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New Years Resolutions: Keeping Them Year-Round!

It’s interesting how fast time goes by, especially when you reflect on the past year. I enjoy seeing what I have accomplished and what memories I have made, but I also look forward to setting new goals for the year to come.

As 2012 approaches, what kind of goals will you set? Are they going to be regarding school, such as getting good grades? What about spending more time with your family? Do you want to go on a specific trip?

Or maybe you’ll make more spiritual goals, such as reading your Bible more.

When you make one set of goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year, it’s easy to keep track of those you kept or achieved, but you might be set up to fail. Who’s to say your goals are going to be the same in June as they are in January? Who’s to say your resolutions made in the heat of the moment in December are going to matter the following October?

Here’s my suggestion: Instead of making goals once a year, I’d like to encourage you to create new resolutions or goals regularly. You can even start fresh every day! If you need to remind yourself, you can set aside a list of goals and look at them frequently to help you stay focused. Check them weekly and see your progress. You can do it!!!

Tips on how to achieve your goals:

1. Make a to-do or “goal” list. This helps to narrow down what you really need to focus on and what is important to you

“Our only goal is to please God whether we live here or there.” -2 Corinthians 5:9

2. Stay positive! If you get behind or don’t do what you set out to do, keep a smile on your face and realize we are blessed with another chance! Being positive helps you to not burn yourself out or put too much pressure on yourself.

“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” -Galatians 6:9

3. Be disciplined. Realize that in order to achieve the goals you have set, it WILL take some sacrifice and some focus. Think of an athlete who prepares, mind and body, before a race. They need to stay fit, sleep right, eat right and train.

“Control yourselves and be careful! The devil your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat.” -1 Peter 5:8

4. Pray. Ask God for help. Most important, ask God for His help and for His strength. He will guide you and if your goals are in alignment with His will, it will come to pass.

“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”-Psalm 25:9

5. Make a vision board! Cut out some inspiring pictures of what you want to do, where you’d like to travel, some words that represent your goals and make a collage. It is so fun and a great way to remind yourself to stay focused. I have done this before with friends–it is fun to have a “vision board party.”  Then post your vision board on your wall or where you can see it!

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” -Proverbs 29:18

6. Ask a friend to help be your accountability partner when it comes to keeping your goals! A great friend will encourage you and help you in your weak areas as well as uplift you when you need a boost. A prayer partner is very helpful too!

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpen another.” -Proverbs 27:17

What are your goals and resolutions for the year PI girls?? What do you think will help you in your walk with God?

“God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure He will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.” -Phillipians 1:6


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Gods Little Ewe on January 4, 2012 at 17:25

    My goal is to pray for a stranger every day. I read an article about that. It encouraged me to take that up as my New Year’s Revolution. I normally don’t make any, because I know I won’t, but this one I think I can do. No wait, I know I can!

  2. Stephanie

    Posted by Stephanie on January 2, 2012 at 11:37

    My Goals/Resolutions: 1. Make God #1 in my life! 2. Get a job 3. Get good grades 4. Study for SAT’s 5. Save money for my trip to Europe 6. Always finish homework and assignments 7. Be more social & have fun! 🙂

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by luvJesusInHeavn on January 1, 2012 at 11:35

    My goals are physical, spiritual, and academic. I’m striving to get all As on my report cards, and so far, that’s gone pretty well! I’m going to work on my athletic-ness (^_~) and I’m going to strive to expand my faith too! Thank you very much for this article! Happy New Year! <3

    • Posted by Nicole on January 1, 2012 at 13:53

      I love those goals! And you’re welcome! I am praying you get it!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by PianoLuvr on December 31, 2011 at 19:20

    My resolutions are: Reach level 3 in piano, stop beating myself up whenever I don’t get perfect grades, and find and read a Bible.

    • Posted by Nicole on January 2, 2012 at 13:20

      Those are fantastic goals! I always wished I knew how to play the piano!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by StarsnRockets66 on December 31, 2011 at 17:15

    I feel like I make the same resolutions every year and just forget about them by February, but this year, I think it’s gonna be different! I want to be kinder to people (just because you can never be too kind), stop procrastinating, bring God into my life more, anad give more to others. Reading this article gives me hope that 2012 is going to be an AMAZING year!!

    • Posted by Nicole on January 1, 2012 at 13:48

      aww that makes me so happy, 2012 is going to be a great year for you!!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by MaryE.Matthews97 on December 31, 2011 at 14:28

    My goal is to catch up on school work and in the summer save money for my car, but i won’t get my car till 2013.

    • Posted by Nicole on January 1, 2012 at 13:48

      hat’s a great goal, and that will go by fast!

  7. love4494

    Posted by love4494 on December 31, 2011 at 11:18

    Write more!

  8. Paris

    Posted by Paris on December 31, 2011 at 10:56

    My goals are physical and spiritual.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ann Marie on December 30, 2011 at 13:31

    My goals and resolutions consist of athletic and spiritual goals. I love sports so I am going to practice so I can get on the High School teams next year. My spiritual goal is to find a Bible. All our book stores closed so it is impossible to find one.