This is a new year for many people, especially students heading to college, or families with school-aged children. We’re all coming out of the fun-and-sun times of the summer, and it’s time to get back to a more normal routine.
With this return to routine, many people make New (School) Year’s resolutions. If you’re going to make them, you should do our best to keep them, don’t you think? So here are a few quick bullet points from my message on Sunday (if you’d like more details, email me to request a CD).
- Check your motivation – be motivated by something which will last into eternity.
- Set realistic goals – we often overestimate what we can get done in a day, and underestimate what we can get done in a year.
- Don’t quit when you slip – there’s always slip-ups with new things, so be prepared for it, and don’t throw in the towel when it happens.
- Start now – the Bible uses the word today twice as often as tomorrow, and uses now 1000 times more than later. Get the point? Don’t wait!
And two more tips that may help —
Guys — studies show you are more likely to follow through on your resolutions if you set specific goals (like: read one chapter a day, or exercise for 30 minutes three times a week).
Ladies — studies also show you are more like to stick with your resolutions if you tell a friend what you have resolved to do differently, and then ask that friend to follow up with you.
Happy new year!