A January 1, 2014 study at the University of Scranton found that Americans’ top ten New Years resolutions were:
8 percent of the previous year’s resolutions were successfully achieved.
Those annual promises we make to ourselves are tricky devils. Often anchored in wish and will, 75 percent of New Year's resolutions barely make it past the first week. After that, the study shows a gradual, if not nearly complete, slide into the gutter.
My experience is that resolutions that focus on changing behavior patterns tend to fizzle over time, while goals that focus on discovering who we are spiritually generally result in permanent progress. Why is that? I think the key is in the resolution of the resolution.
Low resolution / high resolution aren’t just terms for the number of pixels in your tv (the dots that together form the picture on a screen). We might think of low-resolution goals as focusing on limitations and trying to change. Think self-improvement and you have got a good idea of low-resolution resolutions.
Low-resolution vows are deceptively self-centered. “I will change, fix, repair, correct, improve me.” Even when we think it is about someone else (for my kids, for my family)... Nope, it is pretty much still me, me, me.
Low-resolution goals, starting from “I’m not thin enough, smart enough, organized enough, disciplined enough, healthy enough, selfless enough, satisfied enough,” etc, are like a low-resolution screen - the picture we have of ourselves is blurry, unstable and tough to improve.
High-resolution goals are spiritual. They start with God (Life, Truth, Love, Spirit) and work out from that basis to discover your inherent spirituality and what it does for you. They bring out the finer points of spiritual being in a way that empowers you to express good in big and small ways. Change how you see yourself, upgrade the resolution, and you will get better results.
While low-resolution goals tend to gradually snuff out, high-resolution goals are strong from the start and increase in power over time. This is because of a spiritual law governing the unfoldment of a divine idea. This law promises sturdy growth, and undecaying success from meek beginnings.
When I say "meek", I am not talking about weakness and malleability. You don't have a weak little unmolded and undisciplined mind that needs to be pressed into better shape. Spiritual meekness is a strength we all have. Meekness gives shape to our lives and enables us to express our highest and best. It comes from our Maker and infuses us with resilient divine power through our unbreakable connection with Him. God's man (and woman) is divine Mind-conceived, not self-conceived. When we understand and identify ourselves as God creates and knows us (and this is the true sense of "meek beginning"), sturdy growth and undecaying success follow.
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy has an almost endless list of high-resolution resolutions. Here are just a few to consider:
The most successful high-resolution resolutions come from a living, breathing, regular connection with God. Just like on the tv screen, a low-resolution (false) picture of you as an incomplete and limited mortal is generally disappointing. No amount of adjustment can permanently improve a picture that is limited by its initial resolution. But when your goal is to understand more of what God is and what He is doing in you as His spiritual and flawless creation, don’t be surprised when your strengths, abilities and the opportunities to express them come into crisp and sharp view.
I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no