Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Year's Resolutions - What Will Your's Be?

What will your New Year's Resolution be this year? Will you make one for 2013?

40 to 45% of Americans make one or more resolutions each year.  Weight loss, exercise, and cutting out cigarettes are among the top ten resolutions that are made. Dealing with better money management / debt reduction is also high on the list.

As time goes on, many of the resolutions are either forgotten or not met. The following statistics were taken from a sample of people who did make resolutions last year. This is the percentage of people who kept their resolutions over time:

- past the first week: 75%
- past 2 weeks: 71%
- after one month: 64%
- after 6 months: 46%

While there are a lot of people who make new years resolutions and don't keep them, research shows that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions.

What should our resolutions be for the new year? To make a resolution is to make a firm decision, a change, to make a declaration. Psalms 51:10 is my hope for all of us. "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." If you are struggling to make a resolution here are some suggestions:

1. Pray that God will reveal your resolutions to make.
2. Pray for God to help you full fill your goals.
3. Pray for strength and perseverance.
4. Find someone to hold you accountable to your commitments.
5. Allow failure to motivate you to keep going.
6. Give God all of the glory for meeting your goals.

Psalm 37:5-6 "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this; He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun."

Blessed in Christ,


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