Last week I had time to read quite a few blogs on New Year’s Resolutions. Some bloggers believe it’s good to make them, and others say no. Michael Hyatt says that 25% of those who make New Year’s Resolutions will give up in just a week. Fewer than half will still be making progress by summer and only 8% will be successful. Follow through is hard work.
I really don’t like the word resolution. However, I do like one of its synonyms. It’s the word intention. The dictionary definition says that intention is an aim that guides. It’s something that’s done with purpose. I know there are things that I want to be more intentional about in 2016. As a Life Coach I came up with some questions for myself that I wanted answered. I spent two hours one afternoon last week putting together a plan that is already helping me move forward in areas of my life that are the most important: spiritual, physical, relational, ministry, and work related. I asked:
- What do I need to change?
- What do I need to let go of?
- What do I need to keep?
- Who do I want to get to know better and how can I make that happen?
- What can I do to help those who are in need?
- What can I do to make sure I get the needed amount of sleep?
- What do I need to do to stay consistent in exercise?
- How can I eat healthier?
- What plan can I make that will help me learn more about the things in which I’m most passionate?
- What can I do to laugh more?
The first question is the one that took the most time to answer. I knew what needed to be addressed and it was painful. I’d been putting it off. It’s the way I manage my time. I can’t improve in many of the other areas if I’m not managing my time well. I laid out a plan and I’m seeing progress. This year I will get more things done that bring joy, freedom, fulfillment, and purpose.
Be careful how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity. Ephesians 5:15,16
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Yes! Good questions.
You had a good question for me the day you came over. What are you looking forward to in 2016? I think I talked your ear off:-). I’m really excited about lots of things! I wanted to hear from you, too, on that question but we ran out of time. Hope we can find time to connect again sometime soon.
These questions are excellent and certainly food for thought as I consider a new year of opportunity. I’m printing and tacking this list to my bulletin board. Great blog!
Great to hear from you and knowing these questions are helping you move forward in making 2016 one of your best years ever! Blessings!