Most of us probably eat more than we should over the Christmas season and probably also do far less exercise than we should. So on the first day of January, it is appropriate to set our resolution for the year.
How about a shift in paradigm and developing some new habits into our lives. Is that any different to a resolution? I think so. Let me give some guidelines.
- Set achievable goals for yourself: Okay so you want a healthy lifestyle so you start by resolving to exercise for an hour a day and by the end of the month you have completely given up. Why not set an achievable goal. Start slowly. Exercise for 25 minutes three times a week. You can increase it if you want to but don't set yourself up for failure. If you want to get into the habit of reading the Bible on a daily basis, set yourself a reasonable goal so that your Bible reading becomes a habit of joy.
- Delight in your newly forming habits: Wake up with anticipation in the morning for how your goal will improve your lifestyle, your relationships or your personal well-being. A new set goal becomes a life long habit when you enjoy what you are doing, so don't set unrealistic goals or they never become habits.
- Make yourself accountable: We all need a little help along the way. You need to make yourself accountable to someone to help keep you on track. That won't take the joy out of your newly established goal it just encourages you along the way.
- Don't give up: If you goal is going to become a habit then you need to ensure you keep at it.
Happy New Year–and may you invest your time and energy in some life changing habits in 2017.
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,