Wendy R. Lebolt

mountain climber2 TSP 122415882Do you have a hard time sustaining the uphill climb that comes after making a New Year’s resolution? The key is to set yourself up to succeed.

  1. Ask: Whose goal is this? Have a chat with God; ask if your resolution is God’s desire for you as well as your desire for yourself.
  2. Ask at least one person to be your cheerleader and to keep you accountable.
  3. With your accountability partner or trainer, set a reasonable, attainable, and concrete goal. Then outline smaller steps to move toward the goal.
  4. Prepare before committing to a resolution. If healthy eating is your goal, clean out the junk food in your kitchen. If exercise is your target, schedule times and approaches to exercise; find some comfy walking shoes (a dog might help too).
  5. Give your course of action to God, and ask God to lead you.
  6. Schedule regular times to check in with your accountability partner. You will need honest feedback and loving motivation, not validation for your 100 excuses.
  7. Celebrate small successes.
  8. Don’t listen to the voice that says you will never succeed. Listen for God’s voice, and keep climbing.
  9. Celebrate the view from the top.
  10. Repeat next year.


In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

5-SECOND PRAYER: God, lead us closer to your dreams for us with each new year. Amen.

Wendy R. Lebolt is from Oak Hill, Virginia.

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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