I think we all have a love/hate relationship with New Year's Resolutions. Click To Tweet

I think we all have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s Resolutions.

I know I do!

January 1st rolls around and suddenly our social media floods with the resolutions of all our friends and family. As we read them, we laugh and roll our eyes. We all know we’re just witnessing wishful thinking.

Some estimates say that 40% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions—but only 8% of people actually achieve them.* Clearly there’s a disconnect.

Some estimates say that 40% of Americans make New Year's Resolutions—but only 8% of people actually achieve them. What are we missing? Click To Tweet

Before you get the idea that I hate New Year’s Resolutions and think they’re pointless, I don’t. Setting resolutions or goals we hope to meet in the new year is very wise. But I think we’d all agree we have a problem when it comes to making these goals a reality.

Oftentimes, it’s our belief about the goal we’ve set that dooms us to failure from the outset.

Oftentimes, it's our belief about the goal we've set that dooms us to failure from the outset. Click To Tweet

We plan to go to the gym every day or lose weight or be healthier in the new year, but life happens and our goal begins to slip. Instead of pushing harder, we tell ourselves, “I’m just a lazy person. It’s who I am. Everybody knows it.”

We miss time with a friend or loved one and tell ourselves, “I’m just a forgetful person; they know I care. But everyone knows how unorganized I am. I’m sure they don’t mind.”

Or maybe when we don’t meet the goal we set at work, “It’s ok. I’m not as gifted as my coworker. Besides, I’ve never been a top performer; I’m just not a stand-out employee.”

This even affects our relationship with God.

All throughout the Bible, there are people that God had to challenge to upgrade their beliefs:

Moses was limited by the belief: “God, You can’t.”

Sara was limited by the belief: “God, that’s impossible.”

Gideon was limited by the belief: “God, this can’t be real.”

Jonah was limited by the belief: “God, You shouldn’t.”

Instead of believing a lie about your present situation or your future destination, trust God in faith! Believe that He is Who He says He is! God delights in doing the impossible—do you truly believe He can do the impossible through you?

God delights in doing the impossible—do you truly believe He can do the impossible THROUGH YOU? Click To Tweet

Don’t let your beliefs hold you back. God has great things planned for you. Upgrade your beliefs and follow Him!

Don't let your beliefs hold you back. God has great things planned for you. Upgrade your beliefs and follow Him! Click To Tweet

Written by : Nate Calvert

Nate Calvert is a Christian husband, pastor, and businessman who believes life as a Christian doesn’t have to be complicated.

He is passionate about investing in those around him and sharing the message of Jesus everywhere he goes.

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