It’s not too late for New Year’s resolutions—and if you’ve already broken the ones you made three days ago, it’s ok to start fresh today! A study by Richard Wiseman, PhD, shows that these five tips give people a better chance of success:
- Break larger goals into smaller steps.
- Reward yourself for each step you achieve.
- Tell your friends about your goals.
- Focus on the benefits of succeeding.
- Keep a diary of your progress.
In the spirit of #3, I’m inviting you to share your New Year’s resolutions here by posting a comment. The very fact that you’re making your commitment public will increase your likelihood of living up to it. Plus you might receive encouragement and new ideas from fellow commenters.
I’m willing to start. In fact, I’ll share two of my resolutions:
1. I will eat healthier in 2012. I don’t know exactly what that is going to look like yet, but my first step toward achieving this goal was to order a book called Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, by Gary Taubes. Here’s a quote from the book description:
…Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century, none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat, and the good science that has been ignored, especially regarding insulin’s regulation of our fat tissue. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? Packed with essential information and concluding with an easy-to-follow diet, Why We Get Fat is an invaluable key in our understanding of an international epidemic and a guide to what each of us can do about it.
If the book lives up to this description, I’ll let you know. Maybe I’ll even do a book review in a future post.
2. I will finish the book I’ve been writing—in fact, I’ll do this before the end of January! It’s a compiled, enhanced, re-organized, and updated collection of some things I’ve written about another popular New Year’s resolution: Reading the Bible. I was convicted about how important this topic this is when I looked at my blog stats and discovered how many people find LifeLines after Googling phrases like,
“Why people don’t read the Bible”
“Can I be a good Christian and not read my Bible”
“Why don’t Christians read the Bible.”
So the book is intended to answer those questions and help people succeed at Bible-reading. My plan is to publish it as a very affordable ebook.
So those are two of my resolutions.
What are some of yours?