My favorite day of the year is January 1st.
Because it's the one day when everybody gets to start over
with a clean slate, it always feels so pure and innocent.
Unlike Christmas when people are obsessed with shopping, or
Thanksgiving when people are stressed out over being around
relatives they don't really want to be around, New Year's Day is
only time I see real "Peace on Earth".
For those of us who make our living inspiring others to think
bigger, try harder, and be better, New Year's Day is like catnip
to a cat.
It's the one day when everyone is
an optimist, and "resolves" to exercise more, spend less, be a
better spouse, a better employee, and so on.
But the truth is that it's a bunch of hogwash.
The problem with New Yearís Resolutions is that most are just
intentions, and not actual commitments.
Studies have consistently found that 90% of the people who make
New Yearís Resolutions donít keep them, and half of those fail
by January 31st.
The woman who resolved to be a better wife goes right back to
taking her husband for granted. The employee who resolved to get
to work on time goes right back to dragging in late. The gyms
that were packed the first week of January are back to normal by
the first week of February. And the list goes on.
Keeping New Yearís Resolutions is about something
than your professional development or personal growth.
about your integrity.
Commitments are only commitments when
you have the integrity
to keep them. By making commitments you donít keep, youíre lying
You wouldnít tolerate your kids, spouse, or employees
constantly lying to you. But just as you canít tell your kids to
say no to drugs while youíre shooting heroin, you canít tell
them not to lie to you when you keep lying to yourself.
If you've already defaulted on
your New Year's Resolutions, the good news is that the most
important day of the year isn't January 1, it's February 1. You
11 months left in 2015 to become part of the elite 10% that keeps
their New Yearís Resolutions and makes things happen.
Don't put up with you lying to yourself any longer. Say out loud
ďBecause I expect others to keep promises they
make to me, I'll keep the promises I make to myself.Ē
To Your Success ,
P.S. You just took 2 minutes out of the 2,400 minutes
(or more) you'll work this week to read this article. That's an indicator that you're part of that elite 10% that makes
things happen. The average person won't spend 2 seconds to
improve anything about themselves this week, which is why
they'll remain average at everything they do.
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