We LOVE change. Unusual… we know.
There’s something about the transition into a new year, a new season or a new phase of life that’s especially exciting.
The idea of a fresh start breathes life into routines. What’s rote becomes revived. Momentum picks up quickly. The impossible seems possible.
It’s tempting to think the power of a new year is in new beginnings.
That’s part of it, for sure. But new beginnings don’t last. Ever.
So what will keep you moving when things are no longer new?
Once you begin something new — a new year, a new job, a new relationship — the focus shifts from new to move.
What comes after a new beginning can’t be sustained by the enthusiasm and excitement of getting started. Resolve that runs deep and works hard is required.
So is movement.
The movement that follows every new beginning is active and recreative. When it comes to new beginnings in the new year, this movement includes some combination of vision, purpose, pace, consistency, growth, and destination.
When you move, more movement happens. And in the wake of movement, new beginnings disappear.
To be honest, this is why we don’t make resolutions anymore.
We’re goal-oriented women, but lists of what to do and what not to do for a “better you” or “better life” don’t keep our interest. It might be one month or five (sometimes one week!), but eventually, boredom, frustration, busyness, or life interrupts our progress. Lists are left behind or lost, and dedicated movement stops.
This is our commitment to focus on one way we’ll build life well this year.
The pledge is personal. It’s about one thing.
We’re not telling you to nix yearly, monthly or daily goals. These keep you focused on what you need or want to get done. You’ll benefit from keeping this habit because it’s what makes your work and your everyday life successful.
Your personal pledge is different.
It will lead you to establish goals, plans, expectations, creative connections and everyday engagement that helps to live this one thing to the fullest. You may connect your pledge to work-related goals or to what you routinely do, but the pledge is — first and foremost — intended to deepen your awareness of who God made you to be.
Rather than an emphasis on accomplishment, a personal pledge makes the most of forward movement.
Achieving happens along the way. You just have to keep moving.
Paul brings this to light in Romans, where he openly shares his frustrations, shortcomings, mistakes and missed opportunities. Read chapter seven and you’ll see his struggle was real!
Paul knew from personal experience, where the mind goes, the man follows. He also knew the mind goes places, all day — every day!
When you get to chapter 12, he explains what kept him from staying stuck in his struggles. In Romans 12:1-2 (MSG, emphasis added), he writes:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.
Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:2, MSG, emphasis added)
Fix. Recognize. Respond.
This mindset was Paul’s plan to avoid the trap of doing what others do “without even thinking.”
Much like a pledge, Paul encouraged the believers in Rome to keep their thoughts set on God. He’d been there already, so he knew that corresponding actions and change would follow. He also knew God would use this process to bring out the best in each of them.
Paul was so confident this would work because he had worked through it already.
He knew what it was to respond to God quickly. This mindset kept him ready.
He was aware of God at work in his everyday life. This mindset kept him free from the trap of acting “without even thinking.”
He prayed consistently. This mindset kept him moving forward in his purpose.
Paul’s struggles were real. So when we get to this point in his letter, it’s like he’s saying, just make up your mind and keep moving!
We have to laugh, at least a little, because this is what we say to ourselves — all the time.
You’re with us on this journey, so we’re saying it to you too: just make up your mind and keep moving!
This is the key to your mindset makeover.
It’s also the reason we created the “2020 Personal Pledge.” We wanted to give you a way to do this too.
Now’s your chance to get in on the movement.
We’ve made up our mind.
Our 2020 Personal Pledge is set. (Visit us on IG to hear what we’re resolved to do this year.)
We’re moving forward.
Join us, and let’s build life well, together!