According to a survey of 3,000 participants, 88 percent of all New Years resolutions end in failure. Resolving yourself to pursue a healthy change in your life is very important in beginning to achieve sustained growth.  However, you are most likely to achieve that healthy change if you begin today. Waiting for a certain date in the future greatly decreases the likelihood of you being successful at achieving what you have resolved yourself to.  Start today.  Not next week, or after next month’s vacation, or after your birthday, or after the holidays, etc.

You want to set yourself up for success.  In addition to starting today, you need to make the change you want measurable and accomplishable.  Focus on one key area of growth and succeed there first, than work on the others. 

The most important thing you can do is communicate your resolution to others.  Community and accountability are essential aspects of any real and lasting change.  If you try to be a lone ranger, you will most likely fail.  If you wait for a certain date, you will most likely fail. If you try to do everything at once, you will most likely fail.  If you do not clearly define what success looks like with what you have resolved yourself to, you will most likely fail.

New Year’s is a great time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the next year.  You can achieve great change and health in this year.  You can heal in your marriage, you can overcome addiction, you can be more kind and patient, you can forgive, you can seek out a new career and calling, and you can achieve greater physical, mental and emotional health.  Start today, seek out community and accountability, and clearly define your goals. 

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