Do the resolutions of last year belong to tomorrow?
With each New Years comes resolutions. We see this often in gyms, with people eager to work off the lbs they gained over Christmas and Thanksgiving. Many New Year’s revolutionists (is that a word?) are hopeful for a lifestyle change. Some focus on their outer appearance, others on inner health, and some gain emotional connections by developing new relationships. An article I found on Lifehack names 50 New Year’s resolutions, ranging from getting married to getting more quality sleep. Everyone has a new year’s resolution, right? But, what is different about this year? You set resolutions every year. Some are a success. Others…umm, not so much. Why is that?
Don’t panic. I have a resolution!
According to the American Psychological Association, not being able to meet new year’s resolutions can lead to anxiety. As January comes around, it is wise to reflect on the past year and aspire positive change in the coming year by setting realistic goals. Psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. says, “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for…Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”
Goal by goal.
It’s not a matter of one resolution but using realistic goals as stepping stones to accomplish something through the year. Ultimately we try to begin a new year with goals because we intrinsically want to be better. As a writer, my goal this year is to stay focused on my current work in progress by editing consistently, getting critiques, and having my manuscript polished by summer. I will accomplish this using a series of goals I have set (one step at a time).
What might your goals look like this year?
Goal list example:
I will be more patient with my kids this year.
I will improve my mental skills and concentration.
I will read my bible every day.
My goal is to write a novel in 2018.
I will get in shape in 2018.
In 2018, I will challenge myself to be bolder.
I will make more money this year.
My family will attend church every Sunday.
The muscle behind the cause
And, last but not least, where does your strength to accomplish all this come? From, “Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” from, “...the Lord’s mighty power within you.” Because you can do all things through Christ.
What are some of your goals for 2018?
How will you use smaller goals as stepping stones to accomplish a larger one?