Recently, I blogged about the differences between NY’s Resolutions, goal-setting, vision-statements and prayers. I mean, let’s face it, they are all pretty similar. Well, maybe the “prayer” thing is in a league of its own. But here’s my point…
I think if we are honest with ourselves, whatever we call them, and at the end of the day, or better might be, at the end of the year, the __________ (you call it what you want) we make can cause us to feel defeated before we even begin. I made similar “resolutions” last year, set nearly identical “goals” the year before, and even wrote vision-statements before that, and I can’t even remember how far they made it. Now, as I am focusing on “prayers,” I have made a discovery: It’s not about what “word” I assign to it, rather, it’s about a decision to choose, one day at a time.
Most of us, don’t regularly make choices on things that will happen months or even weeks in the future. But we do make choices each and every day that not only impact the outcome of that day but impact the choices we make (and have the opportunity to make later in the year. I may decide to eat 6 small meals per day with the perfect balance of macros,but on day three of following that plan, the stomach bug hits my family and the thought of 1 meal, let alone 6, makes me want to yuk! Or, I may set a goal of getting up at 5:00 am 365 days this years and on day 102, I forget to charge my iphone which results in my alarm not sounding bc my battery died in the night, and now I’ve failed. It shouldn’t work this way.
This realization helped me see the problem with the way I approached previous years. I was looking ahead and committing to a new choice for the entire year without any margin for error. My check-in-the-box and all-or-nothing personality can be quite crippling sometimes. I probably made it a few weeks or even months, but ultimately slipped up or forgot the list and one by one each of my resolutions fell apart and I felt like a failure.
So what can I do to make 2017 different? Instead of putting my focus on resolutions, goals, visions or prayers in order to achieve my plans, I’m going to focus on starting each day intentionally by making the decision to choose. It’s a day-to-day decision to choose. Choose to look at your life, each day, through the lens of God’s will. See what you have to work with that day and go from there.
So, for today, January 24, 2017, as it relates to my “goals” for this year, I choose to focus on today. Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, so today, if you take that first step, you’ll be one step closer to your destination.
Scripture: “The steps of a man are established by the LORD and He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23