New Year Resolutions
It's a New Year! 2017 has come and gone with all its successes and failures but it's a new year,
2018 is here!
Now before you dismiss yet another article telling you why you should make a new year resolution while being fully aware of all the reasons why it's not worth your time... have a read and consider why it's something you might want to do and how to do it differently this year.
Despite all the blogs telling you what resolutions to make, you may have had some not so great experiences with them in the past. Perhaps you've made a resolution that didn't last past February. A ... diet maybe ....
I'M NOT JUDGING!
Promise, this has been me too many times to count.🙄
Bad experiences of resolutions sometimes mean we get putt off making them. When we decide to do something new or different there is the potential of failing but there is also that great potential of succeeding!
We can't pretend that we're not in a capitalist society which wants to profit from every occasion, celebration or event - And that might mean the clothing sales, gym membership offers, the adverts mid video 👀, the billboards with pretty women trying to sell you something, anything ! Don't let that deter you from using the momentum of a new year to do a new thing.
Now of course you can make resolution at any time but there's something about the mystery of time at a New Year and the linear progression of it. We are constantly on the verge of moments being weaved together as we tip into them, and that tipping moment is shaped by our decisions. Let us never forget the wonder of Emmanuel 'God with us' In the next moment not yet created we are with a God who is love.
For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
The odds really are in our favour 🤷, he works for our good and in any resolution is a decision with firm purpose of something good. So let's not adopt the mindset that some things are too good to be true. If it's true, good or beautiful don't delay. If you're not sure ask someone wise or send us a question and we'll get someone wise to answer it for you!
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. PHILIPPIANS 4;8
Now it's easy to make a decision but the test will be in the strength of it's purpose.
Make a decision that witnesses to your identity as a strong, courageous beautiful daughter of God rather than decisions that seeks to find an identity or plaster over a void.
It's difficult to be firm in a decision that doesn't have a strong purpose and they easily disintegrate.. A decision for the year has to give to the bigger 'WHY' of your life. If it doesn't it won't be easy to follow through with and if or when you do you'll find it leaves you unsatisfied with a feeling of want at the end.
So say you want to lose weight this year...What is the purpose of that resolution? How does it add to the bigger WHY of your life? If your answer is ' so I can look good for the gram and feel good when someone gives me a compliment' (No judgement here!) It may not satisfy what may really be a deep need for affirmation. If you want to lose weight because you want to live a healthier lifestyle, feel better about your body and challenge yourself and push your limits then it might not be easier but the journey will be a satisfying one and the compliments and likes on Instagram will all be a byproduct of what you already believe to be true.
Say you want to learn an instrument, if the purpose is to impress people that might prove difficult but if it's embark on something new and give sound to a beautiful melody God has placed within you then that might be a more fulfilling endeavour. As Daft Punk sings 🎧 Beyond life you will find your song before sound to be found Daft Punk, Beyond
Now if this is you in February don't worry!
All is not lost!
No matter the resolution you set for yourself, if it's a change or is new then it's going to be challenging. Challenging is good but it also means there will be stumbles along the way. Some tips for you
Make your resolution SMART
Specific, Measurable, Achievable*, Realistic*, and Timely (* Don't however limit yourselves to other peoples notion of what is achievable or realistic)
Last year my new years resolution was to 'read more' ... ⬇ ⬇⬇ I know🙄
By the end of 2017 I could definitely say I had read books, but I had no way of quantifying what was 'more', I hardly read any novels in 2016 so more could be anything from 2 onward.
Set mini goals
If I want to read 50 books in 2018 then my mini goal might be to read 4 books a month
If you have more than resolution and your mini goals are multiplying to 2-4 things to do a day you may have too many resolutions! You don't have to fit all your life ambitions into your 2018 resolution!
Write down your resolutions, mini goals and how your going to achieve it
And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. Habakkuk 2:2
I'm going to read a minimum of two pages daily, a chapter a day ect. see what works for you and your schedule
You will get distracted this year, but the key is to turn remind yourself of your goals and keep focused! Remind yourself daily of what you want to achieve.
And last by not least praise God in the midst of it all.
The glory is not in the doing it's in the being! The journey and what you learn about yourself and God will be what counts more than anything. The daily things you learn are more important than the 'I did it' moment at the end of the year.
To help you is a free pdf for you to fill in as you embark on your New Year Resolution.