Happy New Year!
Resolutions/goals/plans/to-do-lists.The new year is synonymous of these.
To begin with, what are resolutions and how objective are they?…Well,the reason for this write-up today is to delve deeper into this ‘Monster Resolution’ for lack of a better word.
According to Collins Pocket English Dictionary, a resolution is deciding with an effort of will to do something. This therefore makes one resolute.
Resolutions, goals or plans are not bad at all,please don’t get me wrong.They can either make or break people. So many have been devastated as a result of failing to achieve more than half the goals they set. It takes a miracle to revive their spirits…Statistics show that atleast 88 percent of the population fail to fulfill their resolutions by the end of the year.
I read an interesting article in one of the local newspapers that stated that when men engage in goal-setting,22 percent achieve their goals and on the other hand,10 percent of women who make their goals public and get support from friends achieved them.
What about the corporate world?… They have both long and short-term goals,whereby the latter are made at the beginning of every financial year,such that members of staff and shareholders gear their energy towards a specific direction which is pretty good!
How objective and achievable are resolutions or goals for the year?
It depends on how you set them.They can only be achievable when they meet the objectivity criteria…They should be SMART:
- Specific; which area are you specifically targeting and why?..for example, by Dec 1st lose 20kg in order to fit into that wedding dress or suit.
- Measurable; Have an indicator that will mark your progress. For example weigh yourself at the end of every week.
- Achievable; Can the goal set be reached?…A could also stand for Assignable;can someone else help in achieving the goal? or is it Agreed upon for example by your stake-holders?
- Realistic; Given the available resources how much can be done?
- Time-bound; Your resolutions should be having a time-frame and that way,you won’t be using a hammer to hit a mosquito.
Chris Hart,a psychologist stated,
“Only set goals totally within your control-practical,realistic and positive“
I always loved writing and still do,since I graduated from high school.I would set it as a goal year in and out until I finally began blogging last year.My resolution years back was fulfilled late last year and this took God first,will and effort put together, encouragement from my mentors and my very close friend to get me started.
Frank Ra,an Italian author says,
“Peer support makes a difference in success rate with new years’ resolutions”
I totally agree with him coz it did work for me.It does not hurt to have an accountability partner not just in light of goal-setting but in every area where you feel the need of having one.Proverbs 15:22 backs this up, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed”
With all the above in place,there is a very vital part that should not miss out…Let Jesus be the Centre of all your planning.Ask Him to direct you and allow His sovereign will to take its course as written in Proverbs 16:9 that reads, “In his heart a man plans his course,but the Lord determines his steps”
Still on the Bible,we are encouraged to make SMART goals/resolutions.Let’s look at a few:
- Proverbs 6:6-11 talks about the ant which does not have any ruler or chief but prepares her bread in summer and gathers food in harvest(Smart…right?)
- Proverbs 21:5 states that the plans of the diligent lead to profit.
- Luke 14:28 states that before one builds a tower or even gets into building, one needs to sit down and count the cost… Otherwise the project is likely to stall. (paraphrased)
The Bible creates a balanced tension between never setting any goals or resolutions and setting them without God in thought.
In conclusion,the book of James 4:13-15 reads, ‘Now listen you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city,spend a year there, carry on business and make money” Why,you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life?You are a must that appears a little while and then vanishes. Instead,you ought to say “If it is the Lords’ will,we will live and do this or that”
What is/are your resolutions this year? Have you written them down somewhere and is God a part?…The ball is in your court.
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