As we wrap up the first month of 2015, we’re tying together our new year’s resolutions. So far, we’ve resolved to serve and to lead.
Let’s think back to the beginning of 2015: our goals and resolutions fresh with the hope that a new year brings. As the days and months go by, the objectives we so eagerly pursued when we embarked on our journey slowly fall by the wayside. Quiet times are curtailed by busy mornings, our once-lengthy reading list is shortened and our exercise plan has come to a screeching halt. It’s not that we don’t want to keep our resolutions, it’s just that other things get in the way! You’d think, one year or another, we’d learn how to declutter our lives to make space for our well-intentioned endeavors. But alas, here we are again, wondering where in the world our discipline went and what our goals were in the first place!
But wait - we’re not out of chances, and the road to fulfilling our goals has not reached a deadend! The start of the school year is here, and that means there’s a new opportunity to strengthen our resolve and forge ahead on a path of new plans and purposes. Here are three ways you and your family can make - and stick to - your new (school) year’s resolutions:
Write it down!
Create an outline of what, when, why and how of your resolution. You need to what know your goal is, when you want to accomplish it, why it’s important to you and how you’re going to get it done in order for the resolution to carry weight in your life.
2) Schedule it!
Block out specific time in your schedule each week to work towards accomplishing that goal. Whether it’s 20 minutes of reading, a 3-mile run or a monthly blog post, make checkpoints for yourself to ensure you’re on the right track to achieving your objectives.
3) Invite others in!
Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.” The best way to enable success is to allow others to hold you accountable. Trusted friends, family and mentors can encourage you in your resolutions and compel you to keep going when the going gets tough. Make a list of people you want to join you on your journey this year.
This weekend, talk with your family about this year’s resolutions and how you plan to stick to them. We’re excited to see the new growth the Kanakuk experiences this school year!