Why I Don’t Do Resolutions


Here is why I’m not making New Year’s Resolutions:

Every year we start off thinking January gives us a clean slate for a new beginning. So we consider all the things we’ve wanted to do, or be, and we make a list.

This year I will finally lose weight!

This is the year I will make a million!

This year will be different, we tell ourselves. But is it? Really?

This week might be different because we are thinking differently. But how long does that last? Are we really making changes?

A few years ago I stopped making resolutions. Especially that one about losing weight. Because of some health challenges, I can do all the things you’re supposed to do to lose weight, but the weight won’t budge. So I spend most of the year depressed and disappointed in myself because I can’t reach that goal.

In years past I’ve revised that “number on the scale” goal to a goal with results I could achieve. For example, instead of saying, “I will lose 20 pounds this year” I set goals like; I will exercise 5 times a week. That is something I can measure and achieve, unlike a number on the scale. I think that is a better goal, but because I have a personality type that feels like a failure if I don’t do it all perfectly, even this kind of goal derails me sometimes.

So this year I am not making New Year’s Resolutions. That is not to say that I haven’t thought about how I’d like my 2016 to look. It’s just that I always put so much pressure on myself which causes me to be overwhelmed, which makes me feel like a failure, which starts a downward spiral that I am tired of living.

This year instead of resolutions, I am setting four intentions that will guide all of my decisions.

*I intend to make taking care of myself a priority
*I intend to be there for my family and make a nice home and good memories for them (and me)
*I intend to love well, live Jesus, and believe God can do big things
*I intend to write to inspire

These four intentions will set the course for my day and each week without making me overwhelmed because it isn’t too much to handle. They will also help me weed out the things I shouldn’t do and help me do the things I want to do. Every decision I make and everything I do will support these intentions for my life.

I believe that this strategy will help make the coming year a breakthrough year for me!

How about you? Please share in the comments below what you intend your 2016 to look like…then we can inspire each other!

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