3 Steps to Keeping a New Year’s Resolution

2015Welcome, 2015! We hope you are full of love, joy, and peace. We hope you hold surprises that enrich our lives and make us better people. We hope that you help us grow into the people we want to be.

Each new year brings hopes and dreams and those well-intentioned, oft-abandoned resolutions. As I think about what I want to accomplish and how I want to grow, I’ve come up with three tips to help us stay the course in 2015. I hope this short list helps us both!

1. Be Realistic – Choose a resolution you can achieve.

Begin for success. Our resolutions often set us up for failure. There is no way that your house will always be clean, that you will never have dirty laundry, that you will always be nice to that person, that you will work out every day, or that you will always eat clean. Stuff happens that derails our good intentions. We get sick. A kid gets sick. A friend needs us. The car breaks down. Instead, set a more realistic goal: I will dust and vacuum and clean the bathrooms each week. I will fold laundry within a day of washing it. I will find something to love about that person. I will work out four days a week. I will add more fruits and vegetables to my diet. These can happen. This type of resolution can reduce stress and eliminate the requirement of a perfection that we can’t attain anyway. Be realistic and find success!

2. Make a Plan – Develop a strategy you can sustain.

Plan for success. Our resolutions often lack the execution. How are we going to accomplish our goal? Many times we have no idea. We throw out a dream or ideal we have, but don’t think it through. If you want a clean house each week, when will you do what? If you want to stay on top of laundry, what is your schedule? If you want to find something to love about that person, how will you interact with them in small doses? If you want to work out four days a week, where, when, and how? If you want to add more fruits and veggies to your diet, what new recipes or meals are you going to try? Having a well-laid plan reduces the stress of implementation. Make a plan and find success!

3. Get Help – Enlist a support system you can appreciate.

Unite for success. Our resolutions often lack support. No man is an island. We all need help. Share your resolution with your spouse, family, friends, coworkers, or support group, whoever you want to help you, cheer you on, and hold you accountable. If you want to clean house, what can your family do to help you? If you want to avoid Mt. Saint Laundry erupting, what can your kids do to make it easier? If you want to find one thing to love about that person, who can you tell to keep you level-headed when he or she is not being so lovable? If you want to workout, who are you working out with? If you want to add more fruits and veggies, who can you involve in the menu planning? Using the resources that surround you is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength and recognition that we need community. Get help and find success!

I pray that you and I find success in 2015!

May we choose your resolutions wisely!

May we grow to be better people!

May our growth inspire those around us!

I’d love to know what your New Year’s resolutions are. Please share in the comments!

Mine are:

  1. Finish my read-through of the whole Bible with my iPhone app.
  2. Be the type of mother I know I should be by spending more time with my boys each day.
  3. Maintain a cleaner house by making a cleaning and laundry schedule.
  4. Buy a house by budgeting like a crazed lady for the down payment and closing costs.
  5. Work towards publishing a Children’s Education resource by writing three sample lessons and connecting with a publisher.
  6. Post more days on my blog than I don’t. (Hold me to this.)
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