There are 31 days left in this year.
Forget about how many days until Christmas for a minute and focus on what happens AFTER Christmas is over, as time marches forward and a new year looms on the horizon.
Do you remember your New Year resolutions made 334 days ago? your plans to make 2013 the best year ever? the goal to live healthy (physically, mentally, relationally, spiritually)? the promises made to save money, end clutter, be better, change habits, improve?
Did you keep them?
Or did you fall back into your old pattern, finding it easier, more comfortable, better suited for non-change?
I’ll admit – I made resolutions. Be it resolved….
Did I keep them? Not all and not to the degree that I’d hoped, but I did hang on and hang in there and eventually, on some things, could say, “I’m resolved.”
Change is hard. I’m inflexible. This old dog hates new tricks.
But, come January 1, 2014, I’ll once again have my Be It Resolved list, and on it will be highlighted “continue with X, Y and Z.”
You see, X, Y and Z are the changes I’ve made. It took me this long to get this far and be it resolved that each day I’ll move forward, embracing the changes and making more as I go.
Change is a process that’s more involved and difficult than simply changing the calendar or flipping the page to a new year.
As you look beyond Christmas and consider the new year, think big then think small.
Be it resolved that I will…. That’s thinking big. Now, think small…tiny baby steps lead you day by day by day closer to your big goal.
If you think big then start small, by this time next year you will be 334 days into making your resolution a reality.
Hey, so what if some days you find yourself taking two steps forward and three steps back?
Think a bit smaller:
- downsize your steps temporarily
- change your pace
- pause where you are and wait a few days
- consider your progress
- adjust your direction
- envision the next step
- find joy in the journey
Keep your eye on the goal and face forward.
Forward is where life happens and it’s where life awaits you. Yesterday is past. You live in the present. Face forward and lean into the future. That’s where your goal will be realized.
Be it resolved that in 2014 I will….
Whatever came to mind as you read that…go for it! And, know that I’m your biggest cheerleader!