The craziest thing about New Year’s Resolutions is that we open up our mouths with so much ease and declare with great certainty what we’ll accomplish without counting the cost. Our gestures are very sincere and even come from a real and good place. We create vision boards, dedicate ourselves to God at church services, party with good people, talk about what we’re thankful for and even what God saved us from. Even more, we use buzzwords to pepper up and describe what the new year will bring to us like: Better, GREATER, More, Increase and etc.
Ironically, According to Forbes Magazine only 8% of the people who make New Year’s Resolutions follow through on their promises.
A New Year’s Resolution is good when it’s coupled with consistent action
I’ve learned that tackling promises, vows and commitments can sometimes be easier when you have a team of folk(s) that hold you accountable, challenge and push you in the direction you should go and remind you of what God has before you. On the flip-side of that coin are a different set of people who blow kisses at you and assassinate your character all in the same sentence, don’t check you when you’re wrong, allow you to go rogue or M.I.A. and convince you to stay right where you are out of secret fear or hate that’ll you’ll succeed or be better off than them, if by chance you kill it.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
– Proverbs 27:6
When the truth of the matter is… you can’t take everyone, everything, mindset or habit with you into the new year. Don’t make the mistake of taking that “something” with you into the new year that was supposed to be buried in the previous year. If you take it with you, you may find yourself not walking in everything that God has for you because you’ll constantly be turning around to check its vital signs. Erykah Badu said it best on Bag Lady,
Bag lady you gone hurt your back
Dragging all them bags like that
I guess nobody ever told you
All you must hold onto, is you, is you, is you
– Erykah Badu
Finally, take courage because this takes faith and guts. It’s not for the weak, especially if that DEAD thing you’ve been carrying with you has matriculated into your every day life over a period of years. Here are a few action steps to get the ball rolling as you attempt to get closer to God and accomplish your resolutions.
- Do something different in order to get a different result
- Delete old numbers that lead you back into dark places
- Unfollow folk that pull you away and distract you from God’s purpose in your life
- Read a book and attain new knowledge (i.e. The Word and books dealing with habits and mindset)
What do you plan on doing different in order to accomplish your New Year Resolutions?