Happy New Year! I hope you are having a good start to 2016 and had a good ending to 2015. Let’s make this a year of different. A year of intentionality. A year of doing what needs to be done, no matter how we feel.
I want to make this a year of encouragement. I have a passion for encouraging people toward growth–changing bad habits, developing new ones, strengthening what faith they have, and striving toward greatness every day. It’s something I try to do in my own life, preaching to myself, encouraging myself, driving myself forward.
New Year’s Resolutions are notorious; they are infamous. They are resolutions we make and keep for maybe a month, maybe two, even three if you’re really strong in willpower. But for some reason these new resolutions rarely make it into our daily habits, and eventually we grow tired of them and go back to our comfort zones of what we have always done.
This year, I don’t know if you made any resolutions, but I want to encourage you to set goals for 2016. Thinking ahead to 2017, what kind of person do you want to become? What do you want your health to look like? What kind of shape do you want to be in, physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally? How would you want others to talk about you and your reputation? What kind of work do you want to be doing? What gets you excited and motivated in life, and how can you do more of that?
Set goals and don’t let them just stand by, forgotten and useless and never incorporated into your daily life. Zig Ziglar is quoted as saying this:
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Whatever your motivation is for New Year’s Resolutions, I want to challenge you to make some for this year. And then review those resolutions. DAILY. Every day, check back on yourself, challenge yourself, keep pushing forward. Evaluate yourself, no matter how uncomfortable it may be or how much you may not like the answer.
Do something each day to work toward becoming a better version of yourself than you are right now. Grow in your relationships. Grow in your faith in Jesus Christ. Grow in your understanding and knowledge of the Word of God. Become a harder worker. Improve your attitude. The goals are endless! Pick one and do it daily!