It’s that time of year! We are resolving of all the things that we want to improve on. It’s a new year, a new opportunity to be the best you. Unfortunately, according to StatisticBrain in 2015 about 8% of people who made a New Year’s Resolution succeeded. I used to be against New Year’s Resolution until I thought about it another way. Ordinarily, people wish, want and hope to be the best versions of themselves. There is one time a year that we are united in our thinking that we need to make a change for the better in our lives and a New Year is a great opportunity to reflect on what that one, two or maybe three things. Some people take it further than New Year’s Eve banter and attempt to make a change for about two to three weeks until the need or want to change no longer becomes a priority and familiar, comfortable habits creep back into your life and the passion fades and back to business as usual. Why? How? Why did that passion go away so quickly? How do you keep that motivation going? There are lots of tips, and I am sure within the next week everyone will have an opinion but I know from my experience what proved to work and make a resolution a solution and now a lifestyle that I plan on maintaining forever.
Seven ways to Make Your Resolution a Lifestyle
7.Do the research. Find out what you need to get to where you’re going. If you plan on publishing a book, what steps do you need to take? If you planning on losing weight, how much? How? Why?
Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. Proverbs 19:2
6. Prepare Yourself. Don’t just wake up January 1st, throw away everything in your house and go to the gym running on the elliptical like a cheetah (for about 3 minutes), lifting up a 5 lbs dumbbell two or three times and wiping the sweat from your brow talking about, Phew! I did it! Get a plan, a good plan a plan that is made just for you, your likes, and goals and then get ready to execute that plan. Buy the food on the menu, prep the meals, schedule time in your week to do the workouts!
Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”
5. Find a buddy or group. Don’t just find any buddy; find someone who is going to call you out lovingly if you’re not doing what you should and someone to be your loudest biggest cheerleader just when you need that extra push. Accountability buddies can be invaluable with the ups and downs of a weight loss or goal seeking journey. You can join us at FaithFueled™ Life Facebook Group for daily prayer, meditation ideas, encouragement and accountability. We have an amazing group of women growing and supporting each other through our faith then fitness journey.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
4.Execute with Energy. If you’re going to do something, do it well. Do it to the best of your abilities! Just think you’re only going to be uncomfortable for a maximum of 1 hour out of your day. That is going to add years to your life. The cost is less than the benefit, and you’re so worth it.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
3. Track your progress. According to findings of the American Psychological Association, “Frequently monitoring progress toward goals increases chance of success.There are various ways that you can track your results. You can use a fitness tracker, pictures, food logs, and measurement logs are examples of easy ways to track your progress. I don’t like the numbers games of scales and measurements and although I do track my measurements I prefer pictures. Everyone is different, but you’ll find what works best for you.
2. Craft the best, Why! Other than prayer. An excellent “Why?” will get you up and out of bed on a cold rainy day and into the gym. A magnificent “Why?” will give you the self-discipline to say “No, thank you” to that one indulgence. It’s going to get you over the hurdle and sustain you through the plateaus. You MUST, no exception have a “why?” to make your resolution stick!
1.Pray and Give it to God. When we do things with Christ it makes it so much easier, attainable and within our reach, because He can place all our wants in the palm of our hands. Giving your goals to Christ to lead your steps and follow your directions. While you’re doing the research, while you’re preparing yourself, when you have to decide to use that plan b and to execute and get the plan done will help you achieve your goals and the ones that He has for you too. This may be the missing piece that hindered you from achieving that resolution but not this year. You’re doing things a little different.
“On days we’re not motivated to exercise, perhaps we need to go to Jesus. We can lay our very real struggle into His very capable hands and watch Him work in us for His glory.”-Matthew Pryor
When you are consistently filling yourself with the Bread of life instead of being content with the “food that spoils” you will never go hungry both physically and spiritually. “Do not reserve the Bread of Life just for Sundays. Make it a daily mindset” to achieve your goals with His strength.
How do you plan to stick to your resolutions? Have you ever considered intentionally praying for direction and help to achieve your desires?