Every year many of us follow the same old routine of making yet another round of New Year's resolutions. What's just as predictable as making these New Year's Resolutions is the fact that many of you have already given up on them before the month of January is over. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big believer in continually looking for ways to make improvements in any areas of your life. However, what frustrates me the most is when I see and hear people, many of whom I know and love deeply, make an oath to change the same bad behaviors and habits year after year.
It's often said that the definition of insanity is repeating the same mistakes over and over again and expecting different results. I find this to be the case for many people when setting goals with each passing new year. Despite your initial will power and determination to succeed, the fact is that until you make some changes to your mindset and behavior patterns, you have almost no chance for permanent, long-term success.
If you find yourself constantly failing in your New Year's resolutions, I'd like to challenge you to set a "New" New Year's resolution for 2016. My challenge to you consists of three easy steps that I hope will enable you to bring about the changes you seek:
1) Make a resolution to adhere to your 2016 New Year's resolution all year.
2) Make a resolution that you will commit your two most valuable resources every week towards achieving your goals. Your time and your money are you two most valuable resources. You only commit them both to things in your life that really matter.
3) Make a resolution to pray daily and seek God's guidance for inspiration, strength and determination to once and for all conquer your New Year's resolutions.
I can't imagine you not having some degree of success in achieving any goal, as long as you abide by these three principles every day of your life. Make 2016 a year of permanent change by taking a new approach to your New Year's resolutions.
Peace, health and happiness!