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The S.M.A.R.T New Year’s Resolution - by A.B.King

   Once upon a time on the 1st of January, as is the custom in most Christian churches there was a service held on the first day of year.   Today, in the children’s church on this special day; the Children’s church teacher asked them to write their new year’s resolution on a piece of paper, hold it up in their hands and promise themselves that they would be faithful to fulfilling their new year resolutions all through the new year, then they should put the piece of paper in their pockets.   Surprisingly, little Jimmy doesn’t do as instructed while all the other kids in Sunday school do it.The Sunday school teacher asked him why he didn’t do it, and little Jimmy said that the reason he is not doing what she said he should do is that he has tried to keep new year’s resolutions before and he had always failed no matter how hard he tried and so he had made up his mind not to make any more new year’s resolution at the beginning of every year just like the rest of the kids in Sunday school.   Then the Sunday school teacher asked little Jimmy a bit confused, “But everyone else here is pledging to keep their new year’s resolution?”   “That’s not true”, little Jimmy answered. “They are only writing things down to impress you. I’m just the only one being real. Nobody here is into new year resolutions.”   The Sunday school teacher asks all the kids if it’s true and she ends up finding out that it is true, except for one little girl who indicates that it is not true in her case.   The Sunday school teacher smiled, tapped the little girl on her shoulder and said, “You go girl.”Little Jimmy just blurted out that she was lying. But the little girl boldly speaks up and says that she’s not lying, that it is just that she knows that she should always keep trying and never give up. She said that her Dad told her that giving up is not part of the lifestyle of a winner and the life that God has called her to live is the life of a winner.   The Sunday school teacher smiled and said, “Good point.” She then looked at little Jimmy as if asking him if he was satisfied with the answer that she gave. And little Jimmy nodded his head in agreement and then said, “Cool.”   The Sunday school teacher then says that she would like to tell everyone in the class a little secret and that after that they might just change their minds about new year resolutions.She told them that the secret is that A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION MUST BE A S.M.A.R.T RESOLUTION OTHERWISE THE PERSON WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP IT.   One of the kids raised up his hand and asked, “What is a S.M.A.R.T resolution?”“I’m coming to that”, the Sunday school teacher replied.Then she began to break down S.M.A.R.T and what every letter in the acrostic in this case stood for.
   The “S” stands for SIMPLE.   Our new year’s resolution should be simple. We shouldn’t write down something that is too hard for us to do.   The “M” stands for MEASURABLE.   Our new year’s resolution should be something which we can measure. We should be able to tell if we are increasing or decreasing, moving forward or moving backwards, succeeding or failing in fulfilling our new year’s resolutions.   For example, if your new year’s resolution is to save a lot of money in your piggy bank. That is an un-measurable resolution because “a lot” is rather vague and could mean many different amounts of money. However, if you choose a specific amount and say that this year your new year’s resolution is to save 60 dollars in your piggy bank you have make your new year’s resolution measurable. Now you have a definite target and you know that when you are closer to 60 you are closer to completely succeeding in fulfilling your new year’s resolution unlike before when it was vague and even if you were closer to 60 or past 60 you still wouldn’t know if you should say that you are closer or further away from making a lot or not.   The “A” stands for ACHIEVABLE.   Our new year’s resolution should be Achievable.   In other words, we shouldn’t make new year resolutions like, “I would read every single book in the biggest public library in my city this year” or something like, “Even though I am only 12 years old I would become the President of my country this year.”   We should have achievable resolutions like, “I would improve my grades and become an A student this year” or “I would read a minimum of 12 pages of a book every single day this year.”So our new year resolutions should be Achievable with the available resources we have or the resources we are able to attain.   The “R” stands for REALISTIC.   Our new year’s resolution should be realistic.   We shouldn’t make new year resolutions like,”I will have Super Hero powers this year, and I would fly around the city doing the job of the police that nobody asked me to do.”   The “T” stands for TIME – BOUND.   Our new year’s resolution should be Time – Bound. Which means that they should be something that we set a time frame within which we should achieve them so that we won’t spend too long or forever trying to achieve them if the resolution is not something we want to start to do and continue to do for the rest of our lives if it is reasonable to do so.
   Then the Sunday school teacher asked the kids, “Do you feel like you can now take on your new year resolutions?”   “YESSSSS!!!” all the kids shouted. They then pulled out their pieces of a paper from the pockets and made corrections to their new year’s resolutions so that their new year resolutions would be S.M.A.R.T new year resolutions. That way they can be sure to fulfill it.   “And remember kids”, the Sunday school teacher continued, “use these same principles to make new year resolutions even when you are older. And just so you should know early, even those who don’t make new year resolutions should have new year’s goals. Whether you call them new year resolutions or new year goals, your new year goals should be S.M.A.R.T.And S.M.A.R.T would always stand for the same thing.”
The End.

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