I gave up on resolutions a few years ago. I used to make them like they were a batch of cookies. Made so many that by January 2nd, I would forget what I was supposed to do or not do. By March, I would forget them all. They were fun to make but a pain in the butt to keep.
Read the Bible daily, exercise more, eat better, don’t listen to gossip, and that’s for one year. Like I said, I never got too far from home plate. Now I set goals instead of resolutions. What’s the difference? Well by setting goals, I can afford the odd stumble or even a fall or two. As long as I keep my goal in sight and keep striving for it, then I’m ok. I don’t beat myself up as much as I would do for a broken resolution.
Now some of you might say, ‘But aren’t they both one and the same?’ Not really. You see, at least in my interpretation, a resolution is a formal intent or a will to do something. A goal is basically the result you hope to attain. So instead of making a bunch of hard-to-keep resolutions, I can now make a goal that could maybe envelope them. A goal to maintain a specific weight would mean exercising and eating right but will also leave room for little hiccups like a day off from exercising or an evening pigging out on pizza, without the guilt. Get where I’m coming from?
It reminds me of a runner in a marathon. He falls and hurt himself but he gets up and heads for the finish line. When he crosses, it would not matter how many spills he had or how many times he walked. What matters is that he crossed that line.
Whether you made resolutions or goals for the new year, make them realistic and don’t go too overboard. I have a friend that would always have these big and drastic resolutions. He once said he was quitting coffee altogether. “Buddy, why don’t you just cut back your daily consumption instead?” I said to him. He didn’t listen and no, he didn’t quit drinking coffee…well maybe for a couple of days.
So whether you are setting goals or making resolutions, I hope they are/were realistic. Don’t be too drastic as I don’t think any of us could change who we are in one year. I know, I have tried.
Happy New Year to you and yours!
- 5 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work (transformationalchoices.wordpress.com)
- You: Top 10 Strategies for Making Your New Year’s Resolution Stick (lifehacker.com)
- Realistic Resolutions (imconfident.wordpress.com)
- My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions (christianitymatters.com)