Encouraging New Year’s resolutions

new_year_resolutions useNew Year is a time to look back and review the past, and its a time to look forward. Its a time when many of us make New Year’s resolutions – plans to do things in the new year.

The trouble is our resolutions are often forgotten as January goes on, and we feel a little guilty that we didn’t stick at it!

The RC Archbishop of St Louis has some advice to help. “Research shows that making a resolution – as opposed to simply desiring a change – increases the likelihood of change by a factor of 10. Research also shows that writing down your resolution or speaking it out loud – as opposed to simply making it internally – increases the likelihood of sticking to it.”

Why not follow the Archbishop’s advice:

  •  form some resolutions,
  • write them down
  • and if you wish let someone know what they are.

Try it – see if that works!

Happy-New-Year-Live-every-minute-with-love-300x300Why not make one of your resolutions this year to do with your spiritual life. It may be about silence, prayer, attending public worship or care for others …

Keep it simple, but have a go!

Think and pray about your New Years resolutions and as you do have a look at the excellent suggestions of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, (click here.) They are sensible, down to earth and encouraging. Pope Francis has made a good suggestions too (click here).

Work out how you can progress on your resolutions, take small steps, and celebrate as you make progress.


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One Response to Encouraging New Year’s resolutions

  1. Paul says:

    Jonathan Sacks always makes so much sense, although to be honest I only ever really hear him on thought for the day on R4. The thing about his suggestions are they are all so “doable” yet so easy to forget to do, I for one am going to sign up and do my best to live his suggestions.
    First things first, Thank You God for Lord Jonathan Sacks and his common sense approach to living!

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