Did you make a New Year’s Resolution last year? How did it go?
If you like the majority of people you set it aside within the 1st 6 weeks of the year. Maybe you went a little longer. Perhaps you of the small percentage that stuck to it. If so, congratulations!
Not completing your resolution as hoped does not make you a failure. It makes you human.
So what about that change you wanted to make in your life? Is it too late, too far fetched, too unreachable?
How important is it for you make that change? Do you really want it? How hard are willing to work for it?
Here are some steps to climbing that mountain.
- Don’t climb alone. Find someone you trust and respect to climb with you. Someone who will hold you accountable. (Ecc 4:12) (Prov 15:22)
- Make the mountain a molehill. Look at the overall goal as a large jigsaw puzzle. Break it down into workable pieces. Work a portion a time, bringing the full picture into focus. (Zec 4:10)
- Plan ahead. Mountain climbers don’t wake up one day saying ‘today I will climb a mountain’. They prepare, build up muscle, collect and pack supplies. What do you need to do to prepare? (Prov 21:5) (Prov 31:15)
- Set your mind on the goal. Make visual reminders and signs of encouragement around you to help keep the ultimate goal in mind. (Phil 3:13-14) (Ps 37:4) (Luke 14:28)
- Learn to say NO. Saying ‘yes’ to one thing means saying ‘no’ to another. Learn to say ‘no’ to things that will take you away from your goal. (Gal 6:5) (Tit 2:12)
- Forgive yourself. Stepping away doesn’t mean defeat. It means you stepped away. You can choose at this point to accept as defeat your faltered step or you can get up and start again. You are already several steps in. Pick up where you left off and continue to move forward. Consider it a pit stop on the journey. (1John 1:9) (Acts 3:19) (Rom 5:1)
Now, what are your plans for the New Year? You are about to begin a journey. Look out the windshield, not the rear view mirror, and move forward. Accept every accomplishment and hold to it. Take pit stops when needed, then continue on. Your destination awaits you.