Turning New Year Resolutions into New Year Routines

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Someone made a joke saying, “May your troubles be as long as new years resolutions”. How many New Year’s resolutions have you made in your life? How many have you successfully accomplished? The estimate is that less than 10% of New Year’s resolutions are actually achieved (University of Scranton Psychology Professor John C. Norcross, Ph.D.). According to researcher John Norcross and his colleagues, who published their findings in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, approximately 50 percent of the population makes resolutions each New Year. Among the top resolutions are weight loss, exercise, quit smoking, better money management and debt reduction.

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New year does not do anything in you, even though it changes your calendar. The change in calendar does not create change in character. New year resolutions inJanuary that are focused more on what you need to do instead of determining who you want to be will fall flat on their face by February. Set a goal TO BE, not just TO DO. If we don’t do that then we end up looking forward to new start on our old habits.

To see lasting change in our life we must focus more on ROUTINES than RESOLUTIONS. Jesus was always interested in creating a lifestyle of faith instead of just leaps of faith. For example, many miracles that happened in the gospels, happened to people who had great moment of faith but the same people were not found in the book of Acts. Then there were disciples who seemed to always struggle with their faith but they shook the world. Disciples were building a LIFESTYLE, while the rest of the people had LEAPS of faith.

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Change in lifestyle requires changing our habits and you don’t need to wait till January 1 to do that. Duke University researcher in 2006 found that more than 40 percent of the actions people performed each day weren’t actual decisions, but habits. “All bad habits start slowly and gradually and before you know you have the habit, the habit has you” Zig Ziglar. Changing your habits is painful and slow process. “Habits are like a cable. We weave a strand of it everyday and soon it cannot be broken” Horace Mann. Bad habits are like comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.

When creating new habits you must remember the 21/90 rule. It takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle. Many people quit to soon before they see their new routine turn to habit and then into lifestyle.

It’s important to start small. Start with reading 1 chapter a day. Start with praying 15 minutes a day. Start with doing 10 minute exercise. Start with cutting off the sweets. Start with one day fasting. Small things make big difference. Make sure to add a bit of fun/reward to those decisions. So that you don’t wait till the end of the year to experience the reward. Many new year resolutions fail because they are not specific and not realistic.

Stick with those decisions till the end. Break the spirit of quitting over life. Decisions have to be like the postage stamp, stick to the letter until it arrives at its destination. Stick with those routines until they become a lifestyle. Not only that will change your life but also your character.

What are some routines you are wanting to create in the next year? 

This blog was written by Vladimir Savchuk.

Pastor Vlad is the lead pastor of Hungry Generation Church, an author of “Break Free” and “Single, Ready to Mingle” and a founder of free online school “Vlad’s School.” To download free e-books, sermon series, small group study guides go to vladimirsavchuk.com

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  1. God bless you Pastor Vlad!! I am so blessed by the word of God and revelations that God brings out through you. Go ahead and get more from Him and share with us.

  2. Pastor. Vlad. Many thanks for your inspiring write-ups. They have blessed. Also, this epic- ‘ new year routines, and not resolutions.’ God bless.

    Please, Pastor, Vlad. I reside in Canada and I haveva 2 and a half year old daughter who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in April 2017. I have been praying and there have been improvements. But I want God’s wholeness for my daughter. Do you mind also calling in to pray with us. My contact is +1 6043558231. I am on study permit in Canada and the devil tried me with this situation, but I know that through God, my daughter has her wholeness.

  3. Thank you Pastor Vlad. I pray and plan to work on myself into the new year. God gave me His peace this 2018, and it got disrupted when my attention was now focused on man instead of Him. I have to get back on track now.

  4. Hello pastor Vlad thank you for the price you have paid to be used by God so mightyly in your youth. WE NEED your anointing in this country and hungre. May God fill his children up in this country with the fire of the Holy Spirit. Please pastor I want to attend your Holy Spirit conference coming up but I’m far away pray that God allow me to attend. My Son and I.

    Happy New Year!!

  5. I’m always greatly blessed with pastor Vlad’s preachings. I’m from NY and I’m dying to go to the yearly conference. I’m seeking God’s direction on this! 😊

  6. Hi Vlad, thank you for this post. It makes so much of sense. It’s wonderful how you bring the point home to us.

    God’s work of deliverance began in my life end of Aug 2018, I had been ill for 9yrs. He is still delivering me. It looks like a process. I want to have a lifestyle of spending time in study of God’s word, fasting and prayer and journaling what God teaches me. My faith was attacked the most even before I fell sick. I desire this year to be a year of restoration.

    I want to be completely be delivered from the condition I have. Praying for God’s will and provision if He wants me to come for April conference. I’m from India, and if it’s God’s will, then only God can help me get Visa as I am not employed and am single. Waiting on God and surrendering to Him.

    2019 be a blessed year for you, family and Hungry Generation church.

    I recently completed reading “Break Free” bible plan and have been following your YouTube channel, so blessed by it. Praise God for all that He is doing.

    Best regards. Jyoti

  7. Thank you for the message 🙂 Greetings from Latvia (Europe Union) I am so happy I found Hungry Generation videos on YouTube

  8. In 2017,the spirit of God told me that He is working upon the youth of this generation that his anointing will be so great with them that evil and wickedness of the wicked cannot stand them. He said I should for hunger for God amongst the youth. I was so excited because that has been my desire. Unknown to me that the move is on. A week ago I came across your vedeo messages and I exploded. God is awesome and his word never fail. Thank God for you. Pls remain humble because you are equipped for the glory that is to revealed. Remain blessed

  9. Pastor Vlad, I can’t thank God enough for connecting me to this ministry.. This was a timely word for me today, a great start to my day! My husband & I are doing a book study on “Fight Back” and we are so encouraged by it. Thank You, looking forward to more!

    Happy New Year and blessings in Jesus Name..

  10. Pastor Vlad, I can’t thank God enough for connecting me to this ministry.. This was a timely word for me today, a great start to my day! My husband & I are doing a book study on “Fight Back” and we are so encouraged by it. Thank You, looking forward to more.
    Happy New Year and blessings in Jesus Name..

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