3 Keys to Unlocking Real Change

While yesterday’s post was rather negative, it is true that 9 out of 10 New Year’s resolutions are doomed to failure. There is a science explaining this phenomena that you can read about here on Buffer. This is a fascinating blog post, so I hope that you will read it.

Am I advocating that we do not attempt change in our lives? No! Certainly not! Striving for improvement is part of being human. We crave success in our work, finances and relationships. We fall prey to sadness or depression when we do not succeed in these areas. Check out this info-graphic on what traits and habits contribute to our success:

However, while odds may be terribly against New Year’s resolutions, the fact remains that 10% of those that resolve to make a change are successful, whether it is intentional or accidental. Let’s examine what makes a resolution stick.

3 Keys to Unlocking Real Change:

1. Be specific. Your desired change must be one that can be measured and tracked. “Eat healthier” and “lose weight” are not specific goals. Neither is “read the Bible more.” You will need to convert these vague aspirations to something concrete, such as “eat banana instead of pop-tart each morning”, “walk for 10 minutes a day” or “read the Bible for 5 minutes while drinking morning coffee.” These goals are measurable and specific and possible to accomplish.

2. Start small. As you can see from the above examples of measurable goals, they are also small. Small changes are much more likely to be followed each day. If you decide that you want to start journaling, commit to writing one sentence per day before turning in for the night. If want to pray more, commit to the Lord that you will thank Him for 3 things each day before you get out of bed in the morning. Then, as you find success, you can add to it. I started with walking 10 minutes a day, then raised it to 20 and then finally 30-40. This progression lasted about 2 months as I added to my walking time after about 2-3 weeks of success.

3. Write it down. Pray about it. Writing down a goal is a powerful first step. Write it down. Go ahead, do it now. Then, put it in a place where you will see it – the bathroom mirror, the coffee pot, the refrigerator, for heaven’s sake! Don’t feel embarrassed about it; your family will be proud of you and can help. Reviewing your goal daily will allow you to internalize it and keep it at the forefront of your mind. But this is only part 1 of this step. The second part is equally or perhaps more important. Pray about it. When we seek God’s help, we acknowledge that change hard, but that it is doable. When we pray, we tap into a strength greater than our own.

Would you like to be among the 10% who are successful with their New Year resolutions? Of course you do! Follow these 3 steps for lasting and satisfying change in your life.

What are your small and specific goals for this new year? (Hint: write them down in the comments section below!)

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