pounds that can be reached. Some people want to read the whole Bible in one year. That is doable. Some people will make a resolution to read the Bible in two months. That is complicated.
4. Evaluate your progress – The fourth move is to evaluate your progress. Set up a date to accomplish your resolutions and keep track of them. When we have few and doable resolutions it is easier to manage them. Not only evaluate the progress, but the resolution itself. Maybe you will accomplish the resolution in the first 3 or 4 months. My suggestion is to make another one or bring one from that big list that you had. Evaluation is important because helps us to stay on target.
5. Do not go alone – The final move that will help you accomplish your resolutions is accountability. Try not to do them alone. Have someone close to you who you can share your goals and will help you to stay focused. Some resolutions we will need to do by ourselves, but some we can do with other people. My suggestion is for you to find a friend or ask a family member to help you or to do it with you. One will help the other.
Have a blessed week and a wonderful year,