I used to make resolutions every year. And every year I would fail to keep them. You know the kind. We have all made the ones where we resolve to be a better parent, a better student, to lose the weight we packed on over the last two years, to work out more, to get a better job, to get a job…. The list is endless.
According to the following website, http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/ http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/, only 8% of the people who make resolutions are successful, and 24% never are successful. Here’s some more numbers. Thirty-nine percent of the people who make resolutions and are successful are in their twenties. Fourteen percent are in the fifties. This data was collected December 11, 2016 and was based on the numbers for 2015.
I don’t know about you,but anytime I did make a resolution and didn’t make it happen or wasn’t successful with it, I would feel like a failure, like I wasn’t strong enough to stick to my guns.
Let me share with you my secret. I no longer make new year’s resolutions. They just don’t work for me. It’s not that they were bad goals, but they just weren’t realistic and I really didn’t know how to accomplish them.
You see, it’s all about making and/or breaking habits. It involves changing behaviors — and in order to change a behavior, you have to change the way you think. Guess what! There is a great Bible word that works here. It is the word repentance. Most people think that means to be sorry about doing something, or not doing something. On the contrary, it means more than that. It means to change the way we think about something. It’s almost like re-wiring our brains.
I didn’t really mean to turn this into a Bible lesson, but I went there, anyway. I mean, what is it with us pastors, anyway? I guess we never give up an opportunity to preach. Haha!
On the real, I do want to say that making a new year’s resolutions doesn’t have to be hard or too thoughtful. There are a few things to consider if you do want to make a resolution and be successful. And there’s a catch. You have to be consistent in changing the way you think about that goal.
Be realistic and practical. If you know you can’t achieve something by such a certain time, revise it or don’t make it.
Don’t beat yourself up if you mess up and aren’t successful. It’ll only make you feel bad. It’s not important how long it takes you to reach your goal, but that you did reach it.
Be specific about your resolutions. If your have one main goal, such as weight loss, set shorter targets along the way to get to the ultimate target. Don’t just say you want to lose weight, but set a goal about how much you want to lose.
They say it takes about 21 days and up to 66 days to make or break habits. Once you set a goal and are consistent with it, it will become second nature, such ands reading your Bible everyday, praying and other things.