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I’m sure by now many of us would have thought about or even have decided on a resolution to achieve something in 2011. This article is meant to give an insight into making a faith filled New Year.

It also shouldn’t come as surprise to us that the majority of us would have abandoned and even seen failure with resolutions by the end of January. In fact research indicates that 80% of us would have broken our resolves by January 31! Sadly only 5% of us would have continued in our quest to see through the resolution by year end. At the end of day when we prepare our New Year resolution, we are half-hearted about it. The major cause of failed resolutions is our expectation of success or level of confidence of achieving our objective. Simply put, if you expect to fail, it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy and if you have the confidence to succeed, you will achieve your goal 100% or close to it. So let’s keep this in mind trying to formulate our New Year resolution.

There is a key method that can be used for sticking to New Year’s Resolutions. They must be specific, measurable, and achievable, with a realistic and have a real deadline. If you are looking for building your spiritual life you should start 2011.

  1. To read the Daily Readings
  2. To say morning and night prayers
  3. To abstain from buying luxury goods, or to spend money frivolously
  4. To endure with, provide comfort to and pray for a loved one undergoing suffering
  5. To cease arrogant or condescending attitude
  6. To spend time with the elderly in nursing homes weekly or monthly
  7. To volunteer your time and effort at soup kitchens daily, weekly, monthly
  8. To restore our dented relationship with family members or friends or neighbors
  9. To bring about peace among dueling family members, friends or neighbors
  10. To practice, display and discuss my faith openly in public schools and institutions although they will attempt to silence me.

Keep a journal of your successes and failures. You will be spiritually stronger if you try. Monitor on a monthly interval to analyze progress and take corrective measures – don’t monitor weekly as over monitoring can cause exasperation and discourage you

Happy New Year and God Bless you and I hope you achieve whatever you set out to do.

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