But change can be a good thing. Sometimes we need change. Occasionally we even want change. So when change is a good thing, and we are actually welcoming it into our lives, how do we make it stick? Maybe you rang in the new year with a determined resolve to quit something old or start something new. You've decided to do less of this or more of that. Ditching an old, bad habit or starting a new, good habit takes some sticking to.
Do some of these resolutions sound familiar? I'm particularly drawn to the "learn a new skill or hobby", and who doesn't need to drink more water? Maybe these are some of the same resolutions you made last year. But last year, sadly, they didn't stick. This is a different year! We're going to make those resolutions stick this year, because you and I both know the sticking to is what makes change happen! So, how can we ensure that our determination to quit this or start that, to do less of this or more of that sticks?
Back to my prayer for the coming year— "...a bit of earth... to plant seeds, to make things grow, to see them come alive"! This year I want to plant seeds of hope, redemption, love and joy. I also want to plant seeds of fulfillment, compassion, peace. And of course, seeds of encouragement! These are the seeds I want to plant in our online community at InstaEncouragements. Hope, redemption, love, joy, fulfillment, compassion, peace, and encouragement. These are the seeds we all should be planting in our own lives.
How can we accomplish this in the coming year? One way I know is to step out of our comfort zones. Go out into the darkness, into the unknown. And how can we do that except we put our hand into the hand of God? For "that shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way".
If you have made New Year's resolutions but rarely stuck to them, I dare you to read Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff. It might just be the best gift you've ever given your goals!
"Goals you don’t finish don’t disappear. They become ghosts that haunt you. Scientists call it the, “Zeigarnik Effect.” You remember incomplete goals more than completed ones.
That’s why you need the book Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff. He's humorous, but also real helpful because he knows the problem is real frustrating for so many of us. The book is loaded with research but super practical at the same time. It's also a great gift for the perfectionist in your life. Check it out!
What seeds do you want to plant in the coming year?
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