Goals Versus Resolutions

Goals Versus Resolutions

This is the time of year when we hear about making New Year’s resolutions. We all need to improve and overcome things in our lives that we feel are bringing us down but the word resolution has no power to it.

A goal has a target while a resolution is just a hopeful change that requires no plan. We can resolve in our minds to make improvements, but until a plan is implemented all we have is a wish.

The first goal of the new year should be to not look back at last year’s failures unless we are using them as a springboard to victory this year. We shouldn’t look in the rear view mirror of regret beating ourselves up for missed opportunities. This year is beginning with a clean slate so we shouldn’t dirty it by bring last year’s mistakes onto the canvas.

Writing down clearly defined goals puts them in front of us with a plan. Write the vision and make it plain upon tablets that he may run who readeth it (Habakkuk 2:2). Writing down our goals puts our plan into action. We can make long term goals and then break them into smaller increments that are attainable. If we desire to lose ten pounds within three months, we can make that attainable by cutting portions in our daily diet, burning some extra calories by walking a few extra steps by taking stairs instead of the elevator and only having those choice desserts occasionally.

Reading the plan out loud imprints the goal into our brain and causes us to focus on the finish line. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith (Mark 11:23).

Staying positive and not condemning ourselves for past mistakes will help us continue in our quest for the finish line. We are not condemned by God so we have no right to condemn ourselves. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8:1).

Joel 2:25 says, And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. We can know that God will take our past mistakes and make victories from them if we will believe Him.

Use this year as a launching pad to greater victories than you have ever experienced before.

Happy New Year!




Barbara Latta About Barbara Latta

Barbara Latta’s desire is to help others find intimacy with God through a deeper understanding of the power of the Word. She writes a monthly column in her local newspaper and contributes to devotional websites and several anthologies. She is a board member of the East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers. Barbara posts on her blog.


  1. Barb, I liked your post! Yes, it takes our desires and wishes much deeper than just a resolution. The scripture verses were so on target with the message. Thank you.

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