Part 1 of Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick
As Christmas fast approaches and the New Year celebration nips closely at it’s heals- many Americans ponder their new year’s resolutions. I for one enjoy the ritual of sitting up after midnight on New Year’s Eve (technically New Year’s day I guess) penning my list of resolutions for the upcoming year. For me they are more like personal goals; and writing them is being “on purpose”.
I clearly remember my first New Year’s resolutions. It was in my “BC” days, back when I was 18, homeless and a dumb kid. Even then though, I had a sense of God in my life, and my list was more of a letter to Him. I remember only one thing on that list; it was to stop eating candy for the year. I persisted all the way to the next holiday season and boy was I proud! What an accomplishment, for me- a candy fiend, to go almost an entire year without eating candy!
For many, a New Year’s resolution is a well intended to-do list. Well intended individuals all over the world, thoughtfully pour their hearts out over their notepad and swear that “this is the year” to stop smoking, loose weight, get healthy, clean out the garage, start a garden, stop swearing or learn a new language. But for many, life gets in the way and all too quickly they get overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of everyday living and their list starts to collect dust and before they know it the list is under a pile of old magazines ready to be donated to Goodwill.
This year I’d like to offer a little help on getting you on the right track that will take you all the way into and through the end of 2015. How would it feel to be sitting under your Christmas tree next year looking back on the year, reflecting at all the accomplishments you resolved to achieve; checking off your list one by one, saying “yup, yup, yup”. What a sense of joy and thrill, to be truly thankful for a blessed year!
In this 3 part series I hope to do just that…to help set you up for a prosperous 2015.
I propose that the first of these three steps in accomplishing your goals this year is to watch your words. As you pen your list and think about what would truly make you happy this year, how will you talk to yourself? How will you talk about yourself to YOU, and to others? I want you to make a vow; take your index finger and tap your self on your chest and say, “I am infinite possibility. I am on purpose. My goals are coming true right now”.
The words you speak to yourself will either elevate you to the top of your Mt. Everest, or they will dig the grave in which you will burry your dreams in.
Start off by writing out daily affirmations and even go as far as putting them into your cell phone; to go off as daily and hourly reminders- on the hour, every hour. And when they do go off, don’t just glance at them in a rush, but read them aloud to yourself; and believe them to be true of you.
Here are a few to get your started. By all means come up with a few that make you choke up, smile or even want to give someone a high five!
I am not afraid, for the Lord is with me and goes before me.
I am blessed.
I am infinite possibility.
My body is a temple & I honor it with my thoughts & actions.
I am on purpose.
People are showing up everyday to support me.
I have the anointing of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit. He teaches me truth & empowers me to live a full life.
“I AM. The two most powerful words; for what you put after it shapes your reality”