“I don’t make resolutions.”
You might be one of the people who say that. If so, it’s possible that you’ve tried resolutions before and found the process frustrating or discouraging. Or, you feel that waiting until January to attempt new goals is silly, and that you can change your behavior anytime of the year.
We all know most people don’t maintain their resolutions, yet we still often use the new year as an artificial starting date to make necessary changes. However, there is one resolution you should make even if you find the process unappealing.
Here it is:
I will not quit.
Yes, it sounds totally simplistic. Resolutions by their very name imply that you’re not going to give up on them. Yet that’s exactly what most of us do midway through the journey. Usually that’s because whatever goal we have set doesn’t keep us engaged throughout the year. Reaching the goal becomes less and less important as we strive to reach it.
So instead of focusing on what goals to set, make not quitting your ONLY goal.
It doesn’t matter what major change you’ve committed to. If you have found yourself intimidated and discouraged by the deadlines you have set, release yourself from the need to complete that goal in a certain timeline, and simply decide to reject any excuse that would stop you.
This way, the only way to fail in your goal is to stop pursuing the goal. It doesn’t matter whether you actually achieve anything else.
Because if you don’t quit, you will eventually achieve the goal. Without question.
Your one resolution can be the difference between success and failure throughout 2017, as long as you remember this one thing.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. – Galatians 6:9 NLT
#LetsTalk – What steps are you taking in the new year to follow through on your goals? What’s the key to staying on track? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.