The start of a new year brings hope. Symbolically, there is a cleaning of the slate, a chance to start over again. That is why so many people make new year’s resolutions. There is an almost universal optimism that only happens at the beginning of each year. So … that being said, how are you doing with your new year’s resolution?

Unfortunately, a lot of you just cringed when you read that last question. Studies show that 43% of us have already quit on our new year’s resolutions and by the end of the month that number will have risen to a whopping 66%. The majority of us don’t even make it to the end of January.

How can it be that the hope, energy and excitement that we each felt just 3 weeks ago has been quenched and so many of us have completely abandoned our vision for improvement? I think that the answer is surprisingly simple. When we write our goals or resolutions, we fail to factor in the problems. I think that we are so inspired by hope that we envision a false reality where everything will go perfectly and there will be no setbacks or discouragement whatsoever. But that just isn’t reality. When we face our first problem we get discouraged. That discouragement grows until we unconsciously decide that it’s too hard and we eventually scrap the idea completely.

I have been thinking about this a lot recently. My catch-word for the above described condition is “derailment.” Sometimes (OK, more often than I care to admit) I let circumstances derail me from my mission, goal or even emotional state. I can be charging straight ahead and making great progress, but then something happens that catches me off-guard and I get completely set back. I have acknowledged this for a while, but recently I have decided that this needs to be addressed and conquered. For that reason, I have chosen my word for 2018 to be:


Not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to deal with difficulty, danger or disappointment. But, sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world. So, instead of bemoaning that fact, we need to acknowledge it and deal with it head on. Problems are going to happen. 2018 isn’t going to be a perfect year. There will be relational issues, work tensions, bills to pay and health problems to contend with. The question isn’t if they will happen but how we will react when they happen. Let's commit to be undaunted and not let these things derail us from our true purpose in life. Click To Tweet

What is your new year’s resolution? Please let me know in the comments below so we can encourage each other!

  • Years ago I made a New Year’s Resolution that I have never failed to fulfill, and that was to never make another New year’s resolution. I feel when most people make them they are to grand, to lofty and just too unreachable. To truly make a change it’s just like a baby learning to walk, small steps, reasonable goals, things you can do that will give you encouragement to take the next step on your journey. Most importantly include God in your change, ask him to help and guide you and also include you family and friends, their encouragement can give you the boost you need when you’re at your lowest and feel you can’t go on. 26 years ago I quit smoking, I had tried many times and failed but this time was different. First I started thinking like a non-smoker, next I set my reasons to quit; first for my Lord and savior, next was for myself, then for my wife and lastly for my cat, I mean he’s family too, right! I also found a scripture reading to help me when I didn’t think I could make it and that was 1 Corinthians 10:13, this was my go to verse when temptation started to overwhelm me. I did it and so can you!!! God bless.

    1. You said that better than I could have! I agree with all that you said; true change involves small intentional decisions every single day. Thanks for that encouragement!

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