I've never been a New Years resolution kind of gal, but the past few years, I've tried to make a few. I was gonna lose weight, read my bible more, and yada-yada-yada.
Making resolutions really ends up being a depressing concept, because it makes us realize how undisciplined, how undetermined, and, lets be honest, how lazy we really are.... now that's a confidence booster....
I have come to realize that there is very little we can do on our own. Obviously, everything should be done through prayer and God's strength, but then, even on a smaller level, its nearly impossible to accomplish a goal without the help of loved ones. We need that boost that comes from camaraderie. We need encouragement, but we also need someone by our side joining in on our endeavors.
Figuring out a system is the best way to accomplish a goal. Whether we want to read more classic novels, learn to change the oil in a car, or lose 50 pounds, we will never get there without a plan in place.
For me personally, I think Facebook is a great tool. I have recently created a group that is for the purpose of keeping myself and my friends accountable for our diet and exercise. It takes consistency, but I do find it helpful.
I also find competition helpful. If someone is working harder than me at the same task I'm working on, I don't like it. I want to beat them. I'm sure this is a flaw on my part, but it can be a helpful motivator in some cases.
I also just need to know that someone is on board with me. If my husband, in-laws, and friends are all eating 12 pieces of cheesecake, then I will too. BUT if a friend says, "You know what? We should split one piece of cheesecake", I'll follow suit!
All of these ramblings have a point ;)
Find what works for you. Figure out a system. Know your weaknesses and avoid things that will hinder you. Know that I support you in your goals and you are welcome to comment here for encouragement.
We can achieve more than we realize.
In the next day or so, I will be posting my resolutions. And I hope with all of my heart that next year, I won't be writing another post about how I didn't keep any of my resolutions.