Hey friends, its Hunter again! So it’s the third week of a new year and if you are anything like me, you have already ruined your New Year’s Resolution. Great intentions, hard work, and a strong start, yet here we are.
BUT don’t beat yourself up about it! If you haven’t heard this from anybody else, let me tell you: it is okay. For some odd reason we set extremely my high bars for ourselves to measure up to, setting ourselves up to fail. Let’s take a quick look at some simple changes we can make to revitalize our resolutions and take full advantage of this new year.
4 Ways to Revamp Your New Years Resolutions
1. Forgive Yourself
Before we can move forward in this journey to maximizing 2014, we have quit beating ourselves up and realize that each day we have an opportunity to start new. So many times I get so frustrated with my failure that I am unable to make any progress. One day, week, or month of missing the mark is not going to be detrimental. Get up, dust yourself off, and move forward.
2. Look Back
If we want to make changes we have to look back and see what caused us to fall short in the first place. Be real with yourself. Sometimes the toughest thing we face is vulnerability with ourselves. At some point within your last few weeks of attempting to make this change in your life, something went wrong: the vision was lost, your desire for change dwindled, or maybe you just got lazy or busy. Find out what caused you to stumble and address that specific aspect of your life.
3. Think Small
The thought of maintaining major changes to my life stresses me out to the max which normally results in returning to the comfort of what I was attempting to change in the first place. Change will come when we focus our view/goal and look at the small practical adjustments that can be made to get us back on track. For example: if you are trying to live a more active lifestyle, instead of trying to go to the gym 5 days a week maybe you limit the number of hours you spend online each day. This may seem like a minuscule change, but little steps add up and next thing you know your yearning for an active lifestyle has increased tremendously.
It’s one thing to think of a great idea to make a change in your life, but it takes putting your thoughts into action to actually make the change. Great intentions only get us so far; actually they don’t get us far at all. In order for your resolutions to become real in your life, you must act on them. Be intentional about living out the change. Take small steps daily to improve whatever it is you are aiming to change, and soon enough they will be coming naturally!
(This is my personal motivation to live 2014 to the fullest)
Each day we have the opportunity to improve our lives. Wake up every morning and take hold of the opportunities in front of you. If you have fallen short so far this year, start new today! When you fall again in the future, remember that there are new mercies from the Lord to be found each morning! Here’s to a fresh start and an incredible 2014!
Hunter (Huge fan of 2014; recipient of new mercies; and a believer in second, third, and 500th chances)