Resoluteness For A New Year’ Resolution
Most of us, at this time of year, are probably assessing our waistline, finances, the strength of our relationships, and whether or not we are achieving our dreams and desires.
New Years is a good time to take stock on how we have grown last year, and then setting new goals to accomplish even greater levels of fulfillment in the coming year.
So, we make resolutions to change the things that keep us from our dreams, and institute plans to add new and healthy components that will produce the new and improved…me.
Yet, the stats tell us that the majority of us run out of steam, reverting back to familiar excuses and habits that stifle our creative juices and energy to fulfill our desires and dreams.
The way we view who we are, along with our ability to utilize resources, change, and our attitudes about ourselves will determine our level of positive growth in 2018.
Persistence In A Proper Perspective
Lighthouses were built along rocky coastlines to give captains a point of references to safely navigate around obstacles threatening their voyage.
At night, a seasoned captain would constantly keep his eye on the light to ensure he avoided the potential hazards keeping him from his destination.
Similarly, we must continually keep our eyes fixed on the promises that God has given us if we expect to reach the resolutions we have made for 2018.
I am reminded of Abraham, who had the promise of a son, but after many years of dreaming, still saw no fulfillment.
Even though he did not see immediate breakthrough, however, he kept his perspective on God’s faithfulness to help him fulfill the promise.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the Promised Land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Hebrews 11:8-10).
Keeping a proper perspective is key in maintaining the resolve to fulfill our New Year’s resolutions.
We must remember that God is just as interested in the process of fulfilling our dreams as He is in getting us to our destination.
He is interested in developing our internal capacity to maintain the external blessings, gifting, anointing, and influence we desire.
God was building character and fortitude (Resoluteness) inside of Abraham to be able to receive the promise.
I’m sure the apostle Peter was referring to this process when he wrote,
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8).
Abraham learned these qualities over 25 years, along with some mistakes and failures thrown in along the way. Yet, he persevered in resolute faith, that God would help him pass the tests to receive his promised inheritance.
Maybe our New Year’s perspective needs to change!
If Abraham learned to persevere, trusting in God’s faithfulness, then maybe we need to do the same in fulfilling our resolutions.
When I first realized that I was called to be a leader in a Creative Renaissance over 25 years ago, in which I would venture into new realms of personal creativity, as well as release people into their creative destiny, I did not know how much faith and perseverance would be required to see my resolutions realized.
While I made many mistakes and took a lot of detours along the way, I kept a proper perspective of the promises that would see me to my destiny.
Here are some helpful tools that will keep you focused on completing your journey as well.
8 Resolute Tips For Fulfilling Your New Year’s Resolutions:
- Envisionate: Spend time every week, reading over your prophetic words, dreams, and desires for every sphere of your life.
- Create: Partner with God to find helpful and innovative ways to fulfill your vision.
- Calculate: Develop measureable and achievable goals that help you reach your target.
- Calibrate: Make a practical and strategic plan to pursue your dream every day.
- Activate: Attainable deadlines keep me focused on pursuing the priorities.
- Evaluate: Daily check ups reveal where we need to refocus and re-adjust.
- Affiliate: Find people who will encourage and assist you accomplishing your vision.
- Celebrate: Applauding each step towards your vision sustains motivation.
We all have dreams for this New Year, whether it is for personal growth, relational connection, or fulfilling our God-given destiny.
Resolving to fulfill our New Year’s resolutions is more than a matter of desire; Like Abraham, our desires, dreams, and destiny is achieved by determination.
I want to encourage you to find out what motivates you to persevere in the resolutions you have made this year to go to see the things in your heart come to pass.
I pray that you make great choices that propel you to start healthy habits, empowering beliefs, and creative strategies that unleash you into new levels of breakthrough throughout this year and beyond!
Let’s change our perspective to dream for a lifetime, where building our character and fulfilling our creative dreams keep us focused to go the distance!
Let me know how this blog has helped you in some way in resolving to fulfill your New Year’s resolutions. Also, pass it along to someone who may need some a lighthouse of encouragement to propel them to their promises for the new year.
Remember, you are Born to Create!