By Hannah Peterson
As every New Year roles around there is always a lot of peer pressure and media push to set a new years resolution. Unfortunately according to Statistics Brain, only 8 percent of people actually achieve their new years resolution. There is also this slogan that I see plastered all over media, “New Year, New Me.” Like, why would you want to change so much just because it is a new year? Growing up, I have always been told to stay true to myself and not change because of peer pressure. That is probably one of the reasons I do not like the phrase New Year, New Me. So this year I am going to change it, and encourage all of you to also. New Year, True Me. You don’t need to start the year as a different person; it is best to be yourself.
Now, I am not saying that new years resolutions are bad. In all honestly sometimes that is the best thing for a person to start a new fitness routine or to start a better lifestyle, but other times it can cause a person to completely change who they are and the way they act. So as we start this New Year, here are a few tips on how to stay true to yourself:
1.) Remember that you do not need to change for God to love you.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
2.) Set goals that you want to accomplish, not ones that others are pressuring you to do.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:3-5
3.) Start slow – gradually work your way into completing your goal. If you are starting a new routine, trying to develop a better habit, take some time to work in to the full routine.
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
4.) Remember that your friends and family will still love you, even if you fail.
“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold of God.” 1 Peter 4:8-10
5.) Stay true to your morals and beliefs. If you catch yourself doing something that goes against your morals and beliefs, stop, it will not help you.
“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’” 1 Corinthians 15:33
6.) Take time to remind yourself that you are blessed to be a son/daughter of God.
“Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands” Isaiah 49:16
7.) Think back on everything good you have done and accomplished and remind yourself that you are a good person.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
8.) Surround yourself with people who lift you up and encourage you to succeed and be the true you.
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
9.) Take time to grow in your relationship with God.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11
10.) Become the person God made you to be.
“Your hands made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.” Psalms 119:73
I know that this can be hard, especially with peer pressure coming from all directions. So as we begin this year, I encourage you to stay true to yourself, to grow closer to Christ, and to follow the path that God has created for you. But don’t forget to accomplish a new goal, take an adventure, and have fun at the same time!
God Bless you all and Happy New Year!