2016 is coming to a close, which means it’s time to look ahead to 2017 and dream.

Dreaming is fun. Everyone loves to imagine less weight, more muscles, less debt, or more money, and that’s what makes new years resolutions so exciting. The chance something we don’t like about yourself could change sends adrenaline through your veins.

No one loves to dream about the new year more than me, but I want to challenge you to do something different this year. I’m challenging you to throw away your stubborn philosophies and opinions. As a pastor and advisor I talk regularly to people who are unhappy with their life, but often suggestions or different ideas and philosophies are immediately shot it down. It’s confounding when someone who is unhappy tries to convince you their way is the right way, but you would be surprised how often we all do it.

How often have you been unhappy with your physical appearance or weight and someone who is in great shape suggests you should lift weights, but you respond with “No, I don’t want to lift weights. I don’t want to be too big I just want to lose some pounds.” I’ve been guilty of making that exact statement, #sodumb. I argue with someone who has the results I want to see in my life instead of taking their advice because I have an opinion. Why not make the decision to stop lifting weights after I’m too muscular instead of continuing to eat Krispy Kreme doughnuts afraid that lifting will make me more muscular than I want to be?

Everyone would agree you don’t want health advice from someone who is obese, financial advice from someone who is consistently broke, or marriage advice from someone on their 3rd marriage. But how often do you take advice from yourself? Are you really qualified to advice yourself? What kind of results has your advice produced so far?

As we enter a new year, what if you made the commitment to let go of your stubborn opinions and philosophies and form new beliefs based on the advice of someone who has seen the results you would like to achieve. It may not work, but it’s worth a shot.

Think about some key areas in your life that you would like to see different results:
How strong is your relationship with God? Do you need to throw away opinions and philosophies about church attendance?

How financially secure do you feel? Is it time to stop arguing about tithing and try it God’s way? Maybe credit cards aren’t a good idea?

How is your physical appearance? Is it time to let go of your unproven health opinions?

How hectic is your schedule? What if it is ok to tell your kids no?

How stressful is your home? How happy is your marriage? How depressed do you feel? Try it a different way this year, especially if it’s out of your comfort zone.

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