Brent Maze: Resolving to beat goals in 2020


It’s time for New Year’s resolutions!

Yes, that is the many of us will take the time and say we are going to do this, this and this by the end of the year. We’ve heard many of them. It could be something: I’m going to lose weight this year. I’m going to spend more time with my family. I’m going to read more books. I’m going to change careers.

Those are great resolutions, but the problem is, or at least for me, is that those resolutions go by the wayside a few days into the year. That’s the reason why January is a big month for gym memberships. Many folks start strong in January, but by February, most of them can’t even find their key card to access the gym.

I’m not criticizing anyone for that. I’m as guilty as they come. Breaking the new action into the daily routine is difficult. I’m proud of everyone who has successfully kept your resolutions all year in 2019, but I think resolutions aren’t the best way to do it.

I know my biggest problem is that there are a lot of things that I say I want to do, but then I never follow through on it. When that’s happened, it’s because the goal hasn’t been clear or the plan hasn’t been either thought through or managed properly.

It’s the difference between failure and success. When Jesus was talking to the multitudes about following him, he always told us to count the cost and then take up our cross to follow Jesus.

And it’s something that has to be done every day, not just taking up our cross, but counting the cost of that.

The same is true of making resolutions in our lives. I can’t just say I want this or that without understanding what it takes to get there.

For instance, if I say I want to lose weight this year, I can’t just name it and claim it. I have to do all the things it takes to lose weight. You have to eat more vegetables and little or no Little Debbies. Perhaps that means visiting a nutritionist or finding a nutrition plan you can live with.

I have to spend time exercising. Perhaps, it might even cause you to set a secondary goal of running a 5k so that it forces you to implement a daily regimen, and as I’m researching, there are legit plans to help you do that. It’s hard to exercise just to exercise.

That New Year’s resolution can’t be solved in one fell swoop. There may have to be a process to reach the end result to reach your success.

However, we all have to realize there will be setbacks. We miss our workouts. We have situations where we binge on cookies and ice cream. When that happens, we have to forgive ourselves and move on. Perhaps we have to refine our goals to get what we want.

So in 2020, I hope my vision is as clear as the year says it is on the goal. I wish you all the best as we begin a new year and decade.

Brent Maze is the publisher of the Appeal. Contact Brent at