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  • Writer's pictureBob Brooks

Why New Year’s Resolutions Don't Always Work



It is that time of year when people make commitments to themselves of all types. Maybe it is to start working out at the gym. It could be to eat better and lose some weight. It could be to start consistently reading the Bible every day. It is the power of the New Year's resolution. Unfortunately, they don't always work out too well. 


"According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 46% of people who made New Year's resolutions were successful. That means over half of the people who set a goal for the new year will fail!" 


Here is the problem with New Year's resolutions. There is much more to it than speaking it into existence. It takes work and making a lot of changes in the way you go about life. 


I will give you a good example. I do things a little differently. I set goals both personally and professionally. Then, most importantly, I set a spiritual goal. My spiritual goal for 2024 and beyond is to focus on showing grace versus passing judgement. Grace has to be one of my favorite words. So, two days in, how am I doing? 


Well, let's just say I have a lot of work to do on my patience with other people before I can show grace! One would think my spiritual goal for the year was to be as impatient as possible. After things didn't go as I thought they should just yesterday and I climbed down off my pedestal of perfection, l had to laugh at myself. How is that whole grace thing going?   


Goals, resolutions, etc., are difficult to obtain at the end of the year with the same habits and beliefs that we start the January pursuit each year. For example, you can't show grace when you don't practice patience. That is an important habit. You can't show grace when you have a tendency to believe that people need to live up to a certain expectation that you set. I always think of a saying that I try to live by - unless you are perfect, show grace. 


To achieve goals or resolutions, there are a lot of areas that will need work in your life in order for you to be successful. Think of it this way – You can accomplish a lot of growth when it comes down to achieving one goal or resolution when considering how many limiting beliefs and habits need to be changed. These habits will benefit you in so many other areas beyond resolutions!     


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