Six Questions to Frame Your New Year’s Resolutions

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I resolve to . . . .

How will you finish that sentence this year?

The end of the world predicted by the Mayans did not occur :-), so as 2012 starts to appear in the rear-view mirror and 2013 rises on the horizon, my thoughts are turning to resolutions.  Why do we make them?  Why don’t we keep them?  The new year presents the opportunity for new beginnings, and new beginnings – big and small – are important for helping us move forward in our personal and professional lives.

So – as you ponder your possible new year’s resolutions, consider building  them around your answers to the following questions:

What will I do in 2013 to grow professionally?

We all have jobs. Whether you are a manager, a line employee, a stay-at-home parent or a student, you have work to do.  Do it well.  Take pride in your efforts. Seek out ways to enhance your skills and abilities.  Whatever you do – you can always find ways to do it more effectively.  If you’re not moving forward, you are – by default – moving backward.  This is a choice you make.  No one else can make this choice for you.  Whatever you do – don’t be satisfied with the status quo in 2013.

What will I do in 2013 to grow personally?

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.  We all have skills, abilities, interests and relationships that are not part of our work lives.  Don’t neglect yours.  Balance your efforts to grow professionally with your efforts to grow personally.  Invest more time to your family.  Invest more time in your hobbies.  Life is not all about work unless you choose to make life all about work.  If you want to grow personally, you must be intentional about it.  The easiest person to neglect is you.  Don’t make that mistake in 2013.

What will I do in 2013 to nourish my body?

Eat better. Eat less. Eat more.  Exercise.  Exercise more frequently. Exercise differently. Get more sleep.  Get an annual physical.  Do what your doctor suggests. Pay attention the signals your body sends you.  If you don’t put gas in your car, it won’t run; and if you don’t do the routine maintenance, your car will break down.  The same goes for your body. As a chief offender in this area, I can attest that we can all do a better job of nourishing our bodies.  Let 2013 be the start of something good for your body.

What will I do in 2013 to nourish my soul?

Just as you need to nourish your body, you need to nourish your soul. I am a Christian, so be fair warned, my approach to soul-nourishment is decidedly Christ-focused.  Spend more time in fellowship, worship and prayer.  If you are feeling distant from God, you probably aren’t spending much time talking to Him.  Pray and study the Scriptures daily, and God will nourish your soul. Skeptical?  See, it isn’t possible to nourish your soul with materials things; to nourish your soul you have to turn to things spiritual.  However you choose to do so, feed your soul in 2013.

What will I do in 2013 to help others?

Helping others is a great way to develop yourself professionally and personally. It can be a means to nourishing your body and your soul, too.  Be intentional in your efforts to help others – to put the needs of others before your own – and you will be amazed at how much better you will feel inside and out.  What will you do in 2013 to help others?

How will I make difference in 2013?

You exist for a reason.  You are not here by chance or mistake.  Your job is to seek this purpose and to work toward it.  When you do what you were placed on this earth to do, you will make a difference.  It make not be a difference that shows upon in the news or gets recorded in history books, but it will be a difference that impacts the lives of the people in your life.  Be intentional about how you will make a difference in 2013. What you do does matter!

Looking toward 2013 . . .

. . . I will strive to grow professionally and personally.  I will try to be more consistent and persistent in my efforts to nourish my body and soul.  And,  I will  work to lead through my service to others.    How about you?

So – when December 31, 2013 rolls around, how will you know whether or not you actually made a difference?

Trust me – you’ll know!

 Have a very happy new year and do great things (big and small) in 2012!

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