Happy New Year! And along with a new year comes a new you…or does it? Does the clock striking midnight to ring in a new year wipe clean all of our bad habits, negative thoughts and mediocre ways? I’ve heard it said by Bishop T.D. Jakes that it is not the movement of the clock but the movement in our mind that produces newness.
On Dec. 31st, we make a ton of New Year’s resolutions like we’re going to lose 50 lbs, start drinking more water, get up at 5 am, read our bible, start journaling, stop cussing, start clipping coupons, quit eating out, earn more money, change jobs, start a business, go back to school, start a blog and get out of debt and we do pretty well for a while but right around February we give up on our resolutions. Why? Well, for one we get overly ambitious and try to change EVERYTHING negative about our selves at once and secondly, the first time we feel like the few pounds we’ve lost or the few days we woke up early hasn’t changed our lives dramatically…we quit! We live in a microwave society and expect to see results right away and the minute we don’t see them, we feel cheated.
Anything you want to change about yourself will take on a cumulative effect. Say your ONE goal this year is to lose weight. So to lose weight, you quit eating out and by not eating out you save money so you take that money and pay toward your debt. See where I’m going with this? One step in a positive direction leads to another. Everything in life is a process and process starts with change.
I encourage you to take a pen and a piece of paper and go to a room by yourself with no music, TV, or other distractions and write down your goals for 2018. Along with those goals be very specific on how you intend to accomplish them and give a date by when you want them accomplished. By putting your goals on paper and on purpose, you have already started the process of achieving them.
Change is simple but not easy. It has to first start in your mind and from there an outwardly change will appear. No one is going to change your life for you because no one else cares if you fail or succeed. Take responsibility for what you don’t like about your life, write everything down on paper and proceed to write down that ONE thing you can do today to start the process of change. Say you want to get out of debt but you also LOVE Starbucks. Buy yourself a thermal coffee cup and a bag of Starbucks coffee so you can brew a cup of coffee to take to work instead of shelling out $5 a day on a Trenta low-fat Caffe’ Macchiato with an extra shot of espresso. So let’s see, that’s $35/week which equals $1820/year! And that’s just from making one small change in your life. I promise you that once you start the process of change you will see other areas you can make changes and all of it started with you forgoing your $5 overpriced coffee.
Every decision, good or bad, has a snowball effect. Make good choices today that your future self will thank you for.
“Good habits are hard to form and easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form and hard to live with. Pay attention. Be aware . If we don’t consciously form good ones, we will unconsciously form bad ones.”
-Mark Matteson, Freedom from Fear
xoxo, Sherri aka