We make New Year's resolutions because the majority of us want this year to be better than the last.
All of us have goals; however, statistics tell us that only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions. People who reach their goals understand that change is necessary to success.
Our willingness to change is essential to fulfilling our goals.
Writing down a resolution is the first step, but it can only become a reality when we take action. Taking specific action is what successful people habitually do, while unsuccessful people only occasionally take action. Author and pastor John Maxwell said, "People and rubber bands have one thing in common: they must be stretched to be effective."
We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
Jesus said in Luke 5:37-38 (NKJV), "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved." Jesus makes it very clear that in order to experience new things, we must let go of the old. In other words, we cannot take new ideas and concepts, and put them into an old system.
We cannot do the same thing and expect different results; we must change.
People resist change for many reasons, including pride and fear. Pride says, I don't need to change. Pride is a killer because it's a know-it-all attitude, and none of us know it all. Fear says, I'm afraid to change. Fear is deadly because it paralyzes and hinders people from fulfilling their dreams.
Andy Stanley, founder of North Point Ministries said, "If you don't conquer your fear, you are going to miss out on some great things in life."
When God instructed Moses, Joshua, David and Jahaziel to do certain tasks, it was uncomfortable for them. Nevertheless, he told them not to be afraid. Likewise, we too must conquer the fear of change.
Two more reasons that people don't change are stubbornness and laziness. Stubbornness says, I will not change. An unwillingness to change is a recipe for failure.
Every aspect of our lives requires change in order to succeed.
Changing our beliefs, our thinking, our attitude, and even our friends are some of the changes that are a part of life. Any business, church, marriage, or individual experiencing any type of success is no accident. It's because they are willing to change.
Laziness says, it's too hard to change. Successful people do not allow their feelings to control their lives. Often, people find it difficult to change because we are creatures of comfort. Change is not easy and that's why people often resist it.
Changing our life is only possible if we change the way we think. The way that we think will affect the outcome of our life. If a person chooses to think bigger, positive, optimistic, and creative, they will have a brighter future.
In 2014, what changes do you need to make to guarantee that it will be a better year?
-- Marlando Jordan is associate pastor at Word of Faith Center in Kennewick. Questions and comments should be directed to editor Lucy Luginbill in care of the Tri-City Herald newsroom, 333 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, WA 99336. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.