Do you want a resolution or a change?

I’m not the one to make a boat load of resolutions. While I understand the good intentions, many become empty promises. 20140103-185644.jpgEveryone says they’re gonna lose weight or focus on themselves more or get more organized. They’re gonna be more positive, more diligent, and more [fill in the blank]. And it’s not that I think something is wrong with setting those kinds of goals. My issue is that resolutions are lofty goals where we give ourselves pasts on the back as we temporarily address the things that get us fed

New Year’s Resolutions are Stupid

But what if we thought about it as a lifestyle change? What if instead of a new year’s resolution, we said, this is how I’m going to live my life going forward…not just for this year, but from this point on (or until I’ve fulfilled this goal and move on to a new goal). I personally think “lifestyle changes” are more attainable and more realistic than new year’s resolutions, but maybe that’s because I get caught up on semantics. No longer would our goals be limited to a finite period of time (this year), but instead it’ll become an everyday way of life. Healthy choices and peaceful living becomes part of who you are and not just something you think about this year, dropping it for another set of goals next year.

So to rock your world, I’m gonna ask you to throw your list of new year’s resolutions away, and start over. What’s the one (or more) lifestyle change you’re willing to commit to.

In 2014:

  • I will actively pursue peace
  • I will apply scripture to my biggest fears
  • I will say goodbye to competition
  • Not only will these goals be worked on in 2014, but the effects will not be limited to this year. Instead they will become become part of who I am, part of my character.

    So I ask, what internal characteristics are you really shooting for? Peace, confidence, etc? When you have your answer to this, you’ll be on your way to making changes that have the potential to last for a lifetime.


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