3 Keys to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions-Part II

Yesterday I suggested the first thing you should do to ensure you keep your new year’s resolutions and achieve your goals in 2012 was to get them from the Lord in prayer.

Resolutions you dream up may be good ideas but those you get from the Lord carry a divine imprimatur.

The second thing you must do? Write them down.

There is something powerful in putting pen to paper (or words on your monitor). It takes the resolutions out of the spiritual realm and gives them an existence in the natural.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for. (Hebrews 11:1). Writing down the resolutions you get from the Lord gives them substance. It’s the first step of a resolution becoming a reality.

I’ve always loved Habakkuk 2:2: “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets that the one who reads it may run.” I know its a bit of a butchered interpretation, but I’ve read this to mean that writing down the vision motivates people to achieve it. Even if this is not exactly what this scripture means, it’s certainly true.

Writing down your goals engages your integrity and makes you accountable to your conscience. It creates a firewall against doing nothing and that’s the first step toward doing something. Every achievement begins with a first step.

So, write it down.

Next: How to get the ball across the goal line. GS