We’re one full month into the year 2015 and by now many of us are feeling a twinge of regret when it comes to our New Year’s resolutions. You know…those lofty goals of extreme self-improvement that are set at the stroke of midnight without an actual plan for how to carry them out. I’ve made them and I’m sure many of you have too.
But, before you start beating yourself up and feeling like you’ve failed, let’s take a look at a different approach to making life changes. Why wait until December 31st every year when you can make a difference each and every day? I like to think of these as All Year’s Resolutions because God’s mercy is new every morning – so every day is a chance to begin again. All it takes is making your next decision a good one to get you right back on track.
Whether it was a promise to exercise more, eat better, put an end to a bad habit (or pick up a good one like keeping a journal), the keys to success are much the same: goals should be made in Faith and follow my F.A.I.T.H. acronym: Faith-Filled and Specific; Accountable; Inspiring; Time-Based and Measurable; and Healthy.
When setting your all year’s resolutions, ask yourself these questions:
For example, if you resolved to eat better but didn’t trade in your supersized fast food burger meals for smaller portions of more nutritious foods, you wouldn’t be surprised if you felt like you were facing an uphill battle, right?
Now let’s apply the FAITH theory to that resolution:
- Make sure your goals are Faith-Filled. This means you believe in faith that your hard work will get you to your goal. Be specific in your goal setting. Specifics give you the daily requirement necessary to reach your goal. For example: create a plan to prepare more food at home, weigh and measure portions, and choose God-made foods over processed ones.
- Find an accountability partner and pick a day each week to meet and take measurements, weigh in and discuss your strategy for the week ahead. Accountability partners keep you focused and on track.
- Create an Inspiration Board. Inspiration can motivate you through the roughest times. Ideas include: your favorite images, quotes and even your health report. Reducing blood pressure and cholesterol are great goals. Make sure to include your all-time favorite photo of yourself too!
- Breaking down your goal into daily, weekly, monthly and longer-term time periods will help to track your progress and keep your plan Time-Based and Measurable.
- Your goal should inspire you and be healthy. No skipping meals, excessive exercise, or negative self-talk.
Making any change isn’t easy, and no matter what your resolution, it’s important to keep in mind that experiencing setbacks is all part of the process.
Goal setting in faith means we really on God’s power and not our own. We get back on track faster and become much more forgiving of ourselves.
We know in faith that if we do our part God will do His. Remember Faith means we believe without seeing. Believe it all the way to the finish line!
Will you try making All Year’s Resolutions and use my F.A.I.T.H. acronym when goal-setting?
I’d love to hear your stories and comments.
Get Healthy, Happy, & Fit God’s Way,