5 Biblical Solutions to Achieve Your Goals and Resolutions
Every year at this time, people of all walks of life, set goals or "New Year Resolutions". Unfortunately, many of them go unachieved. If this describes you, I want you to know that there is a solution, a biblical solution to achieving your goals and resolutions.
Did You Know:
- 45% make goals and resolutions for the new year, but just 8% actually achieve them
- 25% never succeed, and fail after the first week
- 60% abandon their goals and resolutions within six months
What would you say if I told you that "New Year Resolutions" don't work? It's a system that's flawed. They're easy to make but hard to keep. It requires planning, action and commitment to work and for many that's the issue.
Over the years, I've noticed that the one big thing that most people don't set as a goal or resolution is a desire to be committed to it. Without commitment, your goals and resolutions won't work.
Here are five biblical and proven solutions to finally achieve your goals and "New Year Resolutions". Regardless of how old you are.
- Plan before you begin
“But don’t begin until you count the cost." Luke 14:28-33
Many times, "New Year Resolutions" are not thought through. Planning will help you chart a course for achieving and following through. This process begins with reviewing and identifying what needs to be done first.
Planning involves envisioning the results you want to achieve, and determining the steps necessary to arrive at your intended goal.
In the planning stage, your goals should be:
- Specific. Spell it out.
- Measurable. Have a start date and time as well as an end date and time.
- Actionable. Things you can actually do.
- Realistic. Things that are practical and sensible.
- Make guilt free commitments
So, many make commitments out of fear, guilt and intimidation. When making resolutions, remember this:
Don't fall to outside pressure. Don't allow others, to pressure you into doing something you are not sure about or are not prepared for.
"If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning." Romans 14:23
Also, do not make any vows. "But I say, do not make any vows!" Romans 5:34.
Your commitment to achieving you goals and "New Year Resolution" has to be what you want. Your why. That one thing that will motivate you to follow through.
Find your own reasons that will help you achieve your goals for the new year.
- Write down your goals
I am proof that this works. I've been writing down my goals and achieving them for years.
In the book of Habakkuk 2:2, God asked Habakkuk to, "Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others."
Making sure the correct message was delivered, was just one reason the Lord wanted Habakkuk to write it down.
Here's something else to consider:
Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals and follow through on resolutions just by writing them down.
Here are five reasons why you should write down your goals and resolutions:
1. It will help you to clarify what you want.
2. It will motivate you to take action.
3. It will keep you from becoming distracted.
4. It will encourage you overcome resistance.
5. It will enable you to see and celebrate your progress.
So, what are you waiting for? Start writing. The new year will be gone before you know it!
- Take action
It's time to implement your plan. As Peter said "Prepare your minds for action". Things don't just happen. You have to make them happen.
"Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." James 2:17
"Talk is cheap". It really has little or no value.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:20, "Just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions."
The best indication of your commitment, are your actions. So, "Say what you mean and mean what you say".
- Be consistent
After you have carefully planned and thought through your commitment, be consistent in your efforts to it.
"So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9
I hope this information is helpful, and helps you do resolutions and set your goals better.