The one word resolution that changes everything.

January 2, 2015 2 Comments by Josh Schlotterbeck

As 2014 came barreling to a close I, like you, began staking stock of all that has changed this year; and I began establishing my goals for 2015.  Usually we call these goals for the New Year Resolutions.

Ya know; I RESOLVE TO _____________ in 2015.

Here is a list for the top 10 Resolutions on Jan 1 2014.

Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family

Some are specific, most are general.  I mean, really…I RESOLVE TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!?  What does that even mean?  I’m sure that train gets derailed real quick when the lay off comes, or the medical bills show up.

Of the45% of Americans that make New Year’s Resolutions on 8% are successful in their resolutions.   I believe that there is a gap between our resolutions and their realization.  It is described best as one word.

It’s the one word resolution that changes everything, and it’s my resolution for 2015: Discipline.  

Discipline isn’t a list of activities, or a system of processes.  Oh how I wish it were.

I love to-do lists.  I can make a fierce to do list.  In fact; I have lists for everything: housework, books to read, daily tasks, dreams, expectations, prayers to pray, etc.   You have lists too.  You may not write them down, or even verbalize them but you have them.  Did you make a resolution?  Do you have expectations? You’ve got lists, and goals, and resolutions. But that doesn’t mean you’re disciplined.  Discipline is the gap between your resolutions and there realization.

Discipline is a state of mind.   It is an attitude that you cultivate and nurture.  Because the difference between winning the battle in the field is defeating the enemy in your mind.   The thoughts in your head will ultimately determine the outcome of your life.

Discipline changes everything:

You want to lose weight?  You have to be disciplined.
You want to raise Godly children? You have to be disciplined.
You want to learn more? You have to be disciplined.
You want to have more time to spend with family?  You have to be disciplined. 

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.


  1. Pastor Kevin says:
    Friday, January 2, 2015 at 10:10pm

    Great post Josh. Good clarity. It’s amazing to think that all we resolve could easily be accomplished if discipline were added to it.

    You should resolve to be disciplined and keep writing! It’s good to see you back at it


  2. Joan says:
    Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 11:39pm

    I must be in sync (NOT the boy band!) with what The Lord is desiring for us, his bride, because I really gave serious consideration to what my goals for this coming year would be.
    And The Lord just kept prompting me over and over again to grasp hold of what would truly determine those goals (after of course praying as to whether my goals were His desire for me, and not my own earthly desires) and all I kept hearing the Holy Spirit whisper was “discipline, discipline, DISCIPLINE…” and no, he didn’t shout it the last time, he just sort of tugged really hard, and really deep into my spirit that in everything we do, particularly the things that we find difficult, it all comes down to discipline. And already, only one week in, I truly have to humble myself to the realization that discipline is not an easy thing. And I really believe that trying to do these things in our own way, in our own power, can be quite futile. We really do have to yield to the Holy Spirit and realize that our true strength comes from Him. So thank you for sharing this. I love when The Lord just confirms His word by what he is revealing to others.
    We serve a pretty incredible God, don’t ya think?!


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