Tomorrow begins a new year! Have you thought about your new year resolutions?
Forty-five percent of Americans create New Years resolutions, but 38% of Americans never make resolutions. (Static Brain Research Institute)
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
While you may not create resolutions, I think we all consider how we want the new year to be different and better. So as we enter in 2016, here are 4 tips for reaching your goals and making 2016 the best year yet!
Limit your goals. If you set goals for your spiritual life, your home life, your work life, and for yourself personally you’ll never reach them all, if you complete any at all. While there is no magic number, the fewer goals you set the more likely you’ll reach them. As we start 2016, I have only 2 goals for myself. As these become habits, I plan to add more goals throughout the year.
Create measurable goals. Reading the Bible more and exercising more sound like good goals, but in fact they set you up for failure as there is no way to measure your success. Set clear goals with measurable outcomes. My 2 goals for 2016 are to:
- Read a book a month
- Do yoga (or some other type of exercise activity) 3 times a week
Put them somewhere you will see them. Two years ago I created a poster with my goals for the year and put it next to my desk where I would see it every day. It was pretty and a nice reminder of what I wanted to accomplish. However, I ignored the previous tips and had too many immeasurable goals and therefore had little success. Whether you write it on a napkin and or make an amazing piece of art, write your goals down and display them in a place you will see frequently.
Find accountability. Run along side a friend. Join a Bible Study discussion group. Download a calorie counting app. It’s easier to complete a goal when others are in it with you. For my reading goal, I’ve set up an account with GoodReads.com to track my progress. I’m still looking for accountability for my second goal; any ideas?
Let’s create new habits this year! Let’s continue to find ways to bring glory to God with our time, talents, and relationships.