Why I Don’t Set New Year’s Resolutions

A new year. A fresh start. And all over the globe people are making new year’s resolutions. Full of hope and promise, millions will spouting about what they want to do in the coming year: quit smoking, lose weight, write a book, start a business. Whatever it might be, new year’s resolutions are set with the best of intentions, and I commend that. But I won’t be joining in.

Don’t get me wrong. There are definitely things that I want to accomplish in the coming year. And last year, I set forth the year with my own list of things to accomplish. But they aren’t New Year’s Resolutions. They are part of a bigger plan – my personal vision for  success – and part of a specific strategy and set of goals I’d like to accomplish.

You see, New Years Resolutions are all well and good, and are usually set with the utmost intention to meet them. But yet, in 6 weeks most people will give up and say they tried and that’s it, maybe next year. And in 4 months, the vast majority of people have abandoned their resolution.

I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I want, for me, for my family, and for my friends, clients, and readers. Each year I want to make progress towards becoming better, towards becoming the person that God has laid on my heart to become. And I wish that for you too.

This year, instead of making a new year’s resolution, map out who, in your heart, you want to be in the key areas of your life. And then pick one thing to work on – just one – that is your most important focus for the year. Then figure out what you need to do to improve in that one area, map it out.

And don’t give up. Success isn’t about perfection, arriving, or getting it right all the time, it’s about moving forward and growing into who you are meant to be, in whatever way that means for you.

Just remember, you matter – and you matter to more people than you realize. This can be your best year ever. Cast your vision of success and work towards it. Believe in yourself, the dream in your heart, and have faith. You can accomplish amazing things with God’s help and the willingness to keep moving forward.

I believe in you.

…Shannon

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