How are those New Year’s resolutions coming? Did you make any? Now that we’re nearly a month in, have you kept them? Years back, I would make ambitious plans to eat better, work out more and move closer to my personal goals. By the end of the second week, my old habits were creeping back in. Are your old habits doing the same?
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
This year, I’m taking a different approach. Instead of drafting a long and laborious list, I made a mental note of three key things I want to do: 1) Work out more; 2) Write more; and 3) Push towards the completion my book. Welllllllllll, I’ve skipped right over resolution number 1. My busy schedule and lazy behind have been going to the gym one to two times per week. If you were to ask my doctor, I’m supposed to be there at least three times a week.
I’ve got a remedy for that first resolution, an upcoming annual physical. After I schedule my appointment, I’ll need at least a month of vigorous exercise before I see my doctor because that will be the first question he asks me. At my last appointment, I waxed poetically about my love for french fries. He looked at me like I had lost my mind before telling me to pull it together and lay off the carbs. While my blood sugar levels were good, I still want to redeem myself at our next meeting.
I’m tracking pretty good on the other two points. I signed up for an advanced writing class to force me adopt a more disciplined writing schedule. Be careful of what you ask for. This class is no joke. I’m surrounded by sharp, well-written classmates and a terrific teacher. The workload is 3x the amount of my last class, just what I need to stay on track with the book.
If you are a bit like myself, you may need to recharge those resolutions. I’ve got a suggestion. How about a resolution remix? Pick three resolutions that you want to review. For now, stick with only three. Anymore than three may cause you to feel overloaded. By the end of the year, if you’ve only fulfilled one, you’ll still feel a sense of accomplishment.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Write down one action step next to each resolution. What is the first thing you need to do to move closer to your goal? Write it down. Now that you have three resolutions and actions listed, let’s move onto a timeframe. Break your resolutions out by quarters. Assign #1 to the first quarter of the year, January – March. Assign #2 to April – June and #3 to July – September. You still have three more months, October – December, to play catch up.
Take a look at what you have: three resolutions with an action step and a timeframe in place. Guess what? You are holding a blueprint to achieving your goals. Now close your eyes to taste, see and feel your way to your 2013 resolutions. Visualize hitting that goal. Next, send up a prayer regarding your resolution to ensure that your goals align with God’s will. Now it’s time to get started by moving towards the first resolution. After you’ve completed the first action step, move onto the second step, and third until you’ve reached the finish line. Congratulations, you are on your way to mastering the Resolution Remix.
Good luck, God Bless and I’ll be checking in on your progress in a few months,