New Year, New You — how to beat the new year’s cliche

Happy 2017!!

I know I’m a few days late in wishing you that, but let’s  be honest, January 1st is not a *magic* day just because the date rolls over when the clock strikes midnight.

No, friends, I believe that every day of our lives is a new opportunity to set goals and cross things off of our lists. Every day offers us the chance to better ourselves and invest in the people and the things that we love.

My family actually rang in the New Year on a beach resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and my brother and sister-in-law hit the gym bright and early on January 1st. Two days later, my mom asked if they had been back to the gym at all, and they sheepishly said they had not…and we joked that maybe next year would be the year.

Now, I hope you don’t actually have this mentality of waiting a whole year to “try again” on your resolutions, but if you do, don’t just take my advice, but listen to this adorable little girl instead.


So let’s talk about the New You!

Assuming you’re like every other red-blooded person out there, I’m sure you at least *thought* about what your goals are for this new year.

Maybe you’ve resolved to lose weight/exercise more/eat healthier.

Maybe you want to pick up a new hobby.

Maybe you hope to quit your job and start your own business.

Maybe you strive to make better financial decisions.

Maybe you dream of traveling the world.

Maybe it’s any number of self-improvement goals.

 

Whatever your dream is, do you have a recipe for success? Or are you just jumping on the New Year’s Resolution’s Bandwagon and hoping you don’t fall off?

If you’re leaning towards the latter, have no fear! I know that I’m no life-coach expert, but I want to help you set clear goals that will help you in all areas of life and not just the goals you set on the first of the year.

So let’s get started!!

Figure out what you actually want. 

I know, I know. You want to [fill in the blank]. But is that really all you want? Let me explain.

One of my top resolutions this year is to change my last name 😉 And, along with that, I feel very strongly about developing healthier habits that will not only make me look better in a wedding dress, *but* habits that will also carry over into our married and family life.

But, for now, let’s just boil that down to wanting to eat healthy and exercise regularly. 

could just resolve to go to the gym five days a week and cut carbs and sugar out of my diet, OR I could realize that this resolution is more about developing better self-discipline than just losing weight for my wedding.

You see, every resolution actually can be boiled down to a character trait that we want and/or need to work on.

If you want to do a better job of handling your money, strive to be a good steward in all areas of your life. If you want to change your career path, spend time with God strengthening your faith as well as working on your people skills. Grow in patience and love and contentment and obedience in the small things.

Because, no matter how badly we want something tangible, it cannot reasonably be accomplished without a true change of heart.

 

So what next?

Get organized.

*TIMEOUT: check out these awesome **FREE** printables to help you stay organized with your goals!*

Okay, back on track now 🙂

You can have the grandest plans in the world, but if you don’t have a plan for your plans, you won’t accomplish half of what you dreamed you would.

One of the best ways to get organized for achieving goals is to write it down. You know this, I’m sure, but write out your goal and tape it up somewhere you’ll be forced to see it every single day. Set it as the background picture on your phone if you need to, just make sure you don’t lose sight of your dream.

The latest fad for putting  your goal where you can see it is called vision boarding, and while I haven’t tried it yet, Pinterest swears by it.

Furthermore, dream big and then break it down. Long term goals are awesome, but how are you going to reach that goal? It’s all a matter of getting the little things to add up, and this template (taken from Personal Success Today) is a great tool for re-evaluating (or creating!) your game plan.

 


 

Make time.

And I don’t just mean what you think I mean.

Yes, you obviously need to make time for your goals if you’re going to be successful–carving out time to go to the gym, setting aside an afternoon to meal prep, meeting with a mentor or financial advisor, doing your research, etc.

But you will not–I repeat, will not–be successful in your endeavors if you’re not making time for God first and foremost.

Proverbs 19:21 reminds us that “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”  

photo courtesy of Taylor Schulz Photography

Friends, I promise that you do not want to be successful outside of God’s will–not to mention, it is all intertwined anyway.

The closer you grow to God, the more you become like Him. The more you become like Him, the more Spirit-filled you are. The more Spirit-filled you are, The more you’ll reflect the fruits of the Spirit (which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control, gentleness, and faithfulness). The more you reflect the fruits of the Spirit, the more those traits will flow out into the rest of your life. And the more those things flood your life, the more successful you will be.

Now, I have to make sure you’re not misunderstanding me: This is not an advertisement for the Prosperity Gospel.

Just because we draw near to God *does not* guarantee our success. But the more Christlike we become, the more we see His characteristics in our own lives, and this changes who we are, what we do, and how we react to situations around us.

               

We become new–and this is where the “New Year, New Me” truly comes in. Because,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” –2 Corinthians 5:17

Let that be our prayer in 2017: that we may draw continually closer to God and become continually more Christlike so that His love and character flows in and through us. 

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P.S. I would *love* to hear your New Year’s resolutions and how you plan to execute them! Scroll down to the comment section and let me hear ’em! 🙂

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