I know, I know, I am a little late when talking about New Year’s Resolutions. This should have been done last week at this time, but you know, I am not a normal person. I will write about anything when the notion hits. Today, I just happened to be thinking about our process of creating resolutions. I like the fact that I find myself having similar thoughts as others. I find comfort that I am not alone in my thinking. Want to know what I am thinking, read on.
I have never been successful in keeping a resolution for a year. I tend to forget them by the end of January and by April they are as gone as last year. Rather than beating myself up for missing my yearly resolutions, I am taking it in shorter stints. Instead of completing a year, I am taking it month by month (and even more specifically day by day). This way, each month I get a chance to evaluate my progress and adjust as necessary. The challenges facing me today will not be the same as the ones I will face in July or November. This gives me some relief knowing I am not staring down 365 days.
The difference in myself and others is I am calling these things goals. Rather than just a general, get in shape, I am setting a goal to lose a set number of pounds. I have always wanted to read through the Bible in a year and I thought this was as good of a year as any to try it. I am using a plan on YouVersion.com that will keep me on pace and allow me to measure my progress.
I am placing specific goals that can be obtained because I know I have a better chance of accomplishing these and not trying to hit a generic goal. If I set a broad resolution, I may be tempted to carry out part of it and then slacking off. I would rather have milestones I can meet and then set a new one (see above paragraph). It is the third day of the year and so far I have managed to keep my goals in mind. I have failed in a couple of years, but I have soared in others. I know that if I were to be shooting at a yearly mark, I would be tempted to give up already, but knowing that I am looking at short-term goals, I feel like I need to continue to push.
Do you have any resolutions you made? Have you been able to keep them so far? Have you ever successfully kept a resolution through an entire year?