Give Up the Give Up

Lots of folks have created New Year’s Resolutions and goals for 2012.

Can you guess how many attempts, on average, people will make to keep their resolutions/achieve their goals before they give up?

What’s your guess?


Try ZERO!  None!  They won’t even try.

Sad but true.  Why is this?  Because people often set goals in areas where they are weak and they view themselves as incapable of success.

Here’s what I mean.  Take fitness, as an example.

We look at the people who are super fit and we envy them.  We want their bodies, their energy, and their health.  But they seem to love to work out.  They actually enjoy it.

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Post Your Resolutions

Want a community of people to hold you accountable for your New Year’s Resolutions?

In the comments section post your resolution(s).  We’ll check in with you from time to time to see how you’re doing.

We’ll also help you find ways to stay on track.

As iron sharpens iron, so we can sharpen each other.

Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says to, “…encourage one another and build each other up…”

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The 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards is considered by many to be the greatest American theologian in history.  He wrote these 70 resolutions which he would review once a week.  I find it very edifying to review them myself.

Resolutions 1 through 21 were written by in one sitting in New Haven in 1722.  He then added to the list, and noted the additions by putting the date of writing at the end of each new set of entries.

Which of these impacts you most?  Do you have your own list?  Leave your comments after reading.  I’m going to post my version tomorrow.

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (1722-1723)
Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.

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Get Rid of Unproductive Days Once and for All

How many of us have reached the end of the day and felt like we really didn’t accomplish anything?  (For what it’s worth, I’m raising my hand right now.)  Great years are made of great months, which are made of great weeks, which are simply made of great days.  String a bunch of productive days together and your life will get really good really quickly.  Do the opposite and you can go into an all-out stall.

What if there was a way to get rid of unproductive days forever?  What if you could get to the end of every day and, without exception, say, “today was a good day?”  What if you could do that and not be required to transform into some sort of uber-disciplined superhuman?  Well you can.  With a simple technique called “The Big 5.”

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