Resolution Solution: Simple steps to setting your goals–Mind, Body and Spirit by Amia Freeman

Better health comes by simply moving at a steady pace that increases your heart rate.

Better health comes by simply moving at a steady pace that increases your heart rate.

While change is good, growth is better. When you grow in your understanding of what is best for you; mentally, physically and spiritually, success is the ONLY option! Rather than bore you with the mundane list of resolutions and the whys of the wise, I’d like to jog your memory and play a little game of who are you?

Question number one:
What’s the one activity you enjoy doing most that makes you laugh deep from within your belly? Did you know that there’s probably an exercise that mimics this? Maybe it’s dancing, double-dutch, hand ball, hanging out with your friends. Whatever, wherever, whenever the operative word here is ever; increasingly, continually, yet, still, always, it’s that simple. Better health comes by simply moving at a steady pace that increases your heart rate. Partner that with a healthy eating get-together to try new recipes and you’ve got a well rounded foundation for a healthier you. So round up your girls and go walking in the mall, go roller skating, find a recreation center with fitness classes or partner up and share the cost of a personal trainer.

Goal Support:

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (glorify God in body and spirit):
    Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
  • Proverbs 13:18 (discipline):
    If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept criticism, you will be honored. experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
  • Leviticus 7:23 (A low-fat diet):
  • Proverbs 23:1 (portion control):

Question number two:
Finish the sentence…when I grow up I want to be a…

Growing up doesn’t mean you have to forget your dreams. Too many of us lose sight of those dreams and justify it as, life got in the way. God gave you this life with a unique talent and purpose that only you can fulfill. He hasn’t forgotten that or you, so why should you. Your success in life has plenty to do with you fulfilling the plans He has for you. Translation – happiness. Your happiness in your success is not measured by what others expect of you, but what you expect of yourself according to what is pleasing to God. What you wanted to be has, in large, to do with the inherent characteristics God created you with. So what do you want to be when you grow up…?

Goal Support:

  • Philippians 4:7 (God’s peace…he uses this one to discuss stress management):
    If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Question number three:
What are you looking at?

-Vision is the ability to see beyond where the eyes can look-Miles Monroe

Every great organization, program, and idea has a vision. Have you ever tried writing down your vision? A written vision is simply the statement of where you’d like to get to. A Holy Spirit inspired vision is that thing in your belly that stirs up each time you realize His grace is upon you. It carries thoughts into plans and plans into action and action into fulfillment. Keep looking, when God plants a seed in you he begins to nourish the soil and a harvest is on its way. What are you looking at?

Goal Support:

  • Philippians 4:11 (Be content):
    Dear brothers and sisters, I love you and long to see you, for you are my joy and the reward for my work. So please stay true to the Lord, my dear friends.

Resolutions are like a roller coaster, one month up, one month down and if by chance you find yourself stuck in a line that won’t move you get out and go to the shortest line with the greatest thrill. Sure the flip in your gut that drives a thrust of excitement is amazing but when the ride is over, it’s time to get off. Now what? Instead of setting resolutions, establish a few goals to improve your mind, your body and your spirit.

Lay out your goals according to a simple plan. List 3 main targets under each category of mind, body, and spirit. Use the following layout to guide you…

Mind:
Body:
Spirit:

Whether your new goals are for better health, a sharper mind or a focused spiritual walk, each of the answers you have come up with will help you find your opportunities. The reason most resolutions fail is because they are established with an understanding of limits which translate into negative thoughts of “less, without, and flat out NO!” All you ever end up knowing how to do is what not to do. Instead, find the opportunities like great food, new found talents and eye-opening insight into everyday life. They begin when you discover yourself.

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.-John Maxwell

More Tools: Visit www.sparkpeople.com and download a free “31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions” calendar. This site offers a wealth of resources including an online fitness, nutrition and wellness tracking system. Membership is free.

In the meantime, enjoy life, live boldly and prosperity will find you.

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