I have done a little of both.
I started by spending some quiet time with God. I asked him to reveal to me what I needed this year. If I am honest with you - I did not like His answer. I wanted something like determination, persistence, intentional, or authentic. Now those are all great words. Not what God wanted from me. Nope, I get the word - control.
My first response was, "Really?" Then I was lead to Proverbs 3:5-6.
I realized that it was time to let go of the control. God is the one in control. If I seek HIM I will find EVERYTHING I am looking for. I will find the joy I need. I will find the peace that will fill my soul. I will find the patience to wait on His timing. I will not hear the honesty from Little Miss, "Mommy you are getting like that a LOT lately." When I am grinding my teeth and my fists are clenched in frustration. When I get that way I am going to stop - take a breath - and say God is in control. God is in control. GOD IS IN CONTROL - until I can breathe again and let go.
Well, then I took it a step further. The next night I got everything out. There is something about a new planner. The hope of those empty pages. The anticipation of what this year will bring.
I stopped, I prayed - "Okay God, let's do this. What are we going to accomplish this year? You are in control. I am just your hands, feet and mouth piece."
As you can see we came up with some good stuff. Both big year goals and monthly goals to get closer to those goals.
Work: $25,000 in sales. Doubled Network across all platforms
Health: Less Pop/Coffee, More Water, Healthy Eating and more Exercise (Most of this will not even start until February since we only have my income for January.)
Personally: I know it is vain, but I am going to be more intentional about my appearance. How can I do good and glorify God when I feel like a HOT MESS. For me - my outward appearance really does effect my mood and attitude.
Knowing myself - that is all I will be able to do for the big goals. I know goals are supposed to be measurable and have time frames. Well, I am great at getting started, not great at following through. So the measurable parts will come in monthly when I look at how I did and where I want to improve. Gives me a "New Year's Day" each month.
So what about you? A word for the year? List of resolutions? Don't do any of it?