Strategies to help keep your New Year resolutions.

At the beginning of the new year, we always hear the usual Resolutions: losing weight, eating healthy, spending more time with family, stop smoking/drinking, travel more, make more money, etc.

Let me just say that I support every one of you who chose to make a resolution, no matter what it is, because that is the first step in making any sort of change: making the decision to do it!

But here’s the reality….IT IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY!

Many things we decide can be done in a snap of a finger moment. For example, this morning I decided not to work out because I needed a break, and that was a decision I made in about 3 seconds. However, I did make the decision to get back into working out because I’ve been slacking the past few months. Have I worked out every single day? No. Have I made an effort to incorporate workouts into my schedule throughout the week? YES! There are days where I don’t feel like working out at all and it is an absolute STRUGGLE to pull myself out there, but once I do it, I feel ten times better.

The important thing about resolutions is that we don’t give up on them. Don’t choose to make it a resolution the first week of January and then forget about it the rest of the year. Now, I am in no way, shape, or form, standing on a pedestal looking down at those of you who have dropped your resolutions because I have been there and done that many times!!

I’m here talking about resolutions because I’m also holding myself accountable. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone this year, doing my best to follow God’s plan for my life. I’ve always had a passion for writing. I’ve been working on a book the past few years that I keep putting aside strictly out of FEAR that I’m not good enough. The thoughts in my head are so negative that they have won every time.

This year, I’m surrounding myself with the armor of God and I’m going for it. We need to stop being afraid of failure, because failure is going to happen at times and we are going to learn from it.

Success does not happen overnight. It happens with consistent work, guidance, and trust in a plan that is greater than we could ever imagine.

In hopes of following through with my own resolutions this year, here are a few strategies that I hope to implement:

  1. Schedule time to work on your resolutions. I bought myself a new calendar at the beginning of the year and I have dedicated a certain amount of time each week to write. If it is scheduled, I am more than likely to follow through with it.
  2. Positive post-it notes! Are you doubting yourself? Write some motivational post-it notes, or even ones that contain scriptures, and place them in places that you’ll see throughout the day. Sometimes we just need that positive encouragement to keep going.
  3. Find an accountability buddy. Did a close friend of yours make the same resolution? Set a time each week to meet with your friend and talk about your progress, or even get together and work on your resolution together! If you don’t have a close friend with the same resolution, reach out to others on social media. There are many groups out there who are there to support others. Hey, I’ll check in on you if you want-just reach out!
  4. Pray. Philippines 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” What better motivation and guidance than the word itself. Have a tough time? Pray to God to support and guide you. Feeling beat down? Pray to God to lift you up. He is truly the best accountability buddy.
  5. Forgive yourself. Are you going to slip up at times? Of course. I know that I’m going to suffer from writers block, but I need to forgive myself and try to do better next time. If I spend the whole time being mad at myself for not writing, I’ll never write.

You can choose to make a resolution, or change, any day of the year. You do not have to wait until January 1st to begin again. Every day is a new day and in every day is there something good.

“Today, be the badass girl you were too lazy to be yesterday.”

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