Why do many of us start out the New Year with wonderful intent to better ourselves, only to miserably fail? A study conducted last year by The University of Scranton, stated that only 8% of people ended up successfully keeping and achieving their New Year’s Resolutions. These statistics can be far from inspiring for us go-getters to read.
For many years now, my New Year’s Resolutions have been to lose weight and stay fit. Typically, I begin January fully motivated about maintaining my goals. Then, after only a few weeks (If I make it that far) I feel overwhelmed and my willpower dramatically declines. I slowly just become less driven to continue making changes and end up giving up on it all. You might even find me soon eating a bowl of ice cream while watching The Biggest Loser or Extreme Weight Loss on TV. But wait... this New Year will be different, right?!?!
After much thought, I've decided that I need to use a better approach to reach success in 2015. Listed below are a few strategies that I'm looking forward to using.
1. Include Resolutions Within Prayer Life
God wants us to ask, seek, knock, and put all of our trust in him (Matthew 7:7). And it's through him, we have strength and the ability to accomplish anything (Philippians 4:13).
2. Make Resolutions To Glorify God
In all our decision making, we are to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27). An example: If your resolution is to quit smoking, focus on your body being a temple of the Holy Spirit and honoring God by being healthier (1 Corinthians 6:19).
3. Live One Day At A Time
♪♫♬ "Lord help me today, show me the way, One day at a time." ♬♫♪ Do you recognize those lyrics from that sweet ole hymn? It's such a great song to remind us of Jesus' command to not worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). We can become overwhelmed if we jump the gun and get distracted with thoughts of the future. By setting daily goals based around our resolution, we may be able to keep a steady pace and accomplish more than we thought!
Scripture References:Matthew 7:7
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
The only thing that matters is that you continue to live as good citizens in a manner worthy of the gospel of the Messiah. Then, whether I come to see you or whether I stay away, I may hear all about you—that you are standing firm in one spirit, struggling with one mind for the faith of the gospel
1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,