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10 Upside-Down New Years Resolutions

I love New Year’s Resolutions. Writing down my wide-eyed dreams for the next 365 days gives me great hope. But then, I hate New Year’s Resolutions. Because around the middle of April I realize just how pie-in-the-sky they really were.  resolutions pic

Take my recurring annual goal, “Get Organized.” I’ve learned it’s about as easy to accomplish as shoveling snow in the middle of a blizzard. At some point it’s more realistic to just toss the shovel and go sledding.

So what if we didn’t use our New Year’s Resolutions to overcome our weaknesses or achieve success? What if we, instead, flipped a few Resolutions upside down? I guarantee, you won’t have any trouble accomplishing them. 


With this in mind, here are my 10 hopes for you for at least one moment in 2016:

I hope you will be…

  1. MESSY     Because it will mean you were creative.

Take chances, makes mistakes, get messy! ~Ms. Frizzle, The Magic School Bus

  1. LONELY     Because it will drive you to make a new friend.

Loneliness is God’s gift that drives us into relationship and enlarges our hearts to love. ~Shana Schutte

  1. SAD     Because it will mean you allowed yourself to feel.

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

  1. IGNORANT     Because it will give you the desire to learn.

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. ~Pablo Picasso

  1. A MISTAKE-MAKER     Because it will mean you tried something new.

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” ~Albert Einstein

  1. WRONG     Because it means you get to say you’re sorry.

Apologizing is difficult because it requires humility. ~Renee Garfinkel

  1. NEEDY     Because it gives you the gift of asking for help.

Forget what you’ve been told–seeking assistance is the sign of a great leader. ~Lorie Corcuera

  1. BORED     Because then you might be inventive.

A little boredom breeds creativity. ~Steve Maxwell

  1. UNCERTAIN     Because then you will have to trust.

Uncertainty is crucial, it is God’s proving ground, a place of unparalleled character growth. ~Tom Avery

  1. WEAK     Because then you will see the power of God.

My grace is enough for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. ~God

When we turn our New Year’s Resolutions upside down, they become goals we can actually accomplish! And if we accomplish these, I have a feeling we’ll become people of deeper character, teachable, real, dependent on God, and full of love and empathy for those around us.

Here’s to a beautiful 2016.


4 thoughts on “10 Upside-Down New Years Resolutions”

  1. This is one of my favorites! I love sayings, quotes, and positive statements that promote hope. I have some on wooden boards on the wall in my guest room. One of them reads: “Don’t tell God that you have a big problem. Tell your problem that you have big God!”

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