Let’s begin anew

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:18–19)

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:1819)

Begin anew in ’22.

The new year is right around the corner and with it come the dreaded resolutions. Some feel obligated to set new ones at the beginning of each year, but soon realize the momentum only lasts a few months.

I’ve set resolutions most of my life but as I’ve gotten older, I understand that making a significant life change just because it’s a new year is not a great way to keep the energy going. The novelty of a new year wears off quickly and the reality sets in that it’s simply just another day. 

Lasting change

In my journey to make long-lasting life changes, I have found these tips to be useful:

  • Making changes that last longer than a few months can be tricky. Trying to find ways to keep them going is key. Being aware is the first step to change because real life will eventually creep in. Instead of giving up, accept the fact that it’s an issue and keep going.
  • Start by setting realistic goals. It’s great if you want to reach for the stars but do it by taking one step at a time. This is important so you don’t get burned out on the changes you’re trying to make.
  • Setting short-term goals is helpful if you want to see success at a faster pace. It’s a reminder that great things can be achieved if we don’t give up.
  • Enlist friends to hold you accountable. I’ve always heard you shouldn’t tell people what you’re doing in case you decide to quit. But isn’t that just setting yourself up for failure? Sharing with close friends or coworkers the things you want to accomplish will help you stay the course. Even better, ask them to join in.

Real change can happen if you truly want it. Doesn’t matter the size of the goal, only that you’re always moving forward. 

Amy Hacker

Amy Hacker is a regular contributor to The Rope. She also is creative services associate for The Alabama Baptist/TAB Media. She attends the Church of the Highlands and has three children.

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