Raise your hand if you made a New Year’s resolution? If you raised your hand, here’s the bad news: the available research shows that only 12 – 22% of those that set resolutions actually achieve those goals. Talk about daunting odds! While I’m not against setting New Year’s resolutions, I believe we need to set out daily, rather than annually, with a plan and purpose. It’s easy to say “I’m going to lose weight”, “I’m going to quit smoking”, “I’m going to get out of debt”,etc. etc. But how do you plan on doing so?
I think most people fail because they fail to plan. To succeed at anything you need a road map – a daily weekly and monthly plan of how you plan on accomplishing your goals. If you plan on getting out of debt than you need a monthly budget that you review weekly and commit to following. Likewise, if you plan to lose weight, you need to plan out your meals weekly and your exercise plan that compliment your diet. If you want to get a job, you need a game plan for finding that job. Most of all, you need an accountability partner – someone who is willing to walk with you and hold you accountable in pursuing your plan.
There are dreamers in life and there are doers. Most people are dreamers because they lack the inner resolve to rise about whatever their circumstances, to dismiss any and all excuses to fully achieve their true potential. Life really is, or at least should be, more simple than we often make it. For those that follow me closely, you’ll know there’s two main pieces of advice that I give young people that I minister to: 1. Seek God’s plan and purpose for your life and 2. Surround yourself with people are serious about seeking God’s plan and purpose for their life.
It really is that simple folks! If you set a goal plan based on God’s will and surround yourself with people who are doing likewise, meeting your goals while fulfilling your potential is inevitable. So what does that look like? For me, it was as simple as committing my life to Jesus Christ and then immersing myself in a bible-believing and teaching church. While none of this means that you’ll be immune to life’s struggles or the natural hurdles that come with trying to achieve your goals. It means that you’ll have the inner spiritual resolve to overcome those hurdles in fulfilling your potential. As Matthew 6:33 says: “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be given to you as well.” In other words, seek God first and everything else in 2012 will fall into place.
Happy New Year! Now back to the grind of life:)