Making Meaningful New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

It is official, we have made it to another year. Let your inbox, Facebook feed, and Twitter updates begin flooding with the “New Year, New You” campaigns. For many people, it is the time to start planning for great things to come in 2014 with these little things that we like to call resolutions. I can relate to the sentiment behind the “New Year, New You,” but unfortunately it seems like by the end of the first quarter (am I giving it too much credit here?), the new has worn off and the old is ready to let loose again.

At the root of a resolution, what is ultimately trying to be achieved is simply the resolving of something – a few common and most popular resolutions usually involve some form of losing weight or making/saving money.  That seems simple enough so where is the problem?  Why do so many people give up before accomplishing it?  Why do I need a new me anyways?

Let’s start with the first one.  While I can relate with the sentiment “New Year, New You,” I do not agree with it.  Firstly, because there is nothing wrong with who you are.  Secondly, if you are a believer, you are already a “new you.”

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor 5:17)

We all suffer from flaws – ones that annoy us and probably a few that annoy others as well.  If we work to improve in these areas, it’s less of a “new you” and more of an “improved you.”

The start of a year is a great time for reflection, but don’t let yesterday take up too much of your today.  Better put, forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead.  Press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  (Phil 3:13-14)  Everything else comes second to this.

On to the other part, why do so many New Year’s resolutions fail and how can you make meaningful New Year’s resolutions that stick?

One big reason why New Year’s resolutions don’t work for people is that the resolution is unrealistic.  Sure, you could lose 50 pounds this year.  In fact, that’s pretty reasonable for a year, but not for a quarter.  It is not a get rich quick scheme, or maybe it is to most people and that’s where the biggest flaw is.

Which leads me to another area of resolution improvement – a yearly resolution should be something that you work on throughout the entire year.  The concept behind a good resolution is that you develop it in the New Year and you complete it by the end of the current year.

Let’s move on to the important part, how can we create meaning New Year’s resolutions that are realistic and that will stick until the end of the year?

  1. Do break your resolutions down into manageable parts.  Be it daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly, smaller goals will give you something to shoot for and that feel-good sense of accomplishment when you achieve it.
  2. Don’t put too many resolutions on your list.  If you’ve got one – great!  If you’ve got 10, you might want to reconsider.  Your chances of completing one have improved, but your chances of completing everything on the list has completely diminished.
  3. Do make yourself accountable.  Whether you like to write in a journal or you have a bestie who will be your encourager, share your resolutions.  It is easier to see how far you have come and to see where additional improvements can be made.
  4. Don’t be discouraged if you start falling behind.  Believe me, at some point, we all fall behind.  The key is to not give up!

At Sweet Tea Proper we hope that you are able to succeed in all of your resolutions, but more importantly, we hope that you and your family are continually blessed throughout this new year and for the year’s to come!

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