At the time of this post, there are only 26 days remaining in 2018. Which also means we are just weeks or maybe even days away from beginning to hear all the grand New Year resolutions!
“New Year, New Me!”
I’m all for resolutions & goals and what better time to set them then at the turn of the year? You have a new wall calendar, a new daily planner and a fresh start, an empty palette.
What I have learned in the second half of my 42 years here is that life is a marathon, not a sprint. While it would be great to be able to accomplish all your goals in 2019, if you have $200k in debt and are carrying an extra 100 lbs, you may want to avoid the “sprint” approach.
Yes, a marathon is longer and may not have the instant gratification that the sprint brings, but have you ever experienced the joy of checking off a few realistic goals each month? Too often, we set unrealistic goal for ourselves and when we don’t achieve them, we end up throwing in the towel and giving up completely, rather than continuing to chip away.
If you have $200k in debt today, see how $196k feels in 3 months. Maybe in 3 months you won’t be a size 6, but you also won’t be a size 18 anymore either. Maybe you can’t conquer the mountain in just 12 months, maybe you’ll need 2 or 4 years to reach that goal but you can be closer in 6 weeks from now than you are today!
“Thin-slice” your goals and create an avalanche from the small wins.
I use a 12 week annual strategic plan which I learned from my mentor, Dr. Kevin Hahn. It consists of a master plan for the year, broken down into a 12 week action plan and reviewed & adjusted every Sunday evening.
I list all my goals, the major goals that require hard work and even the smaller goals like taking my wife on more dates. I love our dates but I also love her home cooking every night so I have to set reminders to treat her more often.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. If your trying to break a bad habit, chances are they weren’t instantly created, so don’t be so hard on yourself if they are aren’t instantly broken by January 2nd… just keep at it!
“…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” – Hebrews 12:1b NLT