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    10 Tips to Making Resolutions You Can Keep

    The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to reevaluate your life so far and determine how you can improve it. This is where resolutions come in. People make a list of things they intend to achieve in the new year, such as losing weight, getting better grades and being more organized.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to working at these resolutions, the results aren’t always so positive. And resolutions are usually broken and forgotten in January. But resolutions can be a great thing if you approach and implement them in a certain way! How can you ensure that you can keep yours?

    Before making your resolution, consider some important tips. I’ll use losing weight as an example, since that’s one of the most popular resolutions.

    • Be realistic! Don’t just list resolutions like they’re a wish list. Be realistic about what you can achieve.
    • Narrow it down. Don’t select lots of things. It would make more sense to pick one thing and focus on that. So determine what’s most important to you.
    • Be honest with yourself. Is it really something that you can achieve within the boundaries of your life, with your other commitments and in your current environment? In the case of losing weight, you can achieve it in any environment, but you need to schedule your day so you can fit it into your life.
    • Put a plan together. How are you going to achieve your resolution? Create a step-by-step plan that takes you from one stage to another in your resolution. So if you want to lose weight, decide how you’re going to change your diet and how you’re going to exercise, and then set small goals of weight loss that you can easily achieve.
    • Set yourself up with the tools that you need. For losing weight, set up a meal plan and put together an exercise regimen.
    • Make it fun. When it comes to losing weight, the idea of getting up to do sit-ups can be daunting, so consider joining a fun exercise, dance or martial arts class. This will take your mind off the losing weight part of the process!
    • Invite others to join your cause. Do you have a friend or family member who would be interested in sharing your resolution? Having someone else on the journey with you will be both encouraging and motivating.
    • Don’t set yourself up to fail. You should schedule a time frame in which you can accomplish your goal. Don’t push yourself into too small a period of time.
    • Better your life. If you begin to feel the benefits of your resolution, and it improves your life, then you will be encouraged to continue with it. Once you reach your weight goal, you no longer have to lose weight, but your diet plan and exercise regimen should remain a part of your life because it’s always good to be healthy and fit.
    • Glorify God in whatever you choose to do. It will strengthen your faith and your walk with Christ if you make Him a part of your resolution. So determine how your walk with Christ will be improved by your resolution. With regard to losing weight, remember 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and 1 Corinthians 10:31. Both tell us that our body is important, so it’s essential for us to take care of it.

    Ladies, making resolutions is more than a New Year’s fad. It’s an opportunity to start fresh and improve your life.

    What is your New Year’s resolution? Have you kept your past resolutions? Share your story. We love to hear from you!

    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    7 COMMENTS

    1. OOOHH This is so amazing! I have tried in the past to lose weight and read my Bible everyday. Most days the Bible worked……the weight change has never worked. 🙁 This will help immensely! Thank you!

      • Hi 🙂 Wanted to suggest something you could do for the weight change resolution. It’s a lot easier to say, “I’m going to run twice a week (changeable) and eat no more than 2000(1500?) calories a day.” than say “I’m going to lose 30 pounds this year.” Just wanted to suggest in case it might help ^_^ I found when I just say “I’m going to run everyday” I end up doing it, because it’s easier to achieve and see the achievement. You’re determining to stay on a course of action to achieve a goal, rather than determining to reach a goal.

      • I will pray that you continue your goal to lose weight. I know that if you are determined you will achieve your goal. I am an athlete and I thought I would give you some tips. Find an activity you enjoy and make friends, because workouts are more fun with friends to keep the mood happy and to motivate you. Also, when I am struggling during a race or workout I have mantra’s that go through my mind. Find some that help you and everything will be easier. Some of mine are:
        I can do all things through him who gives me strength.
        With God all things are possible.
        Bad days are required to make the good days even better.
        I hope what I have said will help you and good luck!

        • Also remember that your body is the temple of Christ. This will hopefully be motivating to you like it is to me. We would never go and destroy the church we go to, and our body is like that church/temple, so we need to take care of it. By losing weight, working to get stronger, or to just live a healthier lifestyle you are protecting the temple of Christ. Sorry if this is kind of confusing, but hopefully it helps.

    2. I decided this year not to do a resolution, exactly, but instead to focus on a word that I want to apply to my life. This year, the word is “intentional”, cause I find myself doing a lot fo things out of habit, or because it’s easier.
      I am going to try to journal about what affects it has on my life every so often, and if I read anything in the Bible that’s related or whatever, I’ll write that down, too.
      This is my first year doing this, but I think it’ll be cool to have a theme for the year. 🙂

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