It’s that time of year again. It’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions.
If you are anything like me, you set these high lofty goals only to be off the bandwagon within a few weeks.
Do we really want to go through this meaningless process again in 2014?
For the past several years I have had my youth group compile a list of New Year’s resolutions.
Many of my kids have been in my class for years and have continued to use the same piece of paper for the last few years.
In our last youth meeting, I brought out all of the New Year’s resolutions from years past and dumped them out in front of them.
I read through some of things they had committed to changing. Things like lose weight, eat healthier, and have daily devotions were recurring themes.
As I looked at mine, which dated back to 2009, I noticed that each subsequent year I had simply drawn arrows back to my 2009 resolutions.
In other words, I still haven’t accomplished them!
My challenge to our teens for 2014 was not to make decisions about things we want to do this year but to decide who we would like to become.
Writing lofty goals on a piece of paper is easy. It is fun to imagine being in shape, starting that new business, or finally quitting smoking.
The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they focus too much on the end result.
We generally make them without any thought of how we are going to accomplish them.
We ignore “the process”.
The process is the blood, sweat, and tears.
The resolution is that “what”. The process is the “when”, “where”, “how”, and “why”.
The process involves things that might be perceived as outside of our comfort zone. It involves stretching ourselves.
There is a reason only .5% of the population will ever run a marathon. Because it’s difficult.
When we look at famous athletes or successful business people, we often overlook the process it took to get there.
It took many years of hard work before those people were given the corner office or a $250 million contract.
One thing any CEO or professional athlete has in common is “the process”.
Without this process, we will never arrive at our desired end result.
We will never become the person we want to be.
Without the process there will be no significant progress.
If we want something different in 2014, we are going to have to do something different.
What are some New Year’s resolutions that you have struggled with in the past? What can you do different this year to focus more on the process instead of the end results.