By: Brandon Montague
With the fresh start of 2019, the beginning of a new year, come the typical “new year, new you” pledges that we tend to make to ourselves. Most often, these New Year resolutions focus on improving our overall health or are contrived in order to break a bad habit or two. We generally concentrate our efforts toward self-improvement and, usually, this change is short-term. We try hard to set personal goals that are long-lasting, but the statistics show that, in America, over half of men and women who try for long-term change are doomed to fail by the middle of the year.*
So, then, how are we able to obtain a permanent change to our daily lifestyle? How can we make these New Year resolutions with confidence, knowing that the results will stick with us for longer than 6 months? What are some steps that we can take to guarantee a lifetime of better health and a higher quality of life?
From my life experiences, and from what I have seen happen in other people’s lives, a successful change comes about when the following short list of items takes place:
There are other ways to successfully achieve the results of your New Year resolutions, but these three are vital to more permanent life change. This is why I believe a person must only need these three items:
Follow these three ideas and your New Year resolutions are as good as gold! I have seen these three ideas serve several of the homeless men and women that have come through the doors of the City Mission, too. Those who are struggling and in need of a hand up have put their faith in God’s ways and not their own. Often-times, the reason why he or she has needed our services is because they have tried their way instead of seeking God’s way. They stay committed to the goals that they make while at the City Mission and they continue to persevere no matter how difficult it may be. They work hard to better their circumstances in the time they are given to stay at the shelter. Lastly, they find support in the Mission staff, local churches, friends that they meet from work, or elsewhere. This is where they draw their daily strength…from the love and encouragement that they receive from these individuals. And they realize they were not created to be alone, but to be in relationship with others who can help them and who they can help, too.
* Cited from https://proactivechange.com/resolutions/statistics.htm