I was recently reading an article where the author talked about not making resolutions, but instead focusing on real solutions. That has stuck with me, during this two week-ish break. I really do want REAL solutions in 2015. No more dreaming and not taking the steps, no more excuses, no more adding entirely new notions to a resolution list… when I have other things in my life that require real solutions. I need to own the problems and difficulties, and honestly ask myself… what is the real solution for this. Not the “ideal world” solution, not the “if things could be my way” solution, and definitely not the “if money was no object” solutions.
Truth this, none of that is a reality. It’s a fallen world. I will never get all things my way. And, money creates more problems than it generally solves.
The real solutions lie in looking at the big picture and the small picture. It involves action, research and progress. It involves prayer, accountability, and encouragement. It requires attainable steps, measurable success and more importantly it requires divine direction.
For example, my battle with weight. (Ah the cry of the women folk)
If I continue to only look at diet plans and exercise programs, I’m going to have some success. But, I won’t have measurable success, until I look for the real solution. That real solution lies not in my medication, exercise program or diet plan. The real solution lies in understanding my illness, trying to determine the triggers, looking to others who have walked this road before me & are healed, and actually doing all those things I keep saying I need to (like getting my allergy panel done).
Real solutions is not saying “I would like to” or “I need to” do something, it’s coming up with the action plan to get that momentum started.
Real solutions may take you outside of your comfort zone, and may require you to do and say things that are not pleasant … but need to be said.
Real solutions require….
REAL ownership of your life.
REAL accountability to others.
REAL action steps.
REAL timelines and deadlines.
… and the best part… Real solutions contain real HOPE.