Happy New Year! As the celebrations come to an end and the dust has settled, then comes the implementation of our new year's resolutions. We all have them and for some reason it’s the popular time to step out of our comfort zone, try something new or incorporate some type of self improvement. It makes sense, “new year-new me” but why do so many people start strong and lose the excitement a few weeks or months into the year? I believe the answer is commitment.
Commitment is scary. Commitment is work. Commitment is sacrifice. When you’re committed to excellence, or the most excellent version of you, you have to sacrifice a lot, especially time. This involves time away from people, things, certain hobbies, television, social gatherings, foods and/or whatever is taking your mind and time away from your commitment. My biggest vice and time waster was drinking alcohol. I used to call myself a social drinker because I only drank when I was around friends. This was true but during those social occasions I would over do it. Abusing alcohol not only took me away mentally during the moment I was drinking but it also had lasting effects. Looking back, this was one of the biggest self-imposed roadblocks to my commitments. My life revolved around partying and did not even realize that I was sabotaging my commitment during my so called “good times.” Before you create your new years resolution, take a moment to see what is holding you back and make a commitment to overcome the things or substance that has control over you.
New years bring excitement and anyone with a heartbeat can get excited but commitment necessitates a strong foundation. If you’re excited about something, you do it when it’s convenient but when you’re committed you work on it consistently without excuses. You have to find a foundation that will give you peace when everything around you appears to be troubled or shaky. You need a reason to get up every morning that goes beyond your alarm clock, something deeper and personal. Personally speaking, my foundation is God and His word according to the bible. I rely on His word every single day. Matthew 7:24 says “everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
It doesn't get any steadier than that and I pray every morning for his guidance and protection as I go about my day knowing He’s with me. I not only pray for myself but I pray for my wife, my family and everyone around my circle of influence. There are many days I wake up tired so if I were to rely on my feelings as my foundation, I would get nothing done because I’m tired. However, if I rely on God’s word as my foundation, I wake up knowing that He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me, Jeremiah 29:11. This promise gives me excitement every single day and even when things appear to go wrong, I know that everything is still working for my good. “Behind your feelings is nothing. But behind every principle (God’s word) is a promise.” Eric Thomas
Whatever resolution you choose for 2016, make sure you establish your foundation first and commit to it. You’re going to need that foundation to come back to when things get difficult or when you experience setbacks (and you will). Throw your entire self into that commitment and watch how God will catch and align you with the right people, situations, resources and experiences. It’s a beautiful thing when we take a leap of faith and commit to something greater than ourselves because we tend to have a greater impact on not only ourselves but everything around us as well. Let us live lives of impact and be a blessing to others, we're in this together.
Wishing you a blessed, prosperous and committed new year!