40 Days: 38) 7 Reasons Why New Year Resolutions Fail

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I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:3-6 ESV)

The cross of Jesus Christ was God’s idea. Which is why it was, and is, infallible. God never fails, and neither does anything that He resolves.

With that in mind, I present to you why New Year Resolutions fail…

1) Resolutions that are made, that are not aligned with God’s plans are bound to fail. God in His sovereignty knows your plans before you make resolutions. How much easier would life and making New Years resolutions be if we just made ones that align with his blueprints for our lives?

2) Resolutions that fail are more often than not usually promote a form of outward change without inner transformation. First thing to note is that any resolution made without the resolve towards a transformation of the Spirit, will remain surface and self centred in nature. Have you ever asked yourself why for the new year, the majority of people who make resolutions, make decisions regarding the betterment of their mind, spirit and body? What is the reason why someone would want to read the Bible or other books more, or workout and eat right more, or pray more? A lot of time it’s to become a better you. The message of the cross is simply at odds with this message – rather than having the aim of being a better version of you, Jesus would have us be crucified with Christ?

3) Goals aren’t clear. If your targets are fuzzy, you’ll hit em every time.

4) There are no routine incremental steps towards the resolution. If all you see is the mountain ahead in your resolution, it can be quite disheartening. For instance, in the USA, the number one resolution made annually at this time of year is to “lose weight”. If the goal is not specific in nature as per 3) then you’ll either fail, or you’ll hit it much more easily at the very slight sight of improvement. Each mountain is conquered one step at a time.

5) Resolutions are often made without resolving in the heart. Achievable resolutions are usually made with deep resolve of the heart, whether it’s a firm disgust of a current predicament, or simply a tiresome view of the current status quo. The pain of remaining in the state we are in during 2013 should scream far louder than the pain of walking through the initial excruciating pattern adjustments to be made in 2014, in order for a resolution to be of any lasting consequence.

6) Resolutions do not involve helping others. We live to love God. That’s simple enough. We also exist to love one another, through sharing, humility and compassion.

7) Resolutions do not start “tomorrow”. Each “today” matters. Nuff said.

Jesus had such a strong resolve in his heart to go to the cross so that humankind will find it’s way back to him. That kind of resolve is the kind that one needs to see lasting transformation in your life and the lives of others around you.

Here’s 7 tips for resolutions that will last:

1) Create resolutions regularly throughout the year.

2) Get some kind of tracker to help track your progress, and commit to entering data.

3) Set time to dream regularly and envision what life will be like when this resolution comes to pass.

4) Meditate in God’s word and in prayer regularly.

5) Ask God what are his New Year Resolutions

6) Share the resolution with trusted people

7) Connect your resolution to the glorification of God and helping other people.

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