New Year’s Resolutions

January 4th 2016, by Adam H. Burns

A couple of weeks ago I was looking at the calendar hanging in our kitchen at home. The end of the year was coming up fast, and I realized that we needed a new calendar for 2016. Luckily for me, my wife was thinking ahead and had picked up a free one at the grocery store.

I wouldn’t consider myself an optimist (not a pessimist either…more of a realist), but something about flipping the calendar to January brings about a sense of hope and promise for the new year. While I have never been a fan of them, many people adopt New Year’s resolutions. Some resolve to diet and exercise with a specific goal weight in mind. Others resolve to donate a certain amount of time and money to charity. But how often do we actually stick to it?

A couple of months ago a few of us from the Master’s team were privileged to attend the Catalyst One Day conference led by Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel. During one of his sessions, Craig challenged us to change how we think about our goals.

Many people set goals that are audacious and unable to be achieved. This often leads to failure and disappointment. Goals should be measured and defined and should allow us to create short-term wins. Instead of saying, “I’m going to lose weight”, we should say, “I’m going to lose 5 pounds this month.” By achieving these short-term wins we lay a foundation for continued success.

As I begin this new year, I am going take some time to do an honest self-evaluation. Are there areas of my life that I feel could use some improvement? I’m going to identify one or two areas to begin with, and set stretching, but attainable, goals. If I am able to achieve what it was I set out to do, I can use my accomplishment as a springboard to improve other areas. I encourage you to do the same.

Wishing you all the best for 2016.