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Christian New Year Resolution

There are many of us who over the years have ambitiously embarked on a courageous New Year resolution to accomplish. I’m sure by now many of us would have thought about or even have decided on a resolution to achieve something in 2007. This article is meant to give an insight into Christian New Year resolutions we could reflect on and adopt. First some fundamental overview of resolutions

Anatomy of Failure happy new year in spanish 2022

It also shouldn’t come as surprise to us that the majority of us would have abandoned and even seen failure with resolutions by the end of January. In fact research indicates that 80% of us would have broken our resolves by January 31! Sadly only 5% of us would have continued in our quest to see through the resolution by year end. At the end of day when we prepare our New Year resolution, we are half-hearted about it.

Let’s first diagnose the reason for failure of such resolutions before we attempt to create one for 2007. The major cause of failed resolutions is our expectation of success or level of confidence of achieving our objective. Simply put, if you expect to fail, it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy and if you have the confidence to succeed, you will achieve your goal 100% or close to it. So let’s keep this in mind trying to formulate our New Year resolution. The other reason is that we have more than one resolution for the year. Let’s face it it’s easier to just focus on one resolution for the year.

Resolution Selection Principles

Let’s now get down to the steps to undertake to set-up resolutions we can fulfill. These are based on the SMART principle and they are an acronym for:

1. Specific – being specific makes it easier for implementation, monitoring and the other elements below. If you’re not specific we are unable to define if we are successful or otherwise.

2. Measurable – it should be quantifiable otherwise it cannot be measured. Hence qualitative goals are bound to fail simply because you have no way of determining progress.

3. Achievable – it has to be a task that we are confident of achieving. The only way of ascertain achievability is to conduct an analysis of our strengths and weaknesses to establish if we are capable of undertaking a specific goal.

4. Realistic – although goals are meant to be challenging, it should also not be unrealistic. This is related to the element of achievability and can be discovered by the strength and weaknesses analysis above.

5. Time-specific – we have to fix a time frame for achieving the goal we set. Typically for New Year resolutions this can be at the end of the year. Naturally there are some resolutions that could have a shorter period.

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