The Q1 Personal Resolution Review

by Lee Buford on April 1, 2010

April Fool’s Day is upon us…it’s hard to believe the first quarter of 2010 is now in the books!

Many of you have probably been taking inventory and reviewing the results through the first three months of the year, at least where required in your professional lives. Companies, organizations, and groups of all sizes are tallying up the results and assessing the successes and failures. And in the current state of our economy this is not a celebratory process for many. In fact, there is and will be a lot of “spinning” going on in the days to come…those seeking to put a positive spin on not-so-positive results.

But what about you…I mean personally?

Did you set some goals for 2010, some “resolutions”? Did you make some commitments to family, friends, and colleagues? Did you make some promises to yourself?

I did. On December 31st I posted the following on Twitter and facebook (my 95-character resolution):

My 10-word resolution for ’10: Love God. Love Others. Pray. Seek kingdom first. Make Disciples

Obviously my “resolution” centered on my faith in Christ and my desire to be more like Him in 2010. I wanted to be more intentional in seeking Him and serving others in these areas throughout the year. I believed, and still do, that these were the most important areas in which I could focus my attention and efforts.

So how am I doing?

That’s the important question, right? Yes, in some regards it is. But perhaps even more important than the question itself is the fact that I’m actually asking the question…trying to evaluate my progress to date.

The tragedy in resolutions is that we rarely accomplish what we set out to do. In fact, we often don’t see our efforts through for even the first week, much less a quarter or a year. We are motivated and excited by a new year, a new beginning, and a new opportunity, but we quickly fall back into the trap of our old habits and routines that led to our desire to change in the first place.

So what’s the point here, right? The point is this: take some time today to look back and think about where you are in life…right now! Today! What needs to change? What needs to go? What’s keeping you from being the person God designed you to be?

And, just as importantly, what should you be celebrating? What progress has been made? What should you be giving thanks for today?

We all have opportunities…none of us are perfect, and we never will be this side of heaven! But rather than use that as an excuse, take an inventory of your current state, and put together a plan of action to deliver the desired results in Q2. There truly is no better time to do so!

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