Your Hope & Future in 2011?

This week’s headline read “New Year’s Resolution: 84% Want To Find A New Job.” According to the article, “That’s up a staggering 24% from last year. The change comes largely from the fact that people seem to simply be disappointed with their current positions.”

What are your New Year’s resolutions, goals and hopes? 

Every year I start thinking about the coming year on Thanksgiving Day – appreciative for what I have been given – wondering what’s next. Are you wondering too?

We are not the only ones wondering and maybe wandering. Today I meet with three different clients – two are executives and one is a business owner. All three are looking for something significant to be different in their work and lives this year. I thought you might be interested to know what I am going to tell them.

7 Tips to Turn New Year’s Resolutions into Real Solutions.

  1. The solution to resolutions is programming. More than just planning, programming provides realistic action steps that lead to accomplishment of goals by predetermined dates with reward and recognition. Start now! List what goals you want to accomplish by when.
  2. Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes permanent. It is the practice of the right things that leads to right outcomes based on proven principles and skills everyday one-step-at-a-time. Remember: “If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always gotten.”
  3. Quit trying and start training. It’s not how hard you try, but how well you train. For example, “applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7)
  4. Put off and put on. Training for life change and a new you requires two decisions followed by continuous exercising: “with regard to your former way of life, put off your old self … be made new in the attitude of your minds; and put on the new self …” (Ephesians 4: 22-24)
  5. Turn yourself inside out. Real change begins on the inside. New and right beliefs lead to new and right decisions, which produce new, right and better outcomes. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
  6. Make yourself accountable. Ask someone your respect and trust to be an accountability partner to whom you report weekly. “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9) 
  7. Walk with God. He will hold your hand through the miracle of life change, even when you stumble. “When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.” (Psalm 37:24)

Set Goals That Are Worth Getting.

I cannot tell you how many people I have met who have climbed the ladder of success, only to discover it’s leaning against the wrong wall. They may have fame and fortune, but they feel alone and bankrupt. They may have recognition and rewards, and yet they mourn “is that all there is?”

Before setting any goals, invest time, money and effort to discover your purpose – the reason for your goals. Not only explore who you are, but also whose you are. There is only One Person Who writes history, because it is His story. That is why He says,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Just to get you started on hearing and following God’s calling you, read and write this online devotional, Your Hope & Future. Let me know what you discover.

Blessings for a great 2011, 
Brian Ray


  1. Great Advice….and Psalm 150…..Let everything that breathes praise the Lord..

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