Like it or not, The New Year brought with it lots of attention on improving ourselves with New Resolutions for this year. Personally, I always reevaluate myself every year; but typically after a while I'm like everyone else and fall back to my normal routine. Studies show that 4 out of 5 people break their resolutions. That doesn't have to be the case. God wants you and I to succeed in life. Matthew West tweeted yesterday, "New Year's resolutions fail when they start with words like 'I will' but they succeed wehen we ask for help and say 'With God's help, I will."
Here's something else that I want you to keep in mind. It sounds counter productive, but prepare yourself for the inevitable setbacks. You are human, and whatever it is you are trying to accomplish will get difficult. So when it does, don't give up as soon as you hit a wall. Just change your mindset when it comes to your goals. Instead of Interpreting a single mistake as a failure, think of it as a mere bump in the road that's part of the path to success. If your goal for this year seems a little daunting a good thing to do is to Set smaller goals or check points. It will make it more manageable if you break it into little chunks instead of trying to tackle the whole thing at once. You will be more likely to reach your longterm goals if you break it into several smaller ones. Have your family and friends join you. The buddy system will keep you inspired and challenge you a bit. If you have a friend who loves to run, and you are interested in beginning that person would be a great motivator and keep you accountible as well. Finally, don't forget to give yourself rewards when you do a good job. Celebrate yourself; you absolutely deserve it.