So 2017 is here. Now the debate starts over again about making resolutions versus developing proactive goals. According to the dictionary, a resolution is “the decision to do or not do something.” Based on how often we fail to keep resolutions for very long into the new year, I think the missing element is being proactive, which means “preparing for or initiating change rather than reacting to events.“
We can make decisions to do or not do something all day, but without the related preparation for or initiation of change, we end up only reacting to events that occur instead of following through with our decision. This requires a combination of determination, courage, and discipline.
Here’s your New Year’s Day inspiration…
“In the beginning of my ministry,
I had a dream
that I was driving my car
and approaching a flooded bridge.
I stopped, looking first at the water-covered bridge,
back where I had been, and to the side of the road,
trying to decide if I should park, retreat,
or keep moving forward.
Then I woke up.
God used that dream to show me
there will always be opposition
when pressing toward a goal.
There will always be opportunity
to park and go no farther,
or turn around and give up.
Determination will get you a lot further than talent.
So if you feel you lack talent, take heart.
All you need to win in life
is more determination than anyone else you know.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
I can so relate to the dream Joyce mentions, in different areas of life at different times, but most recently it applies to the journey I’ve been on for my Doctor of Education degree. I’ve been enrolled in the program for over 7 years (since November 2009). I have been close to quitting many times out of sheer frustration, but was determined to keep moving forward.
I am now in the midst of conducting my study and should finally complete my goal by or before my birthday in March! I have likened this journey to a major climb I’ve been on (in my much younger days), up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It’s a LONG, difficult climb – you can see the peak for quite awhile before you FINALLY get there. But once you reach the peak, it’s then a more leisurely downhill hike to complete the return trip of the journey. Still requires effort, but not nearly as difficult, since the finish line is then in sight. 🙂
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you agree there’s a difference between resolutions and proactive goals?
Have you created an action plan to achieve goals in this new year?
~~ Happy 2017!! ~~