The Secret to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Statistics from The University of Scranton show only 8 percent of people successfully achieve their New Year’s goals and 25 percent of people will fail to keep their resolution by the second week of January.

New York Times best-selling authors, Stephen Arterburn and Dr. David Stoop, offer an alternative solution to making resolutions and provide practical tips to achieve lasting life change in their latest book, “Take Your Life Back: Stop Letting the Past and Other People Control You.”
“Resolutions fail because they focus on the short-term effects of a problem,” said Arterburn. “To achieve lasting transformation, people need to take a very hard look at the heart of those issues. Whether married or single, dealing with the trials of parenting, facing addiction to food, finding a work-life balance, or seeking to overcome shame and regret, everyone has an area in life needing renewal.”
In “Take Your Life Back,” Arterburn and Stoop bring to the forefront that healthy living and making a transformative life change is a choice. When faced with the opportunity to do so, it is up to the person to either face his or her problems or turn his or her backs and continue on the current destructive path.
“Taking your life back is optional,” said Arterburn. “You make the choice. You can continue to live in the shadow of unrealistic and unmet expectations—either the ones you think that God has for you, the ones that others put on you or the ones you craft for yourself—and you will continue to live in the sludge of toxic shame. Or you can keep going and find the pathway out of shame and the keys for taking your life back.”
To achieve true-life transformation individuals must to embrace the three “D’s” and become the deciders, defenders, and developers of their own lives.
Arterburn said, “People need to learn what is controlling them. Are they in control or is it the shame of their situation? We are not called to be doormats; we need to learn to defend ourselves against shame. Don’t let yourself become another statistic. Do something this year that will change your life for the better.”
Arterburn is the founder of New Life Ministries, hosts “New Life TV” and the No. 1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk radio show,”New Life Live!” He has authored more than 100 books, including best-sellers such as “Every Man’s Battle,” and “Healing Is A Choice.” Dr. Stoop is a licensed psychologist, a host of “New Life Live!,” a pastor and Gold Medallion-winning author of more than 30 books.
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