We are two months into the New Year, and resolution fatigue is already in the air. While some may have hit a perfect rhythm with their New Year’s resolutions, others have hit a wall.
So how do we stay true to our resolutions? It’s simple, “it doesn’t matter where you start, it’s where you finish.” We can finish what we’ve started by giving ourselves permission to push the reset button. Wherever you’ve dropped the ball, just pick it up again. Hit the reset and start over. Much too often the natural default to failure is to do nothing.
One such challenge that has a no-fail default built into the challenge is reading through the bible in a year. The reading schedule is set up to bring you back on schedule even when you’ve gotten off track.
So getting you back on track to completing the task is built into the challenge. In the same way “resolution reset” puts us back on track and back in the game.
It’s just February, there is no reason to give up the fight to finishing what you’ve started. Hitting reset is God’s grace to start fresh wherever you are right now. Who says an achievement has to be major to count? All accomplishments count, large or small.
Maybe starting with smaller steps that build into bigger ones is more obtainable. The rule of slow and steady is this, it will get done. New Year Resolutions represent turning over a new leaf, changing routines, and charting new paths. Therefore, quitting is not the only option when we fall off the wagon.
According to T. H. Palmer: “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” Consistency, consistency is the mother of routine. So how long does it take to change habits? Much of the research suggests that the time varies from 21 days to 66 days depending on the habit.
What’s important here is that with time and effort, we do get to a desired destination. Resolution reset allows us to take back our power in determining our future. It gives us the permission to start over.
In the sports arena there is such a thing called a false start. Webster defines a false start as a premature start or an unsuccessful attempt to begin something. Even with the best intentions, sometimes we can get off to a false start. But the good news is that we can start over.
Because we have become so conditioned to want immediate gratifications, we miss the rewards of delayed gratifications. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians, he affirms the rewards of delayed gratification.
In Galatians 6:9, he states “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Lastly, every day is a fresh start to taking steps toward the better you.
If we aim at nothing, we will hit nothing, but if we aim at something, we hit something every time.
Kimberly Strain is pastor of the Outreach Christian Center in Delaware.