Imperfect Resolve

Dec 23, 2019

How excited are you to begin a new year?


Do you get that same feeling we do — that everything is possible as we turn the page to another January 1st?


Whether it’s a new goal or a renewed goal, our resolutions are made with a conviction that each one can and will be done this year, just as we envision.


But there’s always a catch.


Starting is the easy part. Resolutions require resilience. And to finish strong, resolutions require you to stick to your resolve.




Whether verbal or written, your resolutions depend on your ability to follow through to the end. 


Resolve is the basis for every resolution you actually accomplish in the new year. 


It’s the don’t stop, won’t stop conviction that gives you the power to dig in and not quit, especially when things get difficult.  


But at its core, resolve is an inner commitment — a relentless determination. A personal promise you refuse to break.


There’s no magic to resolve. It's the grit and gumption needed to stay the course — the kind of work that creates the right conditions for success.


Resolve is what turns resolutions into real solutions


But not all resolve is created equal.


The kind of resolve that gets you started is different from the resolve that keeps you going.


Basic resolve is what gets you going. You have to start somewhere, and this “put one foot in front of the other” kind of movement is exactly right for getting some things done. With basic resolve, you move by doing one to change something in your life.


In a very practical way, it’s like the treatment you use to spot-clean your carpet. A little basic resolve can go a long way to eliminate the easy-to-see issues. 


For example, you may struggle to keep track of all the moving parts in your schedule. If you find yourself constantly behind, looking for your keys, or throwing meals together at the last minute, you may need some basic resolve to put things in order.


Basic resolve is all about taking one next step that makes an impact right now. 


This could include organizing your closet or setting your clothes out for work the night before. It could also mean setting aside 30 minutes a week to coordinate schedules on a shared, family calendar. You might have to meal plan, wake up early to exercise, or delegate responsibilities more than ever before.


Whatever decision you make, the only way this works is to stick with the plan! Take one step every day. If you don’t, you’ll lose momentum and end up in the same situation… and all before January ends.




Basic resolve is great for many issues in life, but if you’ve ever spilled a smoothie or creamy pasta sauce on carpet, you know some issues require more than spot-treatment. Some issues require deeper (and harder) work to remove lingering odors and discoloration.


The same is true in life. 


Proverbs 24:16a (ERV, emphasis added) gives us insight into the power of deep resolve.


Good people might fall again and again, but they always get up


In one phrase, we discover what it takes to address issues that run deep. It’s not intelligence, the right equipment, connections, or grand commitments.


Deep resolve is the practice of always getting up when you fall.


We know. The idea is simple. You’ve probably heard it before. 


But simple doesn’t mean easy.


Resolutions feel good. You make a strong start. Momentum is easy to maintain. 


But then you snooze too long one, two, maybe even three days in a row. You make a mistake in your scheduling and miss a goal. You overcommit, again. You disappoint someone. You disappoint yourself. Someone lets you down… maybe even takes you down. And then there are those moments where life takes an unexpected turn, and you’re thrown down.


The harder the fall… the more often you make a mistake... the more difficult it becomes to always get up.


This is when your resolve is tested and proven.


Each time you adjust... tweak... improve... and move, you activate your resolve. This keeps you moving in the direction of your commitments. Your resolve builds your confidence, strength, and faith in yourself.


When you resolve rises, you always get up




We’re proposing a new type of resolve for the new year: the resolve to build life well. 


This resolve is based on your long-term investment. You may experience short term gains, but the goal is to see this impact your life in a way that changes how you live.


The resolve to build life well embraces imperfections, expects to make mistakes, and prepares to always get up. It’s patient. The work is done with focus, discipline and a get-back-up resolve that just won’t quit. 


If you struggle with the idea of falling or making mistakes, consider this your personal permission slip to be okay with it. We’ve been there and know it’s part of the process.


You may not fall far. You may not fall hard. But… you will fall. 


And YOU CAN get back up. Again and again.


We know you will.


You have the resolve to keep moving, and we have a tool to help. It’s called the 2020 Personal Pledge.”


It’s one idea, one focus, one commitment to help you set your resolve and begin a step by step, brick by brick, decision by decision process to see it through. This takes time, energy, intentionality… and the willingness to get up every time you fall. 


Whether it’s a year of spot-cleaning, deeper treatments, or both, know this: You can be resolved to see your resolutions become real and lasting solutions for your life. 


You have what it takes to do this! 


Be resolved to always get up and to always build life well. 


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