Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Resolutions!

Yeah, it's that time of the year again,  where we make promises and commitments that we hardly follow through.

We were supposed to lose weight, be more organized, better Christians, or whatever our resolutions were for 2012, and yet many of us failed to follow through most of these.

It is easy to be cynical about New Year's resolutions, but I believe that going through this exercise of self-examination is useful, even if the end result isn't what we hoped for. This exercise can help us look inwardly and set goals that can hopefully help us grow.

One recommendation on how to follow through your resolutions is to let as many people as possible know about your resolutions. People can hold you accountable for what you commit to, and the embarrassment of possible public failure can be used for motivation.

And so, I decided to not only make 3 New Year's resolution, but to also share it with all of you.

Resolution #1: Achieve my ideal weight.

I have lost a lot of weight, more than 100 pounds actually. But I still haven't achieved my ideal weight, which is 220. Right now I weight around 250. The last 30 pounds can be the most stubborn, and the habits required to achieve this is nothing to scoff at. Those who have struggled with weight loss can tell you, this is no easy goal.

Resolution #2: Keep my room clean, year long.

Yes, this is an endless task, but it is time. I have struggled for long enough with this issue. I am able to keep my room clean for  a couple of weeks, and then, I conveniently "forget" about it. Not this year. At least that's my hope.

Resolution #3: Update my blog regularly, minimum of one post per week.

I always wanted to do this, and I'm even able to keep at it for a couple of months, but then I disappear for many months, and return as if nothing has happened. No "good to be back" or "sorry I've been gone for too long", just a simple "what's for dinner people?". Time to be responsible with this, even if it is a hobby.


There they are! I will also post an update of these resolutions at the end of each month. This will help me keep focused on my goals, instead of just forgetting about them in the frenetic dance of life.

As you can see, all of my goals are specific and the results are tangibly measured. I want to be more organized, but this goal is too broad, and so keeping my room is just one more step in being organized. I want to be more consistent, which again, would be a vague goal, but being consistent with my blog is more specific.

Most of us know that the more specific our goals, the more likely we are in following through them. Also, having something or someone that can keep you accountable is also helpful. And that's where I need you folks! Please keep me accountable!

Also, I would love to hear your New Year's resolution in the comment section below.

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4 comments:

  1. I shall check that you have kept up the third resolution by visiting here every now and then.

    It is good to have a Christian Blog. The world needs it. We never know who might visit us without leaving a comment and for them, this may be the first time they ever heard about Christ.

    God bless.

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    1. Hello Victor:

      Thanks for your comment and for keeping me accountable with my third commitment! Indeed, I believe God can use our blogs for His glory!

      Blessings to you in this new year.

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  2. Thank you for visiting me.

    Father Ignatius is a fictitious character from my first book "Visions". After publishing "Visions" in the US I wrote several short stories about Fr Ignatius which have been published in E Book Format. These books can be downloaded FREE from my website - link below:

    http://www.holyvisions.co.uk/visionsbookv4.htm

    "Visions" is available in apperback format and in Kindle format. Most of my other books are also available in Kindle format. You can learn more about all my books from the link above, or from my Blog.

    God bless you and thank you once again.

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    1. Thanks for your visit as well! I already downloaded God's Humble Servant and started reading it.

      I was very touched by many of the stories, and I felt God spoke to me through them.

      Thanks for sharing those stories with us. I shall check Visions soon.

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