By December 30, 2015 6 Comments

resolution2Resolutions can make a big difference in your life – even if you don’t do a perfect job sticking with them. And resolutions aren’t just for January. They work in August, or September or whenever you apply them.

Powerful changes tomorrow start with positive choices today.

Which of these nine choices will rise to the top for you?

9 Resolutions Worth Making

1. Cut Others Some Slack

Say “yes” to being offended less and reserving your anger for issues that really matter.

2. Cut Yourself Some Slack

When you mess up, drop the ball or let people you care about down, do what you can to make it right, but be quick to move on and show yourself the same grace you extend to others.

3. Read More Good Books

Leaders are readers. Life-changing wisdom lies in wait on the pages penned by some of humanity’s great minds. All you have to do is take the time to read them. Here’s 26 Choice Books For You.

4. Spend More Time in Conversations that Matter

If you’re not intentional about regularly engaging in deeper conversations — ones that challenge you intellectually, spiritually and socially — those types of talks can become increasingly rare.

5. Challenge Your Own Presuppositions More Often

Being able to take a stand for what you believe is an admirable trait. So is listening to the other side and putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Even if you don’t end up changing your position on an issue, questioning your own long-held presuppositions doesn’t just serve to challenge your beliefs—it can actually strengthen them.Resolutions

6. Complain Less and Do More

Complaining about something can offer momentary relief from frustrations, but working on solutions to the problems in our world can actually fix the things that are broken.

7. Spend Less Time Worrying

Author and activist Corrie ten Boom said in The Hiding Place, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

8. Pray More

No matter how busy you become, committing to spend more time praying—even if it’s during your commute, when you’re working out or throughout your day—is a key to growing spiritually.

9. Share More Meals with People You Care About

Open your heart and your dining room and use these shared moments to build deeper relationships.

APPLICATION: Thoughts courtesy of Jesse Carey, an editor at RELEVANT. What are your choices? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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