New Year’s Resolutions. Phoooweeeee!
We start with not planning to eat sugar and planning to exercise 6 days a week. We plan to be a better spouse, parent and co-worker. We are going to declutter the house by spending 15 minutes each day getting rid of the unwanted and then being so organized we will always be able to find our latest tax return and the receipt for the sweater we bought our friend for Christmas.
Then January 15th rolls around and we realize we had cookies this week, yelled at the kids, and snapped at a co-worker. The house is worse than it was before we made the resolution and the exercise equipment is still in the box.
So we give up. Heck with it. Resolutions failed. Give up. Right? Wrong!
What if we had a different plan?
What if we set “goals” instead of “resolutions”? Goals we have all year to accomplish. Resolutions can make us feel like a failure if broken. But goals give us the opportunity to start over multiple times without feeling like we have failed or giving us an option to quit.
This year I want to pray more, write more, speak to groups more about making a difference to someone every day.
I want to read more books and read more of my Bible. I want to increase my exercise and keep going with my weight loss plan. I want to encourage people more and do more intentional acts of kindness.
All of these things are great to put on paper but without a plan nothing will be accomplished. Take a few minutes today and write down what you hope to accomplish in 2018. Then think about how you want to accomplish those goals and make a plan.
What is your biggest goal for 2018? I would love to hear about your goals so we can work together to make 2018 the best year yet!