Every year around this time everyone sits down to create a list of New Year resolutions. I jump on this bandwagon myself. As I reflect on the year behind me, I always discover personality traits I need to improve, relationships I need to cultivate, goals I must work harder on. I also reflect on all the blessings the year has enriched me with.
This year brought many changes into our family. We moved from Massachusetts (thankful for autocorrect, I still don’t know how to spell it correctly) to my hometown in New Jersey. We had another son added to our family. My husband changed his job position to something completely different. I became a stay at home mom. This is the first year since I was 14 years old that I haven’t worked an entire year. We stepped out of our Northampton Ministry and are still in a season of waiting upon the Lord to direct our steps into a firm ministry. We’ve made friends with new married couples. We had the honor to mentor single people and newly married couples. We’ve organized new projects and had new successes! I also started “Promises At Dawn”. Overall, we’ve had a year of blessings and grace upon grace!
The Lord has kept us from unbearable trials but has walked us through life changing lessons.
If I can summarize 2016 with one phrase it would definitely be that God was so, so good to us!
Now, looking ahead there are certain things I want to strive for. But I won’t start January 1st.
Millions of people start January 1st but most of them drop out quickly.
The University of Scranton suggests that out of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions only 8% are successful in achieving them. Source
Those that start today succeed tomorrow.
Those that succeed today are the ones that started yesterday.
And so I’ve started working on my New Year resolutions last month and I have been going strong.
My theory behind this is that when you start on January 1st or on a Monday – you focus on the measurement of the time more than on the actual goal.
For example, if you’ve set a goal to run every morning and you start on a Monday – you count each and every day that passes and get excited from how many days you have successfully achieved your goal rather than being excited by all the results that the achievement of this goal brings to you. But if you take out the time-count factor and start on a random day, you begin to focus on the goal itself, its results, the feeling of achieving the goal rather than achieving a certain time frame.
There’s also the factor of failure that comes with setting any goal. Let’s say you run for five days, then the weekend comes and you sleep in. Monday you can’t wake up anymore so you postpone it to Tuesday. On Tuesday you wake up and realize you’ve already missed three days so you figure you’ll start next Monday and you can basically throw that goal into the trash and wait for next year to create it as a New Year resolution again. Whereas if you had started in November on a Thursday, and you slept in through the weekend (things happen) you will more likely still be inspired to get up on Monday and run because the time frame isn’t your goal – running is!
Have I conducted a survey or am I speaking from actual proven data? I am not.
Will my method work for you 100% – it is not a guarantee.
But I’ve discovered this sometime in my teen years and it has never disappointed me!
When you start working on whatever it is you hope to accomplish right away – you have a great chance you will reach the goal!
I recall when I made a goal to spend time with the Lord on a daily basis – I started that very same day! I set a time, got my bible & journal and went into my Prayer Closet.
You will never HAVE the time if you don’t MAKE the time!
You will never have results if you don’t start the work!
Start your New Year Resolutions TODAY and don’t count the time, count the achievement!
What is your New Year Resolution?