How To Begin Again In 2010

It's 2010.

New Year.

New possibilities.

Many of us will be making resolutions today for the new year — and many of us have already made those resolutions. And for most people, those resolutions will be broken before the calendar changes to February.

But that doesn't have to be the case for you.

Knowing that most people break their resolutions is not a good reason for not even trying, is it?

For me, resolutions represent hope and aspiration. I applaud everyone making resolutions; and I challenge you to stick with them! Change can happen, and does; it is possible for you to stick with your resolutions. The real question is: will you?

Here are mine — a simple list, but high-leverage…

Ray's 2010 New Year's Resolutions

  1. Love God.
  2. Love others.
  3. Create value.
  4. Create happiness.
  5. Be here now.
  6. Clean up messes.
  7. Simplify.

How about you? What are yours? Post them below — or post a link to your own blog entry.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Hey Ray,

    I did a post a while back about how I do my goal setting. I liked the webinar you did this week explaining your process so I've added to this since then. But here it is.

    My resolutions are mostly spiritual this year. “Seek ye first the kingdom…” Got to go with first things first 🙂 Being a new father I have more motivation and drive to work hard than every before. I'm excited about this new year and invite the challenges.


    • Seth

      Thanks for the comments – and yes, that “seek ye first the kingdom” thing goes a long way toward aligning all the other priorities.

  • TechMike

    Ray, it's a great list. I used it as an outline on my blog post today, which will be followed shortly by a formal launch of a series of books to help churches thrive.
    The book was in the works 7 years, but this year the series and the seminar come off the hard drive in into the marketplace!

  • Look for the silver lining.

    Give others the benefit of the doubt.

    Be slower to judge.

    Listen more and talk less.



  • Look for the silver lining.

    Give others the benefit of the doubt.

    Be slower to judge.

    Listen more and talk less.



  • petercane

    Hey Ray, you can practice being here now while you clean up your messes!
    Presence is a challenging goal to maintain.

    I've only one resolution–

    To obliterate my constant procrastination and goal avoidance.

    • It's weird, isn't it – that “being here now” seems to take effort!

  • jwellsy

    In May of 1967 MLK quoted Dante saying “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality”. In that spirit I'll share my true resolution. This next year, I think that the world will continue undergoing changes of Biblical proportions. In Matthew 24:10 Jesus talks about the last days and said “many shall be offended,and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” Are you offended by the educational and justice systems, feel betrayed by politicians and the media, and hated by the pundits? I am. Therefore, my resolution is to prepare spiritually and physically for some very trying times.