Ever wonder why it is so difficult to do what’s right? You make goals (similar to the “Eleven in 2011″) and you decide to make positive changes in your life – changes that you know will be beneficial long-term – and then – you find them very hard to keep and you go back to your old behavior. I find it frustrating.
How can you set yourself up for success in making positive changes – whatever those changes can be? I have a few ideas that might help.
1. Connect with God – when you feel yourself going back to your old behavior, pray to God for help. Seek to have that abiding relationship with God that is talked about in John 15.
2. Tell people about your goals – your desire to change. Ask those people to ask you about your progress. Ask those people to pray for you!
3. Find some help. This can be by having others go through the process with you (esp. exercise and weight loss). I would also encourage you to find a coach – someone you can meet with to help you develop a plan to achieve those goals. I would be more than willing to help if possible.
4. When you mess up (and you WILL mess up), push the re-start button and start over! Get back on track!
I am preaching this week on the theme that your “direction determines your destination”. Not your intentions, not your hopes, not your dreams, not even your prayers, but the actual direction you are going. Make sure you are on the path that leads to your destination. If you aren’t on the path – get back on it!