Why Your Resolutions Always Fail

I’m never lacking on admirable intentions or lofty goals but somehow my resolutions have a tendency to fall flat on their face. I’m fairly successful with behavior modification resolutions like sleep, improving health, or staying organized but those serious life changes are a different story.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

I blame job interview questionnaires for bringing this question into our consciousness but when we make life changing resolutions this is what we are really trying to answer. They are the means to an end.

The problem with this perspective is found in the 3rd word. You.

Take a look at James 4:13-17

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring… Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.


See the problem? It’s my plan and my vision. I rush out in front of God and find myself in a mess then turn to Him and ask, “Why aren’t you blessing this?”

The question to I’m faced with is not how to keep my resolutions but-

Are my resolutions reflecting my selfish desires or my submission to a Divine God?

Which brings me back to one of my favorite and most difficult verses of the Bible,

“seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

Jesus addressed this to “O you of little faith”, yep He’s talking to me.