A Christian’s Practical Guide to Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
For most, the ringing in of the new year is often accompanied by a fresh wave of new visions, goals, and expectations. The excitement of starting a new calendar is enough to motivate most into taking new and affirmative steps towards the direction of our dreams. However, according to a study by proactive change, by the end of the first week of the new year, 25% of goal-setters will have forsaken their new year’s resolutions. Further, by June, only about 55% will continue to pursue their resolutions.
These statistics may seem discouraging, however great planning supplemented with persistent prayer can help you stay on track of your new year’s goals. Here are some practical tips on how to make sure you reach the finish line of every goal you have set for 2018 with flying colors!
Write the Vision and Make it Plain
Most people simply create a bullet-point list of their yearly goals. Though this is a great start, it is important to write out your vision as specific and detailed as possible. For example, instead of simply writing
Try “Work out for at least an hour 3-5 times a week, create weekly meal plans, Drink at least 16 oz. of water a day.”
Or, Instead of writing
“Get closer to God”
Try writing, “Read my bible at least 3 times a week. spend at least 30 minutes in worship daily. start a devotional, read at least one Christian book a month, and watch at least one online sermon a week.”
For every goal you have, Come up with a plan of action. Don’t just answer the question “What?” but make sure you answer the question “how?” as well. A lot of people fail in their goals because they know where they want to go but they don’t know how to get there. Educate yourself on what it will take in order to reach your goals and write it down.
In order to step into a new season, we usually have to be willing to do something new. As the New Year begins always take time and reflect on the previous years and see where there is room for improvement. Take note of your mistakes and your flaws. This will help you to determine what things you need to change in order to see your goals achieved.
For Example, If you want to save money ask yourself
“Have I been spending my money on frivolous things?”
“Am I an impulsive buyer”
“What can I cut out of my budget”
“Do I spend too much money trying to impress people”
Or maybe you want to grow your business-
“Do I waste precious time or lack in the area of time management?
“Do I need to be more organized?”
“Am I inconsistent?”
The quicker you can recognize your flaws, the quicker you can change them for the better, So don’t hesitate to self-evaluate and self-reprimand.
Make a Monthly Plan and Review it Every Month
Now that you have written all your goals down and you’ve evaluated the areas you need to change, come up with a month to month plan of action for each goal. Figure out how are you going to measure your progress every month. Nothing happens overnight and in order to reach your goals, you have to be willing to be consistent and motivated.
For example, if you are trying to save money, think of a clear dollar amount or percentage you would like to save by the end of the year. Then, think of how much you will need to save per month in order to reach that. This can be applied to your fitness journey as well, how many pounds do you need lose per month? Or how many followers do you need to gain a month? How much product do you need to sell per month?
One of the worst mistakes people make while setting new year’s resolutions is that they write them down in the beginning of the year but they soon forget about them. Either mark your calendar or set a reminder on your phone for the first day of the month to see if you have reached that monthly goal. This will allow you to see if you need to up your game, or if you are on the right track. It will also help you to constantly keep your goals at the forefront of your mind.
Fast and Pray
It is always a good idea to open up the new year in fasting mode. The most common type of fast is when you deny yourself certain foods for a specified amount of time. You can also try fasting social media, music, television, or something dear to your heart. Fasting helps to receive direction, wisdom, clarity, and power from God. The time you would spend eating or doing certain things, you can now dedicate to seeking God’s face and guidance. Here are a few guides on fasting to check out:
Phil 4:6 tells us to always pray and make our petitions known to God. When we write down our goals, we should write them in faith that God makes each one of them possible. Make sure to continuously pray over each goal, whether big or small. Continue to pray no matter how impossible it may seem. Pray that God open doors, gives you grace, favor, and direction, etc. Believe that everything that you ask for in his name shall be done.
In closing, be intentional about all your goals. Know that you can do all things through Christ Jesus and nothing is impossible for a Child of God. Be honest with your self but most importantly trust in God. Put Him first in everything, and acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths!
What are some of your new year’s goals?
Editor at Christian En Vogue
Kesha Dorisma is the visionary behind Christian En Vogue. She is deeply and utterly in love with Jesus Christ and she is passionate about sharing his love to the masses of this world and making his name famous! Outside of writing she is also a photographer and she loves fashion, singing and dancing, and working out before eating sushi and pizza!