There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making New Year’s Resolutions. A resolution is simply a firm decision, a determination to change something. Nothing wrong with that… but don’t leave it at that. Doing two simple things will take it out of the realm of mere intention:
- Tie your resolution to the purpose God has for your life. Fitting it into the big picture gives it a meaning and value that will take it beyond just the heady rush of the first week of the new year.
- Write down the resolution in the form of an actual goal. Use the SMART acronym to get it on paper and in your heart and mind.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making New Year’s Resolutions, but without a form to them, an actual reason and an actual plan, what’s the point? Be intentional. Burn bright.
“The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.”
- When Person A was the only game in town they encouraged Person B to pursue their heart’s desire, knowing full well it was similar to their own. When Person B’s version of the business started doing well, Person A cut off all contact. That was even though A’s business was not diminished but was even promoted by B. Person A felt distinctly threatened.
- There is a writer who limits herself to writing small articles now and then. The reason? Too much competition. She says when she walks into a library and sees how many books have been published it discourages her that she’ll probably never stand out.
- K. doesn’t understand why their career never took off while watching enviously as other in the same field flourish. K. has much more talent than others I know in their line of work, but I’ve never seen them try to move forward. They keep waiting for people to come to them, and keeps growing in resentment as others hard work pays off.
I found myself similar circumstances recently. One of my friends was talking about preparing a book for publication – something I’ve been talking about for a couple of years. She asked for some direction and advice. As she talked excitedly about it I realized that I had been kind of slow – okay, okay, lazy – in my efforts in that area. I thought I had so far to go, but realized that I really was almost there. As I spoke to her I was surprised at how much I actually did know about it and how close I was to being ready to take the next step. It would have been easy for me to feel threatened by her coming close into my territory. I could have been discouraged that she was moving at a faster pace and could easily surpass me. I could become resentful that she is probably nearer our mutual goal than I am. I could see her as competition that threatens my existence.
Instead I decided that I to take this as reinforcement and inspiration – a kick in the pants, if you will. I invited her to the Northwest Christian Writer’s Association meetings and Writer’s Renewal. I gave her ideas of what to do next and suggestions for her to research. I want to encourage her as much as possible to pursue her purpose and to equip her for it. I also want to see it as healthy competition – not to be better than her, but to keep myself in top form as I pursue my purpose. To make sure that I am doing and giving my best towards my own goals, but with the realization that I am not the only game in town but am willing to help others succeed – even to a higher level then me. I want her to be successful. I want me to be successful. It can be mutual. In fact it must be mutual.