Happy New Year! I can hardly believe that half of January has already passed into history. By this time, many people have already forgotten about their New Year’s Resolutions. And that is what I want to talk about.
Nowadays, New Year’s Resolutions mean nothing. They are empty promises made to self just for the sake of speaking something . They should really be called, “Things I’d like to do this year – but most likely won’t.” Honestly, I can’t remember a time when these things were taken seriously. I’d be sitting around, just before midnight and people around me would start spouting off their resolutions. They all sounded really good. Even mine – every year I spoke up it was “lose weight, draw closer to God”. Things I thought would please or impress.
Has the word resolution lost all it’s meaning, as so many words in our language today? The root word is resolve. That means to bring an end to a problem. So, if I make a resolution to lose 20 lbs – then at the end of that year, my 20 lb problem should be resolved. If I make a resolution – to “resolve” to eat healthy; I have decided firmly, I have determined to, I have made a resolution to do that thing.
To be resolved is to be resolute, determined, purposeful, firm, unwavering, steadfast, inflexible, unyielding, unrelenting. You get the picture?
So then, as I make a resolution this year – I am not viewing it as something I’d like to do if my time allows, or if I am temporarily inclined.
I am resolute in my commitment. I will not waiver or yield. I will remain steadfast and determined; working relentlessly towards my goals.
I have many resolutions this year. There are about twelve on my list. Most of them require me to not be “me”. I am asking a lot of myself this year. I want to BE the type of person who will declutter her house, clean out her garage, let go of some collectibles. I want to BE a person who makes the time to exercise, plan healthy meals, and actually lose those 20+ lbs. I want to BE the person who blogs at least 2X a week, and keeps a life plan book. All of this goes against the grain of my creative brain and procrastinating ways. But I don’t care.
What really made me plant my foot firmly is the lifeplan book. I wanted one so badly. But I kept telling myself that it would be a waste of money, and that I wouldn’t use it. Because, after all – I know how I am. And then I thought to myself, “How ridiculous! I WANT to BE the person who uses this organizational tool, so BE it!” In other words – “JUST DO IT!” So, I ordered the planner and am using it, and so far I LOVE IT! It helps me to get my plans and to-do lists out of my head and onto paper, where I can see them. And better yet – I can
cross off the stuff I have completed, which is no small sense of accomplishment to me!
My word for the year is “BE”
Some synonyms for be are: remain, stay, last, continue, survive, endure, persist, prevail
It’s used to indicate the identity, qualities, or condition of a person or thing.
I will BE resolute
I will BE determined
I will BE purposeful
I will BE firm
I will BE unwavering
I will BE steadfast
I will BE inflexible
I will BE unyielding
I will BE unrelenting
A HUGE part of this change in me will come from drawing nearer to God. The time I devote to spending time in His Word, in prayer, and praise will shape me into the woman who is able to do all of these things. My mind and heart will desire the things that He desires. I will be equipped. He will be the strength in my weakness. And I will become the very best version of me ever.
To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16: 1-3
What about you? How do you feel about New Year’s resolutions? Did you make any? And if you did, how do you plan to accomplish them?
P.S. The planner I purchased is the Erin Condren LifePlanner. Using the link I provided in the left sidebar, you can visit her site, sign up, and save $10 on your first order!