It comes around every single year, sister. The barrage of New Year health resolutions! Everyone jumps on the train and says to themselves “this is the year. This is the time I’m going to get it right once and for all.” And you know what – good for them! But I have a question – what if we didn’t have to start over? I don’t believe there is a limit to starting over. And I firmly believe we should all have goals and aspirations for each season of life.
My final resolution this year is going to be quite simple: COMPLETE WELLNESS. I’m talking physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, organizational, relational…everything wellness. Starting with this year I am going to focus on simply being “well” in all of these areas. So where do we start? What does this look like to have a “roll-forward” resolution?
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YOUR TYPICAL TOP 10 NEW YEAR HEALTH RESOLUTIONS
Just for fun – let’s layout some of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions people typically set for themselves. Here they are in a nutshell:
- Lose weight
- Exercise more
- Read more
- Save more
- Quit smoking
- Learn a new skill
- Get organized
- Eat better
- Spend more quality time with family and friends
- Grow spiritually
How many of these have been part of your New Year health resolutions? I know I am guilty of having about 6 or 7 of these! I think most people at least set a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and exercise more.
Utilizing my “roll-forward” resolution idea I am going to resolve to get well in most of these areas each year. It’s not about starting over, friends. It’s about continuous improvement from one year to the next.
WHY ARE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS IMPORTANT?
I feel like “New Year’s Resolution” is really just a fancy term for “goals”. I mean…you could honestly just state “I am setting these goals for the new year” and you would essentially have resolutions…right?! If you’re a busy woman like me (and I’m assuming you are because you are HERE!!) then I bet you have some lofty goals. Here are a few reasons I believe setting goals or “New Year’s resolutions” are important.
Continuous Growth or Improvement –
We weren’t put on this earth to just take up space. Even from the day we were born we were constantly changing and growing. We were learning and improving. This is one reason I believe New Year’s resolutions are important. They foster a mind pattern of growth and improvement. None of us want to remain stagnant, right? That’s now what we were put here for in the first place:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
A Healthy Challenge –
Why do we all set those New Year health resolutions? Well, for a healthy challenge of course! We all grow and flourish through challenges. When we are tested we grow. When we set goals that challenge us to think outside of the box, push past our limits, and force us to give it all we got we grow to be better than we were.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
When we set New Year’s resolutions we have great intentions. We want to get better. We want to be better. However, after month 2 things start to piddle out. Our focus goes wayward and we forget what goals we set for ourselves and why. We become unmotivated. Setting New Year’s resolutions are important because they help us to refocus. Even for the “roll-forward” resolution it will be important each year to refocus on our intentions.
HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL “ROLL-FORWARD” NEW YEAR HEALTH RESOLUTION
Creating a successful New Year’s resolution really starts with a thought process. We need to take our time and form a list. Write down all the areas you want to grow in. Do you want to eat better so you can feel better? Or what about learning something new to encourage mental growth? How about challenging yourself to increase your time with God each morning? Or what about managing your time better or being more organized at home? I suggest picking 3 areas you want to focus on for right now and we can grow from there.
Make it a “doable” New Year Health resolution –
You aren’t going to stick to anything that is too far off into left field. I don’t want your list to be “time stamped” where you have to have certain things done by a certain time. That defeats the purpose of a “roll-forward”. A good example would be this: “ I am going to be honest about my feelings to my husband no matter how uncomfortable it is.” A roll-forward for this would be to be honest about your feelings in other relationships. Or: “I am going to spend 15 minutes each morning simply seeking God and his will for my day.” A roll-forward of this would be to start a prayer journal. Or, if your area is physical wellness, maybe this: “I am going to move my body with physical activity for 20 minutes 2 days a week”. The roll-forward for this would be an increase in time or days.
HOW TO IMPLEMENT HEALTHY HABITS FOR THE NEW YEAR
Now that we have 3 areas we have nailed down that we want to focus on, let’s start brainstorming. Start with the first area on your list. Write it on a new page. Underneath the area heading write down how putting this “roll-forward” resolution into action will look. When can you use it? How will you use it? What will be your actions? New Year’s health resolutions only come to fruition with ACTION behind them, sister! Complete this process for each area.
The final step I want you to take is to write the 3 areas you chose to work on for your initial “roll-forward” resolution in a place you will see every day. Make a screensaver for your phone, use a sticky for the bathroom mirror or your car, stick a note in your wallet, etc. Put these in a place that will remind you what you set out to do in the very beginning.
COMPLETE WELLNESS WITH A “ROLL-FORWARD” PLAN
I know – it’s not your typical New Year health resolutions guide but you know what – I think it’s better! There’s no pressure to be someone you aren’t meant to be. The only plan we have here is to be the best we can be with who (and who’s) we are. God made us in His image. He created us for greatness and we have SOOOOOO much potential. We just have to tap into it, friend.
Let me know what 3 areas you chose to focus on for your very first “roll-forward” resolution! I am excited to join you on this journey and help any way I can. That is, after all, what the Broken Blessings Tribe was created for! All us gals helping each other out!
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To help encourage you on your complete wellness journey – Check out the 8 STEPS TO FEELING YOUR BEST – and THE BEST PLANNERS FOR BUSY WOMEN – just a few ideas to get your year started off in the right direction.
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