1. Spend more time with family and friends.
3. Lose weight
4. Quit smoking
5. Enjoy life more
6. Quit drinking
7. Get out of debt
8. Learn something new
9. Help others
10. Get organized
I don't make resolutions. But I know a lot of people who do, so I am here to help.
In order for something to become a habit . . . that is something you do without thinking about it . . . you have to do it consistently for 21 days in a row. Yup! That's right 21 days!
If you want to lose weight or let's say exercise more, then you have consistently get up at 5:30 a.m. and exercise TWENTY - ONE DAYS in a row without missing a single day. This may just show you how determined you are, or it may show you just how much you refuse to become a fanatic about exercise.
My big habit buster is making my bed, or at least this is the example I always use. Making my bed always makes me feel better. It takes less than 5 minutes out of my day. It always makes me feel as if I have accomplished at least one thing in my busy day. BUT, sadly I can't get 21 days in a row. So yeah, my bed is unmade right now.
Maybe you need something a little deeper than just making your bed, or getting up in the morning to exercise.
Maybe God is telling you to something hard, something that seems impossible. What can just one person do for something so big? I have been re-studying Nehemiah. This guys started by fasting and praying about what was on his heart. This was something that emotionally affected Nehemiah as his hometown was in ruins. If something pulls at your heart in an emotional way you need to pray about it first like Nehemiah did. If you are serious, you need to fast about it as well.
So before you make a resolution, before you start one more thing that is going to end up in the basement or on the back deck covered in rust or dust . . . try taking it before the Lord first and then see what He wants you to do.
Nehemiah's very first thing on his "To Do" list was to fast and pray about what God wanted him to do. We'll get to the rest of what Nehemiah did later. But with all the talk of New Year's resolutions I thought maybe some guidance was in order.