Making your Hopes and Goals “Sticky”

Setting Goals and Seeing Results

It is mid-February, and therefore you may think it is a bit late to be talking about New Year’s resolutions and goals, right? According to all the research out there, 40% – 45% of all American adults make at least one resolution every year. The biggest resolutions are around losing weight, exercising, or stopping some bad habit, like smoking.

But here is why this post may be so timely – 75% of people keep their resolution past the first  2 weeks. But after 1 month, it drops to 64%. After 6 months, it drops to 46%. So that means that if 100 people read this blog, chances are that 36 of you have already given up on one or more of your resolutions. Maybe 6:30am is too early to read your Bible, or maybe bacon is waaaaaay to good to stop eating, or maybe you are just tired, hungry, and need some comfort.

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However, don’t let that get you down. Change is hard, but you still have the rest of the year to get back into in, and just because you broke it doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed. There is a way to make your goals “sticky,” i.e., “rememberable,” achievable and reachable. People who make specific, measurable goals are 10 times more likely to achieve those goals than those who don’t. This may just mean your goals need to be written down or talked over with a friend or spouse. Maybe they are completely unattainable, or  maybe they just need a tune up. Read this blog post, take a look at your goals, and see if they can’t be picked back up and put back on your “To Do” list.

As an encouragement to you (and me), I will be going through all 10 of my New Year’s Resolutions on this blog. I hope it blesses, encourages and pushes you and me toward keeping most (if not all) of our resolutions this year!

Goal #1 for 2012

# 1. Know God more and more every day by dwelling on the Gospel of Jesus, living in such a way as to know the love of God more deeply.

Do this by:

 – Dwelling on the Gospel in the Bible.

– Approaching God in prayer, not as a “have to” but as a “get to.”

 – Delve into community through Homegroup, which incidentally is  going through a Galatians study that dwells on the Gospel.

I want to talk about Jesus more. I want to become that guy who is always bringing the conversation back to Christ, back to the Gospel, back to the Scriptures. You know that guy, right? I want to talk about Jesus because I am excited about what He is doing in, through and around me.

There are a few things I get excited about – God and His grace, Jesus, the Gospel, the Soccer World Cup, really funny TV shows (Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development . . . don’t get me started), buying a new house (closing soon!), and achieving personal goals. If I like a TV show and think you should watch it, you will know it. I’m not subtle about it. You know why? Because I like it and enjoy it, and I want you to enjoy it, too. That’s how I want to talk to people about Jesus and the Gospel. I want it to come from a place of sheer enjoyment and joy, because it truly is the greatest message ever heard – You and I cannot approach God because our sin is in the way, but God made a way by sending his Son Jesus to live a perfect life, taking my sin upon Himself, dying to kill the power of sin and death, rising from the dead to show that He is victorious over sin and death, and then ascending to the right hand of God to rule and reign. We are saved by grace through faith, and that faith is not of ourselves; it is a gift of God, so that no one may boast. This means that I don’t have to do a bunch of good works to please God if Jesus has saved me – He is already pleased because of what Christ has done on the Cross. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I am already accepted, and therefore do not have to “earn” my salvation through works. What great news!

So 9 more to go. Stay tuned for goals on health to maintain and improve, habits to lose, books to read, and plans to make.

Have a great Monday!

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