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by Taylor Gerlach

As we near the end of January, let’s talk about motivation. 

We all know the statistics that most people have abandoned their New Year’s resolutions by now. If those typically don’t stand the test of time, how can we create lasting, impactful change in our lives?


Process vs. product
When setting goals and looking towards the future, we have process goals and product goals. Product goals are project-oriented with one set destination. No matter how you get there, success is rigidly defined by achieving an end product. On the other hand, process goals are more long-term, habit-oriented goals. The end product is flexible and success is defined as consistent growth. Evaluate your goals and the heart behind them, then choose the most effective path to achieving them. There are situations where product goals will be the best fit, but when we are talking about creating lasting change in our lives with new rhythms and habits, we should focus on process goals.

Evaluate your heart
We become what we love. Find ways to cultivate an appreciation or enjoyment surrounding your new habits and routines. This could be taking a moment to reflect on what you’re grateful for or switching up your routine so it becomes something you look forward to doing. When something has your heart, you don’t need a whole lot of discipline to continue in it, so find ways to develop a love if it’s not already there.

Reflect on your progress
The same way we record workout times or weights in the gym to see our progress over time, we can reflect back on the changes we’ve implemented into our daily lives. Taking a step back allows us to see the big picture changes that are happening when we commit to a new habit or process. On a day-to-day basis, it’s easy to miss these small changes, but they add up. Keep a journal or just jot down some observations in a notes app every once in a while, carving out time to intentionally evaluate where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going. This practice will also help you determine what is working and what is not so that you can alter your process where necessary.

If you’ve been around for a while, you know how transformative the CFL community can be. Take a step in vulnerability and share your goals and aspirations so others can encourage you and come alongside you. Make an effort to surround yourself with people who are committed to working towards their own goals.

Make space for grace
The beautiful thing about focusing on process rather than product is the flexibility it lends. Work at your own pace and in your own way. Let go of any pressure to perform and give yourself grace.