“2018 will be a better and greater year.”
I heard that last 2017.
And 2016… 2015… 2014…
Did it happen?
Or are you promising just now that it will REALLY happen?
Cycles of Resolutions
There is always a fresh start every New Year. It feels like pressing the reset button or getting a new piece of paper after messing up the previous ones.
Most of you have already crafted plans, goals, resolutions (I know you are taking this out from your vocabulary), or whatever you call it, and there’s nothing wrong with this practice.
You feel the urge to comply with your goals regularly (daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually).
At first, you contain all the excitement to accomplish a certain goal, but as the calendar changes dates, your attitude towards your goal also changes, until one day, you have completely compromised and forgotten your promises.
It happens. All the time.
You start asking yourself what went wrong and the worst combinations of emotions start to take control of you:
- And a lot more
Sadly, these emotions and thoughts will bring you down until you want to give up, and that’s the last thing you should do.
8 Simple Solutions for Resolutions
Resolutions exist because you know what happened during the previous years and wanted to make a change.
However, most resolutions will branch into another resolution that will branch into another one. You keep on revising and rewording them because you failed to achieve them.
Don’t worry, there are solutions for resolutions, and the good news is that they are doable in eight simple steps:
1. Not all “more” is better.
Write your three most important goals for this year and stick to them. Refrain from setting too many goals that may divide your time and attention from achieving them.
Set SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound).
2. Treat each day as New Year’s day.
This will keep your mind focused and fresh as you wake up. There is hope for each day.
As the famous verse says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).”
3. Do not expect immediate results tomorrow.
This is where progress makes sense. It helps you measure small, but significant results within a given timeline.
4. Do only three most important tasks each day that will help you achieve your yearly goal.
Achieving your top three goals for 2018 requires consistency. Breakdown your goals into tasks that can be achieved daily, weekly, monthly, or on a regular basis. This shows how focused you are in reaching your goals.
5. Celebrate small, but significant achievements that help you reach your main goals.
Small accomplishments motivate you to do more and better, and also help you see your areas for improvement. Give yourself reasons to celebrate and appreciate small things in life.
6. Forgive yourself if you “failed” a certain day or skipped a routine.
It’s okay to commit mistakes, as long as you learn and won’t repeat them.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. You always have another day to improve and correct your mistakes.
7. Realize that not all things will happen the way you expect them to be.
There are times when our plans do not succeed, even if we have exhausted our efforts to achieve them.
That’s okay. The good Lord knows what’s best for you. If your plans do not happen the way you expected them to happen, then they are not the best for you.
8. Seek the Lord above all else and His plan for you.
The famous verse says “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).”
This doesn’t mean to seek the Lord so that you can use Him and His power to achieve your goals.
Rather, this means that you should seek what He really wants to do THROUGH you for His glory.
8 Goals We Usually Overemphasize
The 8 solutions to resolutions are incomplete without setting goals and applying them. Through the years, our big goals are classified to the following:
- Fitness and Health
- Love and Relationships (Special Someone, Family, and Friends)
- Career and Learning
In the next posts for the following weeks, we will learn how to apply the 8 solutions to each resolution we choose.
And we won’t do it the ideal way. We are all tired of it.
The following posts will focus on practical solutions that will not only help you achieve your goals, but will also help you improve your character and disposition towards life.
Remember, before you make the change, you have to START the change… and KEEP the change.