Raise your hand if you’ve ever made and kept a New Year’s resolution for an entire year.
You probably can’t see them, but both of my hands are still at my side. I think it’s safe to say that unless it was for an elementary school essay assignment, I don’t think I’ve really ever made a serious New Year’s resolution. I don’t know why; I guess it’s just not something that was taught to be important to me. I generally think the concept is good, they just have gotten a pretty bad rap over the years with all the failed gym membership pursuits and whatnot..
Because I think the idea of setting a standard for yourself is a noble one, I’ve decided to try something this year. Instead of setting one goal for twelve months, I’ve decided to challenge myself to twelve goals, each lasting one month. Let me explain.
Instead of tossing up vague ideals like “I want to be better at ______ this year!”, I’m laying out practical things that I want to become habits in my life, by doing them every day for 29-31 days. If they stick around after that month, hooray! If not, I can look back to that month and remember if it truly was a good habit and work towards reintegrating it into my life.
For example, this month, the 31 days of January, I have decided to end each day by reading. I have a lot of books I want to read, but I have become such a horrible reader over the years. I have a hard time dedicating space for it and usually turn to a computer screen instead, but I want that to change. So, whether it be a chapter, a page, or a paragraph, I’m going to read every night this month.
I don’t have the other months planned yet, but another part of this challenge is going to be prayerfully asking the Lord what he wants from me and what distractions he wants me to get rid of. I’m looking forward to what future months will hold, both in new healthy habits, and a refreshed sense of intentionality.
During the month of November, Olivia from Simply Liv Blog set up a thankfulness challenge. Each day, we were challenged to notice and be thankful for the little things in our life. I think that’s what inspired this challenge in some ways. Having a focus for a month’s time is totally manageable and adds a layer of interest to each day. Like that challenge, I will be documenting this one on Instagram. Not every day, just here and there to keep me focused!
This is a challenge that i’m setting for myself, but you are more than welcome to join! I’ll be hashtaggin’ with #31daysofresolution (the number will change depending on the number of days in a given month:)