It's a collection of choices and habits that make up our days, and ultimately, our lives.
How do we plan our days so that at the end of the week we can look back and see ourselves living as the people we want be, leading the lives we want to wake up to each day?
Resolutions are about creating habits that build the futures we want to live.
How am I going to live in 2016, so that I walk into 2017 happier, healthier, and more attune to God's work in my life?
On the top half are personal resolutions aimed at improving our lives spiritually, creatively, physically, and mentally.
What habits can I develop to become spiritually stronger?
On the bottom half are interpersonal resolutions that impact our own lives as well as those around us in our relationships, careers, and communities.
What habits can I develop to connect deeply to those around me?
Become financially stable?
Not only does this format allow us to grow personally, it helps ensure we're stewarding our most valuable resources well: our time and our money.
What changes do we need to make so that our values align with our schedules and our bank accounts?
If you want to set goals that are attainable, ensure they are S.M.A.R.T goals:
Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, Time-bound
As an example, let's take the resolution to get in shape. "Get in shape" isn't specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, or time bound, but let's make it SMART!
Specific - What does getting in shape mean? Eating healthier? Working out? Losing weight? Feeling great?
Measurable - How will you know you're succeeding? By the number of times you got to the gym per week? By the number on the scale? How can you track your progress week over week?
Assignable - Can you reach this goal solo? Do you need buy-in from someone in your home? Do you need to delegate or assign associated tasks to a colleague or partner?
Realistic - Is this goal truly attainable? Is there a definitive finish-line?
Time Bound - When will this occur? When and with what frequency? Can you accomplish this goal in a year's time? If the answer is no, you may want to think about curating a Life List to hold your big dreams.
If you find my format for resolutions helpful, I've created a free printable worksheet. Please print it and write on it with a pen or open it in a photo editing application and type over it. If this post finds it's way to you at the start of a new year or mid-way through, it's always a great time to redefine success synergistically, according to our values, and the unique purpose God created us to live out.
For more on goal setting, watch the full video walk-through!
The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do… They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose. - Albert E.N. Gray from The Common Denominator of Success
I'd love to know what goals and resolutions you set for 2016! Please share in the comments, it's inspiring to walk this out together!
Cheers to redefining success in 2016,