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EP. 48 Six Reasons Why New Year's Resolutions Fail


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SHOW NOTES


Welcome back to another week and year of the Hope Rescue Podcast! We are so thankful for the support we received in 2019 and we are excited for what is to come in 2020! Today we are talking about six obstacles that get in the way of keeping your New Year’s Resolutions. Stay tuned to find out how you can reach your goals in 2020!


6 Obstacles that Prevent People from Keeping New Year’s Resolutions


1. The past. Forget past failures and move forward. Evaluate what you did to produce the failure and then focus on the future. Regret is the enemy of change. Gather the lessons you've learned from your past and let them be a memorial instead of a burial ground. Instead of mourning over your past failures, focus on what lessons you have learned and move forward.


2. Lack of knowledge. When you make a New Year's resolution you need to make an informed decision about your goals. Do you know how to accomplish the goal you are committing yourself to? Educate yourself and make a plan of the necessary steps you need to take to reach your goal.


3. Unrealistic ambition. In other words, you tend to destroy your purpose with overly ambitious goals. If you are already struggling one week into the new year, maybe you need to reevaluate your goals. Are they realistic? Instead of focusing on your big goals for the year, focus on the small goals you have to accomplish to reach the end goal. If your goals are difficult to reach, that doesn't necessarily mean they are unrealistic though. If your goals are outside of your power they are unrealistic but if they are difficult at first, that is normal.


4. Failure to focus on process. People make the mistake of focusing too much on the end result instead of focusing on their next step. Tim quotes Proverbs 16:9 which says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” While keeping the end goal in mind, also be aware that it will take time to reach your goals. Instead of focusing solely on the end goal, try thinking about the next step you need to take to move closer to your end goal.


5. Lack of accountability. If you make a New Year’s Resolution in your head but never write it down or talk about it with someone, there is nothing holding you accountable for keeping your resolutions. Make a physical list of your New Year’s resolutions and post them somewhere you will see every day. Talk to your friends or family about what your goals are, and ask them what their goals are too! Hold each other accountable and build each other up.


6. Believing the law of inevitability. The law of inevitability is the fallacious belief that a particular outcome or event is inevitable. Once a failure, always a failure is a lie. Once an addict, always an addict is a lie. Once overweight, always overweight is a lie. Tim quotes Romans 12:2 which says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”


QUOTES


“Gather the lessons you've learned from your past and let them be a memorial instead of a burial ground.” -Kimberly


“When our minds are renewed, it changes our belief system. Our belief system changes our thinking. Our thinking changes our emotions. And our emotions determine a change in our behavior.” -Tim


“Don't let your failures tell you that you are a failure.” -Tim


REFERENCED SCRIPTURE


Galatians 5:7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?


Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.


Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps


Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.



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