Yes, I do believe in these things. I think the reason most people fail is because they make resolutions without making a plan to keep them. But I learned in the first half of 2016 that if I make a plan, I can keep it. And I also know myself well enough to know that if I do these things at times when there is a natural ‘new beginning’, it gives me an added psychological impetus.
So, the Lord being my helper, here are my three 2018 New Year’s Resolutions:
Resolution #1: Get back down to 165 lbs by the end of February (I’m currently at 174).
Plan: use the same diet and exercise regime I used January to June 2016 when I succeeded in losing 52 lbs.
Resolution #2: Don’t buy any new books in 2018. Instead, read the dozens of unread books on my shelves.
Plan: sign out of my Amazon account and let Marci change the password! (Just kidding: she knows about this resolution and will help me stick to it! Although, come to think of it, it might not be a bad idea…)
Resolution #3: Each week, plan and implement new ways to love my neighbour as myself.
Plan: Pick a day of the week to journal about this (probably Saturday) and, having decided what to do, put it on the calendar. I need to do this because I’m very selfish and this is the command I (can you believe it?) get most bored with.