All too often, setting goals or resolutions seem to set people up for failure and increased self-abasement. Consider the following statistics:
45% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions.
8% of Americans succeed in keeping their resolutions.
24% never succeed in keeping their resolutions.
These statistics hold little encouragement or motivation for setting resolutions. Now consider this related statistic:
People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make them.
While the failure statistics speak loudly, a focus on the probability for success can determine the reality for meeting desired change. Increase your chances of success by setting resolutions that take steps toward a healthier you, that focus on whatever leads to more joy, and that build and repair relationships.
Goal Setting Tips
Creating resolutions/goals significantly increases your chances for moving forward. How you go about making and maintaining those goals has a huge impact on their chances for success, though.
Consider the following goal setting tips to help you move toward a healthier year.
- Pray first. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the goals that direct you down the path of God’s will for his glory. (Proverbs 16:9)
- Keep it simple. Simple may not necessarily mean easy, but it does mean being more focused and truer to who you are in Christ. Stay simple and specific with goal setting.
- Think small-steps. Never underestimate the power of small steps that add up over time to make a huge difference.
- Write them down. People are 42% more likely to achieve their goals just by writing them down.
- Pray often. Put your written goals somewhere you’re likely to run across them frequently. Pray over them every time you do.
Ask yourself what reality you want to struggle toward this next year. Remember that a reality of true joy and one where truth determines focus lies at the heart of a struggle that truly leads to victory.