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Ice Breaker – Resolutions

Okay, here it is!  The last ice breaker question of 2011!  I started these ice breaker questions a couple of months ago, and I’ve been amazed at the popularity and response.  The Ice Breaker question a few weeks ago about Christmas movies is one of the top posts all-time on The Stretched Blog.  For those of you who are new or who forgot, ice breaker questions are used to help people get to know each other – to “break the ice” so to speak.  I love hearing what other people have to say and how they think.  So for today, I’m excited to throw out another simple New Year’s themed ice breaker question.  I’ll answer it first, then it’s your turn.  Answer the question by leaving a comment for us all to enjoy.  Thanks!

Question:  Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  If so, what’s one of your New Year’s resolutions? If not, why?

My Answer:  Here you go….

If you’ve been reading for a while, you may have noticed or you may have heard me share that I’m a goal oriented person.  I love to set goals and to see where they take me.  So…it shouldn’t be a surprise that I like the opportunity to set new goals for the year ahead.  I usually set personal fitness goals, spiritual growth goals, leadership goals, church goals, marriage goals, family goals, financial goals, and personal growth goals.  I’ll share a goal from my personal growth area.  I’d like to read at least one book per month in 2012.  For the avid readers out there, this doesn’t sound very challenging.  But I’m not the average avid reader, I’m pretty slow and deliberate with my reading.  So reading one book per month will be a decent challenge.  I am currently reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, and I think I may finish this before the new year, so this doesn’t count.  I’m looking to focus my reading in a few areas:  small groups, leadership, and spiritual growth.  I couple books that I’m looking forward to reading this year are:  Community Is Messy (a soon to be released book by Heather Zempel), Community:  Taking Your Small Group Off Of Life Support by Brad House, and EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey.

So there you have it, my answer to the question.  Now it’s your turn….I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to say!


December 31, 2011 - Posted by | blogging, Christmas, Christmas season, Ice Breaker, leadership, New Year's Resolutions, questions, resolutions, stretch, thoughts | , ,


  1. Jon…I don’t make resolutions, but like you I set goals.

    Comment by LarryTheDeuce | December 31, 2011 | Reply

  2. I am going to also try to read at least one book a month. I would also like to run in a couple of 5k’s.

    Comment by Adam | December 31, 2011 | Reply

  3. About 30 years ago I made a New Year’s Resolution to never make New Year’s Resolutions because I would never be able to keep one. That was also the year I gave up giving up things for Lent for Lent.

    And the worst part is, I didn’t make that up, I truly did that at the age of 10.

    Comment by Jonathan | December 31, 2011 | Reply

  4. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, however, there are some things that the Lord and I will be working on in 2012. First, I want to be more intentional about writing. Since finishing writing the Legacy study, I have not written s much as I did. In 2012 I want to write more and finish writing the study in Hebrews that I began this fall. I also want to write with excellence. In fact, I am planning my first post of 2012 about this very topic. Happy New Years.

    Comment by Leah Adams | December 31, 2011 | Reply

  5. No, I don’t set New Year resolutions. However, I do have a few goals in mind for the upcoming year – 1) Edit and publish my NaNoWriMo novella, METAL MAN WALKING, ride my bicycle – to be purchased next week – at least three or four times a week, and continue to blog daily on the Word of God. Blessings. Carley

    Comment by lambskinny | December 31, 2011 | Reply

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