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The Resolutions of Failure

Date Posted - 7th Feb 2017 |  Category - Uncategorized

Guy Sutula

If you’re the average American, on January 1st you made New Year’s Resolutions. Most of us—21.4%—resolved to lose weight/eat healthier, while 12.3% committed to making life changes towards self-improvement; building relationships was number six with 6.2% resolving to improve them.
By this time in February, however, those hitching the changes they desire to make—a.k.a., New Years’ resolutions—to January 1st, begin to find themselves struggling with the perseverance necessary to keep them.
By the second week of February, 80% of those resolving to lose weight/eat healthier will have stopped using their gym memberships and retired their diet books to shelves to collect dust. Frustratingly for those making them, only about 10% of New Year’s resolutions ever survive the year.
There are many reasons our resolutions don’t survive. Being weak-willed and lazy accounts for some of it, but more honestly we set unrealistic goals, have unrealistic expectations, are not ready to change, and try to change too many things at one time, dividing our focus and diminishing our efforts.
Another reason we fail to affect change is because we do hitch our efforts to a specific day, a day which comes and goes every year, and which we know will come around again in twelve months, giving us another opportunity to try again. Instead, if something needs to change, change it when you know it (cf. Lk. 12:16-21)!
Suppose, however, there was one thing you could resolve to do right now that has the potential—it certainly has the power—to change everything about you that you want changed, and even some of those things which need to be changed, but which you refuse to acknowledge.
Even better, suppose it required no commitment of financial resources, took no time away from your family or friends, could be resolved at any time and in any place, and could be done sitting down in about 10-15 minutes a day.

Would you be interested?

It’s not a pill or an elixir; it’s not a secret formula or obscure discipline; and it’s certainly not an opening of our minds to some mysterious practice.
In the next post I will share with you exactly what that one thing is you can resolve to start doing today that has the potential to change everything about you and your life.

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