How to Make a New Year's Resolution
What are the top 3 New Year’s Resolutions?
1. Eat healthier / Lose weight
2. Exercise more
3. Save (more) / Spend less
Why do we make resolutions that we don’t even stick to for a month?
We don’t make resolutions, we make wishes
We want to change our actions without changing our mind
Resolute: firmly determined; set in purpose
Ps 27:4 KJV
One thing have I desired (sha’al) of the Lord, that will I seek after
Prov 13:4 KJV
The soul of the sluggard desireth (avah), and hath nothing
avah: to wish; to want; to wait longingly
sha’al: to ask; to enquire; to beg; to go after
If it’s REAL Desire – Action follows desire
Success rewards action
Succeeding is like climbing a Mountain –
You need experienced climbers w/ you & the right equipment
In 2019… Only keep “Can Do” company
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good character." – 1 Cor 15:33
Bad company steals your optimism, your joy & your future
Keep your promises
Your word should mean something
Your words obligate you
God is going to judge idle words – Matt 12:36
Eph 5:15-16 CJB
Therefore, pay careful attention to how you conduct your life –
live wisely, not unwisely. 16 Use your time well, for these are evil days.
Stop Procrastinating: Structure & routines, good habits, operating systems
Take care of Your business
Prov 22:29 KJV
Seest thou a man diligent in his business?
He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men
Be a “One Another” Minister
Be kind to one another, Pleasant – be more polite, smile at strangers, say “I’m sorry”
tenderhearted, Feel sympathy & show concern for others
forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
It’s hard to climb the mountain of success carrying someone on your back
Serve someone else – celebrate, honor
Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant. – Mark 10:43
Increase your capacity
God created you with the capacity to increase
“Be fruitful and multiply” – Gen 1:28
Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman," says the Lord. 2 "Enlarge the place of your tent and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.
God is not going to increase you until you increase your capacity
Remember the woman with the pots and the oil?
You understand this process when seeking a job promotion
What about the things you say you “Desire”?
Are you “wishing” or are you “going after”?
“Power of Two Hours” – invest 2 hours a week into personal growth
Women invest more to looking better
Men invest more on vicarious sports
Answer to Faith, not fear
Life is too short to live scared
The average person lets fear, not faith, determine their future
They focus more on what could go wrong, rather than what could go right
In 2019, I’m going to do something that I’ve always dreamed of
I’m going somewhere I’ve never been
I’m eating something I’ve never eaten
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. – 2 Tim 1:7