Updated: Feb 13, 2019
Now that January is over and resolutions are in full swing, I thought I would share my new perspectives on resolutions, what they used to mean to me and how changing my approach has restored my mindset about them.
I love the prospect of a New Year. Just the word “new” lends itself to something unique and unseen, a fresh start of something old, or an unexpected or striking quality that is generally pleasing. Thinking ahead in those terms is what inspires me to put my best foot forward into the upcoming year. In the past, resolutions looked more like broken promises so I began to avoid making them. Setting goals, long and short term, is what I find to be more effective because it allows me to reflect on where I fell short and build a plan to succeed from there. But even with those practices I was still lacking what was needed to consistently bring my best year after year. Having goals that allow me to keep growing in all areas instead of setting rigid ones that might never be met are better for me. But how do I get there? Declaring that I will go to the gym 5 days a week this year in an effort to stay in shape is unrealistic because I know I can’t control everyday situations and quite frankly, I don't want to workout everyday. So this year I decided to restore my resolutions and goals and render them to someone else. God.
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Psalm 51:12 (NIV)
Wisdom in the Waiting
Resolutions require us to take action but what if the action is just a simple pause. Being a self- proclaimed impatient person, sometimes I act too quickly on things, causing me to repeatedly fail. Taking a step back to see what other people’s needs are first, is where I’ve found wisdom in the waiting. Pausing on a scheduled workout time to meet with a friend or relative who needs it, helps keep me other-centered instead of self-centered. Interrupting my chosen goals for others sometimes isn’t easy for me and most times isn’t an instinctual thing to do. However, what if I resolve to push pause on my goals and gain some patience and perspective on God’s goals for me in the new year? Pausing allows me to see better, listen better and speak better. If I cling to those goals for the new year I will al