Small Changes for a Big Year: Keeping Our New Year’s Resolutions Real

Small Changes for a Big Year

With the new year upon us, many of us are undertaking New Year’s resolutions, which is all well and good. Unfortunately, many of our resolutions fall by the wayside within a few weeks for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that many of them are simply unrealistic! When it comes to making changes in our habits, the changes need to be realistic and incremental, lest we become overwhelmed and give up before we really get going. It is always a better idea to celebrate small successes along the way instead of waiting to celebrate a monumental achievement.

As people of faith, we know that change is at the heart of the Gospel: Jesus calls us to repent! Too often, however, we become frustrated by our inability to repent, because we are striving for perfection, which is beyond our reach as human beings. The change that Jesus calls us to is indeed dramatic, yet, it can and should be achieved incrementally; we need to keep it real.

With that in mind, I recommend a few books to help you begin the new year in a manner that focuses on incremental, achievable change—all available at 30% off the regular price when you order from

  • Small Simple Ways: An Ignatian Daybook for Healthy Spiritual Living by Vinita Hampton Wright
  • MicroShifts: Transforming Your Life One Step at a Time by Gary Jansen
  • Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World) by Chris Lowney

See these and more books to guide you through small changes you can make for a big year here.

And the rest of this week, we’ll be talking on Catechist’s Journey about small changes we can make for a big year in ministry. Our friends at are also taking up the challenge to make small changes for a big year, so read those posts too.

Together, let’s celebrate small successes throughout the year!

About Joe Paprocki 2748 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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