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I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions!
There, I said it!
If making New Year’s Resolutions were so effective, we would find ourselves constantly making new ones as we conquered the old ones. Unfortunately, less than 10% of those making New Year’s Resolutions successfully achieve lasting Change; 90% fail. Not very good odds. Not a very good plan to start the New Year.
The problem is that the same things keep recurring on our list of Resolutions; lose weight, spend more time with family and friends, spend less time on our devices, save more, spend less, etc. At times our goals are too vague; other times, they may be specific yet unattainable. Either way, you are set up for failure before you even start.
I suggest a different approach beginning with the fact that there is nothing magical about January 1st.
Consider this, the only time we have to accomplish anything is TODAY!
“The best time to do something significant is between Yesterday and Tomorrow. ”
Let’s learn from YESTERDAY and PLAN for Tomorrow, but TODAY choose to ACT!
ACTION is the only path to achieving Change.
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”
Dalai Lama XIV
Think, if you had to relive Yesterday, what would you do differently? What time was wasted? What could have been done better? What did Yesterday teach you that you can use to improve your Today? The slightest improvement from Yesterday is a better you Today! Repeat that cycle every day, and over time you will have achieved the Change you desire. You begin Coaching yourself, finding the minor blemishes, flaws, and defects that can be improved over time.
Enjoy the journey; it is with you every day.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”
Start small; you will quickly achieve success by doing so, reinforcing your new habit.
If you are stuck, consider the following:
- Engage your brain and body every day.
- Focus and finish what you start.
- Learn to say “No” more.
- Be more present when in the company of others.
- Live Strategically rather than reactively.
- Avoid Regret.
- Make better decisions by studying the outcomes of prior decisions.
What did your Yesterday teach you that you would do differently and improve on Today?