Every year we make resolutions and every year we keep some of them, but too often we break some of them; sometimes it’s those that are most important.
Resolutions CAN run the gamut from: getting more exercise, going on a diet, stopping smoking, being more disciplined, starting a business, being kinder, being better at (fill in the blanks) and so on.
I guess as human beings we need “new starts” as a way to wipe the slate clean and start over. We like the idea of a “do over or a “Mulligan.”
But in this “starting over”, you have to remember one thing and one thing only: NOT TO DO WHAT YOU DID IN THE PAST AND EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULT. No doubt you have heard this clichéd axiom before, but it is true. Very true!
This is always easier said than done because, after all, that’s all we know how or what to do! Right?
If we haven’t learned to do something different, what makes us believe we can change our behavior using our same old tools?
Quite the dilemma, eh?
Perhaps not. Maybe we can make New Year’s resolutions and actually keep most of them this year?
The reality is we just have to resolve to do one NEW thing this year to achieve our goal.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW!
Learn about what others have done to achieve their resolutions. Learn how they did it. Sit by their side if you can. Take a course. Practice what you have learned. Learn about what resources you will need. Learn about how much time it will take and what it will cost. Learn about all the tasks you will have to do to achieve that resolution.
It’s that easy. And it’s that hard, too.
A long time ago, a good friend of mine once told me “You must learn before you can earn.” And over the years I have found his words to be as right as rain. Maybe that resonates with you as well.
So this year, let’s make this a year of learning something new and different. Let’s write it down and put it on a wall near our desk where we will see it every day.
“I promise to learn something new in 2020 that will help me achieve at least one of my resolutions”
Think about this; how far could you have gone, how much closer to your goal could you have gotten and how much more could you have achieved if you would have learned something new and valuable last year?
You’ll never know how far you could have gone if you don’t proactively and intensely try to learn something new every day – no matter how small or insignificant you may think it may be.
“Mighty oaks out of little acorns grow.” – An old English proverb
Wishing you a joyful, peaceful and meaningful 2020. May it be your best year ever?