The Downside of Resolutions

You’ve heard the statistics.

Roughly 40% of Americans start the year making resolutions. The most common of which center around losing weight, budgeting more effectively and spending more time with family.

I’ve made countless resolutions in my lifetime.

Read more. Study more. Learn a new skill. Be a better leader. Do this or do that.

But unfortunately, there is another often quoted statistic related to resolutions.

8% of people actually follow through on their resolutions.

It’s a running joke now that local gyms fill up for the first 3 weeks of the year, only to empty out by February.

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with making resolutions. I think it is imperative that we acknowledge as people, and especially as leaders, where we need improvement to move to the next level. I think self-assessment is a necessity if we are going to lead to the best of our ability.

But resolutions don’t change the world. Actions do.

When the founding fathers got together and wrote the Declaration of Independence, that is not what made them free. Yes, it identified their reasoning. It was something that the colonists were able to rally behind. But It was defeating the British super-power in the Revolutionary War the brought freedom.

Resolutions can help set the trajectory of our intentions, but they do not make those intentions a reality.

That’s where work comes in. That’s where the nitty-gritty comes into play.

Sweat Equity is the currency of our dreams.

You can make all the resolutions in the world. You can make the greatest plans and have the most vividly crafted vision for your life and Student Ministry. But if you’re not willing to put in the work to make it happen, it will always be just a dream. Just a thought. Just a resolution.

Set your resolutions. Develop the vision for where you want your Student Ministry to go. Identify what you want to become as a group. Present that vision, instill that vision discuss that vision.

But don’t for a second believe that vision alone will make it happen.

It’s going to take work. It’s going to take commitment. It’s not going to be easy.

But Godly Vision + Work = Success.

And that is what changes the world.



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