Do Resolutions Work?
But, even with all of that reflecting, we're kidding ourselves if we think we will really lose those last 10 pounds or walk five miles each and every day. I mean, kudos to those who actually achieve those goals, but it's not realistic for most of us. In fact, less than 8% of us are successful.
So, what's a better plan?
How Can I Talk With God?
Making It A Habit
- Find a time during the day that works for you to have uninterrupted time with God. Maybe first thing in the morning or last thing at night when the kids are in bed. Or during your lunch break at work.
- Set a reminder on your phone so you don't forget!
- Pair it with another daily activity, such as walking the dog or cleaning the kitchen after supper. It's OK to multitask as long as the other activity is one of those mindless ones so you can really concentrate on your conversation with God.
- Give yourself a reward for each day that you pray. No, I don't mean an ice cream cone or new clothes. Something simple like putting a star on your calendar. My electronic calendar actually has a feature that let's you reward yourself in that way - it's a good visual reminder of your progress.
- Don't give up when you miss a day. You probably will because of a squished schedule or just forgetting. It's not the end of the world. Just jump back on that horse and keep on riding!
You Can Do This!
"Improvements are only temporary until they become part of who you are.
-The goal is not to read a book, the goal is to become a reader.
-The goal is not to run a marathon, the goal is to become a runner.
-The goal is not to learn an instrument, the goal is to become a musician.
This year, focus on the identity you want to build." James Clear