This is Not About New Year’s Resolutions

Is anyone else sick of New Year’s resolutions? What I would like to know is why people feel compelled to wait an entire year to make positive changes in their lives. Ecclesiastes 3 says that there is “a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” It is so easy to get caught up in day-to-day business and forget what a precious gift time really is. It’s also easy to constantly plan ahead or get stuck in the past, depending on one’s personality, but what if we spent just as much time, energy, and thought processes on today – the here and now – and how we can impact those around us? What would that look like?

What if we viewed the first day of every month the same way we view the first day of the year? This would allow for more specific, tangible, realistic goals while promoting accountability. Suddenly, there aren’t 365 days to forget about the goals of New Year’s Day because the new month’s day, if you will, arrives in roughly 30 days.  A shorter timeline promotes accountability by requiring immediate action. Then, before you know it, it’s time to refocus, plan, evaluate, and celebrate once more!

For example, some of the most common New Year’s resolutions involve diet and exercise. Which seems easier: going on a 365 day diet and exercise program or a 30 day program? How about devoting three weeks to healthy living, taking a fourth week to treat yo self, and then getting back on track for the next three weeks? Not only does that seem much more sustainable, but it involves a more tangible, realistic goal that can be reached and celebrated before being repeated. Avoid discouragement and frustration this year by frequently setting good, short-term goals. And always celebrate with fireworks.

Written by Carilee

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