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“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
– J. Andrews
A new year always seems to bring along the “New Year Resolutions”. How many of you actually look back over your year and see fruit from those resolutions? I know I rarely, if ever, do. Why is that? Is it possible that we aren’t truly serious about changing in the first place?
What if we decided this year was going to be different? Yes, I know, every year is going to be different. But what if we truly commit ourselves to making sure the person who brings in January 1, 2017 is a better person than January 1, 2016 both spiritually and physically.
I have done some research and found that they say only 8% of people achieve their new year resolutions. Let’s work on being a part of that 8% or raising that number.
Here are a few tips I think might help us:
- Reflect on last year to see what things you accomplished and/or wished you had accomplished
- Write down and clearly define what you goals are
- be specific, if you want to loose weight – how much?
- put them somewhere visible or somewhere you can look back at over the year
- Make sure you tell other people around you (friends or family) what your goals are
- you won’t get very far on your own, thats why God created us for fellowship with one another
- make sure you are telling people who will support and encourage you, not laugh or try to bring you down
- Track your progress during the year
- my husband and I keep a journal and periodically look over it during the year
- Have patience and don’t get discouraged so easily
- you aren’t perfect and are bound to slip up every once and a while
- Make sure you aren’t going at it with an “all or nothing” attitude
- that never works out and you will get discourage very quickly
- Put it on your calendar or schedule
- set a reminder in your phone every day or every week so you can’t forget even if you wanted to
Striving to be your best isn’t just for your sake, it’s for those in your life that are counting on you. Your spiritual maturity, mental health, and physical health all play a part in who you are. If you don’t put the effort in to making sure your walk with God is right or your health is in order, you’re not the only one who suffers. Lets make sure we end this year in a better way than last.
Write us some of your new years resolutions below. We would love to hear from you and pray with you as we all take these steps for the new year.