New Year’s Resolution Versus Goal Setting

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As we fast approach the end of another year what steps if any are you taking to make the next one your best one?

Do you believe in New Year resolutions? Goal setting? What camp do you belong to? It’s pretty fair to assume that most people fall into one of three categories.

  1. You love setting goals and/or New Year resolutions.
  2. You believe in the concept, but have not been very successful.
  3. You think they are a complete waste of time.

Don’t fall into the wrong camp! The hesitation some people feel towards having a New Year’s resolution is easy to understand. Frankly, I can’t blame them. Why? Because the rate of success isn’t encouraging. In fact, often a New Year’s resolution alone will create a sense of disillusionment if we fail after a short period of time.

The difference between a New Year’s resolution and the practice of setting goals is vast. You see I believe that although a resolution is a good and admirable first step, it is only as good as the goal that backs it up. Without a clear vision as to how you’re going to get there, you might as well be throwing coins into a wishing well.

Often resolutions have the potential to demoralize us. After all some people write the same resolutions year after year, with no long term effect. The problem occurs when we settle on the first step and never write down a clear vision that points us towards the mark. Goal setting has the potential to change any area of your life, if applied consistently.

When we write our goals clearly like the word of God instructs in Habakkuk 2:2 Then the LORD answered me: “write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. We are now empowered to see results. Notice the two keys in this passage, one we are to write and two we are to read them. Whatever we keep before our eyes is what will grow the most in our lives.

That’s why I strongly believe in goal setting and I am not much of a proponent of resolutions alone. Goal setting forces you to come up with a strategy. It changes it from a simple wish to a tangible truth that can manifest.

At the end of every year Randy and I take the time to write out our SMART goals for the next year. We clearly write what we are believing for. Ever since we started consistently writing out our goals, we have seen most of them come to pass, others are quickly on their way.

SMART goals need to be Specific: Who? What? Measurable: How? Attainable: Reasonable? Relevant: Expected result? Timed: When?


I assure you that if you make your goals clear, look at them daily while trusting God to give you the necessary strength and determination, you can accomplish your goals. Some of our goals are lofty, but that’s ok because we are believing God for the success.

Perhaps, you may be dreading the New Year wondering what it may bring. Why not end the year strong and take the necessary steps to see your goals fulfilled in the coming year?

I challenge you to write your vision clearly. How will you grow stronger in your faith? How will you ensure that your mind is at peace? How will you take better care of your body so that you can serve those in you immediate world and impact your community?

FITTOSERVE challenges you to create goals and then trust God to give you the wisdom to accomplish them. It is our prayer that you will be whole in spirit, mind and body. Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 1:2

Are you looking for a tool to assist you? I highly recommend Terri Savelle Foy’s book Dream it. Pin it. Live it.




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