Did you know that the average person makes the same New Year’s Resolution 10 times?
That’s a lot of hopes dashed and discouragement along the way. But I get it. I’ve been there myself.
The turning point for me came when I asked the Holy Spirit to reveal the lies I was believing and the areas of sin that were holding me back from experiencing the bountiful life that Jesus promised. It was only after a period of soul searching and prayer that I actually began to be more disciplined in my Bible reading, eating, exercising, and organizing.
Here are some of the questions I used to guide my prayerful deliberation. I hope they encourage you to make this year the turning point of your life:
1. Why do I want to achieve this goal?
We probably all want better health, better finances, better relationships, and a better walk with Jesus. But that’s only scratching the surface. Spend some time thinking about the deeper reasons that makes this goal important for you.
As you think about losing weight, perhaps you’ll realize that what you really want is to stop sitting on the sidelines when your kids play tag. You want to be more actively involved with your kids, to make memories together, and to share special moments that you’ll all look back on with fondness. Figure out your core desires and see how your habitual resolutions tie to them. You’ll be more motivated to keep your resolutions.
2. What will I have to sacrifice to accomplish this goal?
“No good thing comes easily,” the old adage goes, and it’s true. If we want to experience progress in our lives, we will have to sacrifice things to get there.
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