Today’s edition is from my good friend, Justyn at Creative Christian Mama. I specially requested this one!
Last year, I shared about how my hubby and I don’t really do the traditional New Year’s resolutions. We do something we call a “New Year’s Re-evaluation.” Rather than making an emotional, spur-of-the-moment decision, we take some time to reflect on the last year and look forward to the year ahead. You can read more about how we do our New Year’s Re-evaluation, here.
Our re-evaluation method has fixed the problem that we (along with pretty much everybody else!) had of making resolutions that didn’t work for us. We have become more thoughtful and intentional about changes we want to make. We have learned to really plan for the upcoming year in a way that works for us. However, I’ve noticed another problem from the whole “resolution” scene that is also part of our “re-evaluation” method. Although we now plan beautifully and make thoughtful changes, it doesn’t always work as well as we hope. That’s because, like with all resolutions, we may plan, but we forget to prepare.
All the good intentions in the world don’t amount to much if we don’t plan and then prepare to follow through. When we decide what we want to do and how we want to do it, that’s great! When we leave all the preparations until January 1st, the day we want to actually start our new habits, we usually fail. This year, instead of making a rash decision and then scrambling to try to make it happen when the New Year hits, what about getting ready now?
If you want to change how you’re eating, make meal plans and shopping lists, then be sure to do the shopping late in December. If you want to get more exercise, buy the equipment/gym membership and schedule the workouts with a friend. Whatever changes you want to make, give yourself a real chance at succeeding by making January 1st as easy as you possibly can!
Blessings to you in 2014!
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