This year is about to end, and the new year will begin. If you have to leave things, people, and situations, too, God will take care of you! Exodus 33:1 says, “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’” What will you do?
First, evaluate what is helping and what is hurting you. If something is not helping you to grow, it might be time to go. Tom Stoppard wrote, “Every exit is an entrance somewhere else.” I’m not saying everything has to be positive, but you have a feeling when something (or someone) is stunting your growth! It might get worse before it gets better, but you will eventually appreciate the change.
Establishing new practices and procedures is the key to sustained change. Resolutions typically last for only two-three months. Justin Holcomb noted, “According to research, 80 percent of those who make resolutions on January 1 have given up by Valentine’s Day.” Therefore, we must establish new routines and ways of doing things. For example, I need to make sure that everything is ready before I go to bed if I plan to exercise each morning.
This brings up the third thing to consider in 2014: We need to stop fooling ourselves! I need to create a workout schedule that I can accomplish because every morning is unrealistic. Have you set some goals for next year? If our goals are unsustainable, they will be difficult to achieve! Let’s end this year on a positive note and begin the next year with more promise. What are three things that you will consider in 2014? Please comment.