New Year’s Day is traditionally when people set new goals for themselves. But, did you ever think about the fact that the first day of a new year could be one where new habits are formed or bad ones finally broken in order to bless others?
Adopting that mindset may keep you motivated. Some people want to lose weight, exercise more, read through the Bible, memorize Scripture, stop smoking, pay off debt or save money. These are admirable, but the reason behind them is something to consider.
What we resolve to do should first line up with Scripture. Does it bring glory to God? Will it benefit the body of Christ? Will it bless my wife or family? Can I achieve it without putting undue stress on the loved ones in my life?
After thinking this through, then define the results you want. Set SMART goals. Supposedly, the term SMART first occurred back in 1981 in an issue of Management Review by George T. Doran.
SMART in an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Result-focused, and Time-bound.
- Make your resolutions specific. Write them down. Post them where you are reminded of them daily.
- They must be measurable. So you can record your progress.
- They must be achievable so you won’t give up.
- They must be result-focused so that they matter.
- And, they must be time-bound. Set a date by which you want to achieve your goal.
Most importantly, pray. If your resolution is one that you believe will bless others, then ask the Lord to grant you the strength and self-control to meet your goal.
DO NOT whine. DO NOT even tell others unless you want their support. And, DO NOT beat yourself up if you have set backs along the way.
Be willing to restart and try again. And, finally, rejoice in the freedom you have to improve your life for those IN your life. And, let me know how you do!
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