I don't do resolutions. I have never had success doing so. Some time back, when still using alcohol daily, I always would say, "my resolution for the new year is to quit drinking." I thought if I could have one more good time on New Years Eve, I would make that resolution happen. It never did. In fact, I thought, "well, maybe I'll wait until the Super Bowl, then quit." I wasn't serious. Down deep, I knew that.
Resolution defined is, a firmness in purpose. Today, I don't wait on the New Year to make changes, it's the day I'm living in that causes me to want change. It's the moment I understand my need to change, that I go to God in prayer and seek improvement. Why wait? I am determined today, to do what it takes to be what God wants me to be. Change is hard, hurtful, and wonderful.
But people do make the resolutions in spite of the percentages of success to be so low. I applaud them, and hope they're in the percentage of successful goal setters. Smoking, dieting, exercise programs, and drinking are some of the resolutions people strive to quit or start on day one of the new year. If you're into making this year count as the year of victory for your particular goal, then steps should be made today. The question is, are you willing to go to any length to win? If so, think about these ideas. Implement a plan, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Here's a few ideas. Some of these are used in AA/NA for the alcoholic/addict, and they work if you work for them.
1.) Pray. Pray sincerely, that God will honor your aim. He will help.
Use the serenity prayer. Pray for others you know are trying to reach
their goals, that God will help them too.
2.) Get a vision of your success. If your dieting, see yourself in new
skinny clothes. See yourself enjoying your time at the gym, not hating
a workout. Put it in your head to win, and see success everyday.
3.) Change the way you talk. Stop saying "I hope I make it, or I'm
trying." Say "I can do it, I'm making it today." Words make a
difference, garbage in, garbage out. Life in, real living out.
4.) Stay clear of negative people, naysayers bent on your failure. If
your immediate family is like that, put your foot down, call them on
their garbage, and challenge them to improve themselves.
5.) If you're dieting, quitting habits of any kind, get into a support
group. You'll find friends there willing to help you. Don't be shy about
this, it's vital. There is support groups for every addiction. Get involved.
As you reach your goal, start helping others. That will help you get out
of yourself, and keep you focused on your aims. Read their literature
and their success stories. This helps you press ahead.
These are ideas, they really work. I could really elaborate on these, and add more. I've seen them work, they have worked for me. But again, you must be willing to go to any length. Don't think for a moment you will fail if you act on these 5 things...you will win. The reason percentages are low is there is no plan. If dieting, plan on rewarding yourself once per month with each weight goal you hit. Have fun winning. People will really find a deep respect for your determination, and you may help them in the future.
Finally, read the book of Philippians, the book of joy. It can motivate you to see that God is working in and through you to achieve His purpose. Read the Psalms, pick one each day to draw you to God's presence in your life. Don't read? Make that your resolution...read, read, read! People die for the priviledge in other countries. Make 2012 a great year!
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.