After I decided what my New Year's resolution was going to be, I simply started. A few weeks early. No fanfare, no craft, no poster. Just a firm resolution and commitment I started right away instead of waiting. And in lieu of making a list, I simply picked one thing I felt was more important than anything else. It was simple, almost too simple, but I know it will have the most profound outcome.
My goal is to hold fast to the rod of iron continually. One of my favorite artist's, James C. Christensen conveys this perfectly.
A little explanation first. The iron rod is the word of God, or the scriptures and words of prophets.
I have always read the scriptures. But reading and holding fast continually onto them are two different things. Reading a chapter takes a few minutes out of your day and it is more like placing your hand on the rod of iron, instead of holding fast. Easy to let go when other things come up. And sometimes even picking up so many burdens and distractions that on any given day(s) you have no extra hand to place on the rod. But if you hold fast - meaning, immerse yourself in the scriptures and the words of the prophets, study them each and every day and also act accordingly, you will not pick up things that will burden you down and instead change for the better. It is simple. I gave up quantity for quality. It does not matter if I only read one small verse or 30 a day. What matters is that I ponder and study and take the time to learn and apply.
It is simple yet I know it will help me with all the other goals and resolutions I wanted to include. One simple change will take care of all the rest. There is no need to make a long list. I know with time and with continually holding fast to the rod of iron everything will fall into place.