Resolutions made simple and functional
It’s 2015! I cannot believe it. At this time, most of us are taking time to reflect on what went on in the prior year and then making plans for the New Year. So, have you started making your resolutions yet? If not, you have to Get Moving! It is already time since we are well into the first full week of the year. I have a few things planned for us and I am very excited about it all!!! But of course, I will need YOUR help to ensure we are going in the right direction. I will be counting on you!
This month, we will be talking about a few different aspects of resolutions. I have heard that certain people have a difficult time making resolutions due to various reasons, and for others, resolutions are motivators. I believe a smooth process lies within making resolutions that are right for us. Note that I did not say that you have to do it “the right way”.
(Sigh!) There really is no standard format for making resolutions in my book. I can’t stand cookie-cutter resolutions (lose weight and heal the world) and would not inflict this pain to you either. However, there are some helpful steps you can take that will guide you through making sound, realistic, and solid resolutions; and I want to share them with you. You can start with this worksheet here. It will help you discern your goals on a time table and you will be able to track your weekly steps/progress for the whole year! I had posted this worksheet previously and some found it quite useful. I am using it myself!
Three things to consider when you are developing your goals and action steps:
- The magic lies with your plan’s flexibility. Life happens, so you will most likely have to make adjustments as you go along. BUT! Beware of the “cop out trap”! Just because you “do not feel like you can make it” or that something is “just too hard” does not give you the justification to look for the exit sign. There are certain things you KNOW you should do this year, right?
- Find an accountability partner to help you on your journey. It is more enjoyable when you have another person (or a group of people) who can trek with you.
- Use the S.M.A.R.T. method: S – Be Specific, M – make it measurable, A – it has to be achievable, R – make it realistic, T – is it timely? You can read more about it here.
Now that you have the information you need to develop your goals (or you can check and see how well you already did), make the action plans to reach them. I found that it is not necessary to have a thousand plans either; it only makes things ambiguous… I started working with just a handful and as I developed my plans to reach them, I felt encouraged! It’s amazing how a little guidance can help clear up the fog!
I pray you find this useful. Over the course of this month, we will explore resolutions for our mind, relationships, and families. Come along for the ride and please SHARE, LIKE, and COMMENT both here and/or on the Facebook page. I would LOVE to hear from you and about the plans you have for yourselves!
Let’s get 2015 rolling, people! We have a whole year ahead of us, so let’s make choices that will positively affect our future. Are you ready to change your destiny?
Always in Faith,