New Year’s resolutions anyone?

Leadership-management studies show that many people resolve to reach personal and business goals in the new year, but few do so in a formal or in an effectively accountable way.  Some thoughts… Do you reflect upon your goals from the previous year in order to celebrate success and determine the reasons for success or failure of prior year’s goals?  If not, you should.  Learn from both your successes and failures.  Do you write down your goals for the coming year and place them in a readily viewed location, like next to your calendar or the coffee machine?  Writing down goals and publicly announcing them will greatly increase your odds for success.  Make goals that align with your overall, primary life principles, and only make goals that you have personal control over.  (Pray about the rest!).   For example, if your goal is to lose weight, concentrate less on the numbers announced by the weight scales and more on calories and types of foods eaten and hours spent in excercise.  A coaching client of mine lost 40 pounds (from a beginning weight of over 220 lbs.) over a period of 4 months recently by enlisting his wife’s support and companionship in positive and permanent lifestyle changes.  If writing an online blog (or book) is your goal, you can control the number number of blogs (pages) written daily, but not the number of pages viewed (or purchased).  If increasing your circle of friends is a goal, you can control the number of contacts made, but not the number of returned calls or invitations.   Analyze your progress periodically and make adjustments to your actions as necessary.  An accountability partner can be a great motivator, but your own persistence is the key to success.  Nothing is more important than persistence.  Run the race and don’t quit, as the Apostle Paul said, speaking primarily of spiritual goals, but the principle is the same.  Persist in doing what is right, be self disciplined and you will have your reward.  (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).   If increased physical fitness is a goal, consider the built in motivators of socialization while exercising.  My wife gets up at 5 am to work out with friends (Jazzercise) before work, while I play tennis (doubles) as the sun rises.  Neither of us would get up so early just to run on a boring treadmill.  The world does not belong to those who simply dream, but to those who both dream and do.  Best wishes for fulfilling your dreams and your potential in 2019!  “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”  (Galatians 6:9)

2 thoughts on “New Year’s resolutions anyone?

  1. I am going to work harder at memorizing key passages so I can turn to them when I can’t immediately turn to the Bible.


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