Resolutions Versus Reasonable Goals

Congratulations! You did it. The admirable goals you set in 2017 have all been met. You lost the weight, improved your finances, built relationships, finished a project, and embarked on a long standing dream. You are part of the 8% who made New Year’s resolutions and kept them all. I however, fall into the 92% who did not. So what am I going to do about it? Let me start with what I will NOT do, in hopes that you will follow suit.

I Will Not:
Beat myself up
Live in defeat
Leave my dreams behind
Or
Give up trying

What I Will Do is:
Continue to learn and grow
Prioritize my time
Adjust my strategies
AND
Never quit

Mine is a heart of vision. No vision, no hope.

Don’t be discouraged if you failed to meet some of your worthy goals from last year. Be encouraged because you had the foresight to plan and the insight to dream.  Dreamers are people of hope: learners, listeners, motivators, achievers, planters, goal setters. The fact that you set a goal is worthy in itself because it shows you are thinking. You care. You have not fallen prey to the complacency of ritual. And you cannot achieve a goal if you haven’t actually set one. So technically you’re already among the successful because successful people set goals.

New Year’s Resolutions are a different beast altogether. They are the steroidal version of a reasonable objective and most people lose steam in the first three weeks. The remainder follow suit within the next few months. Several factors contribute to this statistic: Too many goals, unreasonable expectations, goals too vague, or too much champagne on New Year’s Eve—leading to  impulsive ideas that were not well thought out.

Aspirations are important. They keep us searching, excited, and most often lead us outside of our comfort zone. It’s in this area that God does his best work because we have stepped out in faith. For without faith we cannot please God. We no longer depend on self, but enter a partnership with God. This leads to intention, dependence, and growth.

How can we gain success?

  1. Partner with God
    Cover your goals in prayer and enlist a team to pray with and for you.
  2. Be specific
    Don’t say, I want to get healthy. Say, I will cut out chips and add in salad.
    Don’t say, I want a new hobby. Instead, list your interests, choose one, and purchase supplies in the first week.
  3. Break it down– plot manageable segments within a shorter time frame.
    Health – chart your progress for two weeks and add in daily movement for two more.
    Hobby – In week two, (using Art as an example) find an Art instruction YouTube and paint your first canvas.
  4. Plan for obstacles
    Understand that competing priorities will throw you off course.
    Make this goal your highest priority at least 4 days per week, for the next three months.
    Make visual reminders to stay accountable and keep on track.

Small increments of time are an investment that will yield positive results. The accomplishment is a reward in itself and will invigorate you to continue. But remember a worthwhile goal doesn’t have to include doing, the best include being. Being present with the Lord. Working on a broken relationship. Serving with a community. Placing yourself in situations to encounter new people. You never know what can happen if you’re not out there trying.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later

it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness

to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

What worthy goal will you set this year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Toni Samuels says:

    Love this post, Jewell! Thanks for the encouragement about not beating ourselves up over the goals we didn’t accomplish last year, and the fact that we set goals in and of itself is important. And thanks for the tips on setting this year’s goals. Great advice!

    Happy New Year, all!

    • jewellutt@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks Toni. I know I get discouraged and want to quit at times, but following through reaps great rewards. Praying God’s strength for us all.

  2. My goal is to finish my weight loss till I am at a healthy weight for my age and height. I realize now the older you get the more important it is to be healthy. I bought a bicycle, it was so much fun when you were a kid, right? First ride ooooh. You’re not a kid anymore, but I paid good money for that bike so I better use it. Worse part of exercising is getting on the bike or getting to the gym. Once seated on the bike or at the gym the commitment is made, you have to go through with it. That first pedal of the bicycle, that first step on the treadmill and you are well on your way! For me the dieting part is the hardest. What diet is the healthiest? Which one can I stick to the best? After much research I chose to cut out carbohydrates. Am I crazy? No Bread, no pasta, no sugar? I did the low fat diet before…….never worked. Most low-fat diets consist of processed foods, but a low-carb diet consists of natural fats, proteins, less starchy veggies and berries, so I chose this method. Have I faltered? Yes! Have I wanted to quit? Yes! But wait, do I feel better, have more energy, have less aches and pains? Yes, yes. So I shall continue this journey to a healthy me! Happy New year!
    Galatians 6:9

    • jewellutt@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks Moe. This is great information that will help us all. You really look great and congrats on keeping your resolve.

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