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Breaking Bad: Why Resolutions Backfire

Seven resolutions that will transform your life
Chicago, Illinois -- “We’re getting killed by the very things we say we hate,” says author, pastor, and radio host Karl Clauson. A mere 9% of people who make resolutions feel successful in keeping them. With more than a 90% failure rate, what’s the problem?
“It’s never a one and done battle . . . it’s a lifetime discipline” explains Clauson in his book, The 7 Resolutions (Moody).  The problem is that we make our resolutions and then try to gut them out alone. We have a self-help mentality, the idea that we are the captains in battles that we can’t win on our own. This mistaken belief keeps us in a form of self-imposed deception – going about well-meaning goals but ill equipped for success.
Clauson identifies seven resolutions that take us from self-help mentality, something he calls a threat to God’s plan for our success. The resolutions are join God, think truth, kill sin, choose friends, take risks, focus effort, and redeem time.
A former competitor in Alaska’s 1,100-mile Iditarod race, Clauson understands a bit about commitment, taking risks, and making good decisions. Though he acknowledges he has struggled with resolutions himself, he offers a clear roadmap for breaking free from the repetitive failure, confession, repeat cycle. “When you feel the weight of your sin, you are ready to deal with your sin,” he muses. We never make changes to important things in life unless we feel an urgency. This urgency cannot be met alone, a reason Clauson emphasizes taking an honest look at the systems that work and those that are broken.
It should come as little surprise the top three resolutions people make are health, money, and self-improvement. To be successful Clauson urges us to trust God’s ability with our inability.

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