I Stink at New Year’s Resolutions

This is the time of year that you’ll find all sorts of advice on various blogs on goal-setting and sticking to your New Year’s resolutions. After all, it’s a new year! Time to start fresh, right?

You won’t find any of that here.

The fact of the matter is…I stink at New Year’s Resolutions.

I stink at them as bad as your feet do when you don’t wear socks while wearing your fake-Ugg boots.

My main problem is that I have a serious lack of self-discipline. Just call it one of my many character flaws. And the things that I really want (or rather think I want) to do, I can never stick with. Pair that with the fact that when I do set a goal/resolution, I set way too high expectations of myself and you’ve got a disaster waiting to happen.

But nevertheless, here are a few things I would like to do better in the coming year. None of which have to do with losing weight or exercising. I’m hoping that I’ll have the reverse effect of previous years…since I’ve made New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight and exercise that I haven’t stuck with in years past, maybe this year it will magically happen if I don’t resolve to do it. A girl can hope, right? ;)

Be a better friend.  In the process of mothering and running this blog, I have neglected quite a few friendships with people I dearly love in the last year. I need to do a better job of calling, getting together with, and being thoughtful of my real-life friends. I am so very thankful for each of them and need to do a better job of showing it!

Pray for more patience with the boys.  I simply cannot do this in my own strength…I HAVE to ask for help! Whether it’s a “breath prayer” every few minutes or the drawn-ought plea of a guilt-ridden mother, I MUST pray for more patience…especially in the bleak days of winter ahead!

Show my husband daily that I love and cherish him.  I tell him dozens of times a day…but I want to show him with my actions each and every day! I am so thankful for him and want him to know just how wonderful he is!

Be a better example of a servant of Jesus Christ to those around me.  I’ve really dropped the ball on this. I can get so caught in myself (or our little family) that I fail to think of others and be the hands and feet of Jesus. I haven’t decided exactly how I’m going to make a habit of doing this, but trying to be mindful and prayerful about it is a start!

There are a million other things I need to work on as well (it honestly overwhelms me to think about all the ways I need to improve as a person), but these are my main objectives in the coming year!

However much I stink with the whole self-discipline thing, all has not been lost in the last year. Besides a period of “drought” in the summer, I have been in the Word regularly this last year. I’ve actually found I can barely get through a day without needing to be in the Word. I have so much to learn and I am so thankful that God has opened my eyes to this very necessary part of my walk with Him!

5 Comments

  1. Love it! I’m a terrible resolution keeper, I don’t even bother with them anymore. Instead I’m going to have faith that God has great plans for 2012 without me having to make them. :)

  2. I think I could have written this post today myself! (all of it….setting the bar too high, begging for patience, and trying to show my husband how much I truely love him!) Only I have 3 boys and a hubby!

  3. I don’t tend to do resolutions, which are too easy to break and then give up on. Instead, I write goals, which I can work towards. Your goals sound a lot like mine for this year. Hope it goes well.

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