I’m sure by now you have been planning a whole series of what we like to call “New Year’s Resolutions.” Maybe you want to get in shape, lose weight, or get that pesky family budget under control. Maybe you’re dreaming of finally giving up that nasty habit that has been plaguing you for years. The sad reality is that experts tell us that we don’t keep about 90% of the resolutions we make. Resolutions just don’t work.
Let me take this New Year’s Day to suggest a different approach. Why not just count to 14. After all, it’s 2014. Instead of Resolutions, make a list of the 14 reasons you’re excited about this New Year. I tried this approach for the first time last year and it was a refreshing change from the regular resolutions route. Make a list of 14 things that you’re looking forward to in the next 12 months. Your list can include personal goals, events, & activities that will happen during the year.
Here’s a look at a few of the items from my 2013 list…
1. Finally paying off a student loan debt.
2. Attend an important ministry conference.
3. Riding in a 50-mile bike event.
4. Celebrating our 34th Wedding Anniversary.
5. Our youngest getting his learner’s permit.
6. Attending an MLB game at a Ballpark I’ve never been to before.
7. Celebrating with close friends who are becoming grandparents for the first time.
8. Seeing what we owe on our home mortgage drop below $xxxxxx.
As you can see, some of the items on my list for 2013 were not goals or things I had to accomplish. I included experiences and events that would happen irregardless of my involvement. These items on my list were spread out over the course of the entire year! It was enjoyable to revisit this list several times throughout the year to see how the year was unfolding.
I’m creating a new list for 2014 even as I prepare to post this first blog entry of the New Year. What should be on your list for 2014? And if you don’t want to stop at 14 items, go for it. After all, you are the master of your list. Make it distinctively yours.
Starting from Day One,
Live The Red,
Question: What 14 things are you excited about in 2014? Why?