Food for Thought-Richard’s Rules for Resolutions

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  1. Try making resolutions you know you can keep. Even though you may have a list of inspiring, hopeful, and life-changing ideas; realistically, how many do you ever end up keeping?
  2. Start with small resolutions. Begin by making small steps that may lead to a much larger goal.  Resolutions don’t have to be grand, sweeping statements of intent.  They can much smaller and direct.
  3. Make your resolutions each day. We often make the mistake of saying outlining our plans for change in the New Year on January 1st and infer that these will last for the next 12 months.  Trying making one resolution today, a different one tomorrow, or simply recommitting each day.  In this way, resolutions become doable.  Our schedules are such that the commitments we make beyond tomorrow will become lost in the maze of obligations that lay claim to our lives.
  4. If you start small, it’s easy to build (think about Legos) on the foundation you’ve laid. If you were to begin each day by saying “Thank You”, imagine how your life would change by adding a new word every morning.  Thank You, God.  Thank You, daughter, Thank you God, family, daughter.  Thank You God, thank you for clean water.  Our perspective on life shifts when we start seeing the world from a gratitude infused reality.
  5. You might want to write your resolutions down. Keep them in a place where you know you will see them.  If this is on your phone, computer, a journal, the first pages of your Bible, or even on post-it Notes stuck to the refrigerator, you need to be reminded (visually) of what you’re trying to accomplish.
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