Year’s resolutions are common, but are you able to keep yours? Most
surveys report resolutions are abandoned in the first month. Some in
the first week! God inspires us with hopes and dreams. He’s calling
each of us into a purpose. What if your resolution had something to do
with your life purpose? Would it have a deeper importance? If so, how
do you keep yours?
“But I have raised you up for
this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name
might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Ex. 9:15 NIV).
1. Change the word resolution to goal.
Too many people joke, disrespect, and denounce resolutions. The word
has become synonymous with failure.
2. Write down the giant overview of that goal. What’s the big picture?
Embrace what that goal looks like and feels like. Imagine yourself at
that point of success.
3. Break it down into monthly goals. This is the first step in making
your goal feel like it’s within your reach.
4. Break those monthly goals into weekly goals. Smaller steps walk you
closer than standing and staring from a distance.
5. Break those weekly goals into daily opportunities. Every day you
have the opportunity to make a choice. But often we don’t put our goals
into our daily lives, and then we don’t understand why we didn’t
6. Write the daily opportunities on your daily calendar or to-do list.
The difference between forgetting about it and getting it done is
planning to do it.
7. Go back over the goals and determine if any need additional research
or education. How will you work that need into your schedule? If you
don’t think about it, you’ll keep putting it off.
8. Put the additional research or educational needs into your daily
schedule. Yes, life gets in the way. If that
happens, reschedule as soon as possible. Don’t just let it slide by
9. Find a friend to trade accountability partnerships. Check in with
each other weekly at a set time.
10. Report truthfully to your accountability partner. Review both mini
successes and mini struggles with your partner.
11. Brainstorm and adjust your daily plan as needed based on your
12. Celebrate every successful step along the way to reinforce the
sense of reward for your effort. (Reinforcing reward builds confidence
and belief in the ability to achieve and succeed.)
Simple steps complete a more
complicated plan. You’ll be amazed at how far you’ve gone even a month
or two into your New Year’s resolution.
Here’s a simple recipe that
makes a big pot of soup. Perfect for a winter warm up after a cold day.
& Easy Egg Drop Soup
This is so easy and fun! My
favorite simple way to make Egg Drop Soup is to buy ready-made chicken
broth and start from there. But if you have chicken bouillon, it works
fantastic as well. Serves 4–8, depending on serving size.
cups chicken broth
1 heaping Tablespoon cornstarch
1–2 cloves of chopped garlic
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
Sprinkle of powdered ginger
2 eggs, beaten
4 sliced mushrooms
1 large fresh tomato, chopped
Chives for garnish, if you like
Pour 7 cups of chicken broth
into soup kettle, reserving one cup to mix with cornstarch. While broth
is heating over high heat, sprinkle in ginger, garlic, mushrooms, and
soy sauce. Mix the cornstarch with the still cold cup of broth. Whisk
until blended. Pour broth-cornstarch mixture into the kettle and
continue to stir well occasionally.
Beat eggs. Once broth has hit a
boil, lower heat slightly and stir to get a gentle current going in a
circle. The eggs will have a more flower-like look if they swirl gently
while cooking. Drizzle eggs in a steady but slow stream. Stir gently to
keep the current going in the kettle. Once all eggs are in the kettle,
add the chopped tomatoes. The trick is to add the tomato at the end so
it’s hot, but not overcooked. It adds tang to the soup. Egg Drop Soup
is a family favorite.
Recipe courtesy of Creative
Cooking for Simple Elegance.