The main reason why people do not stick to their new year’s resolutions is the simple word “PAUSE”.
The pause before jumping in is the first pause that has been ignored. If you don’t give enough consideration to the change you are asking of yourself, it usually means you aren’t that committed.
“I am interested in losing weight, eating better, being less stressed…” I am interested in a lot of things, but interest never changed anybody. It is too common, the idea of making a huge decision, in the space of a a few days, but if we really consider the kind of thought we have given the decision, all too often it is a few minutes.
It should be a more thought out process. I love the 60 Day Turnaround, because we talk for 90 minutes about why we should do it, we absorb the information out of an understanding of the difficulty of the undertaking, then 95% stay committed and life change happens. We should consider any big decision with a similar level of concern.
The second place where we should pause, is the point at which we make the first momentary decision, perhaps even an urgent one, but one that really has little value, and in that moment, we let the momentary urgent decision, kill our commitment. I really enjoy teaching from an Andy Stanley sermon from years ago.
The gist of said sermon – there is a cumulative value to the constructive things in life… good diet, exercise, skill development, relationships. There is no cumulative value to the small urgent things that pull us away. There is a cumulative impact of neglect. There is no way to urgently hurry up the things that matter most, they all take time – diet, exercise, relationships, skill development.
So, stay committed. My commitments are greater than my feelings in this moment.
60 Day Turnaround – January 23rd. Free to everybody to come to night one, registration required after that.
Be well and be blessed! - Dr. E