Start Your Year…Resolved!
During January 2018 I’m writing a series of articles that begin with the phrase ‘Start your year…’
I will be offering some thoughts on how to start your year well. Not just another resolution or goal, but something deeper. Rather, new attitudes to adopt to experience your best over the coming year.
This week, it seems, is a great time to start with the word ‘Resolved.’ Again, not a ‘resolution’ or a ‘goal,’ but the attitude of being ‘Resolved.’
Definition: “firmly determined to do something.”
Do you know anyone who just can’t stick with it? They’re indecisive. You know, someone who exudes defeat even before the challenge begins. Every so often as a coach and pastor I come across folks like this. Good people who just feel defeated. People who have become indecisive; who start lots of things and finish almost nothing. People who are just not resolved to getting things done. More often than I’d like to admit . . . I’ve been this person myself. Haven’t you been this person as well? Well, neither of us has to stay there. There is a fix. It’s a new attitude. The attitude of being resolved. Determined.
I love the definition above, especially, the two conjoined phrases. First, the phrase, ‘firmly determined.’ Then the second phrase, ‘to do something.’ The first phrase is the attitude of determination or resolve! This is where we start. We must develop this attitude in our lives. This is something we become. I believe determination and resolve are something we learn and develop. They are attitudes we are not born with. Before we ever get to the second phrase; before we ever deal with what we want to do, we have to become people of determination and firm resolve. That leads to the question, ‘how?’ How do you become a person of resolve?
Three ways to develop your personal resolve:
- Invite Accountability! People of resolve are rarely lone rangers. People of resolve are people in community with others. True accountability is invited not imposed. Find someone you trust and invite them to hold you accountable as you develop this new attitude. Check in with them regularly. Be honest.
- Chunk it! Break up this attitude change into small pieces, small chunks. Instead of trying to make a massive change all at once, make a series of small changes along the way. Count your victories in daily doses, and watch the attitude become a part of you.
- Review it! Take some time at the end, or the beginning, of each week to review your progress. Ask yourself where you showed greater resolve during the last week, and where you didn’t. Over time, ask yourself if you can see a greater sense of resolve being developed? Then keep after it! Let that attitude become you!
Your attitudes define you. You can choose your attitude. You decide to be resolved or not. You decide to be positive or not. You decide. It’s on you.
What is your decision?
This is a great time to get some help with changing or establishing new attitudes. I have several open spots available for coaching. The first step is to sign up for a FREE ‘Discover Coaching’ call. During the call I’ll explain coaching, we’ll get to know each other, and together we will discover what you would like to accomplish through coaching. Then I’ll develop a proposal and we’ll get started! Sign up here: Discover Coaching!
Your friend and coach, Rich
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