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The Most Important Day of the Year  

 

by Glenn Shepard

January 27, 2015

Category:  Self Improvement

 
   

 

Portland, TN

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Nashville, TN

Feb 10

 

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Dear Glenn,

 

I work for a very small company. The owner is a kid who was born with a silver spoon and thinks that because his father and older brother made millions, he's got the "gene" to do so.

      Unfortunately, his method of making money is to do really stupid stuff. He is very quick to blame other people for his mistakes, and when handed proof NEVER apologizes. Two of the three of us are looking hard for other jobs so we can get out of here.

      Do you have any advice for making our day to day existence more bearable until we can give notice?

 

Exhausted in Virginia

 

 

Dear Exhausted,

 

I omitted some of the details of your boss's unethical and possibly illegal business practices.

       The bottom line is that silence implies consent. As long as you work there, you're as guilty as he is. If it's as bad as you say, you need to leave yesterday. If your excuse is that you haven't found another job and need the income, what you're really saying is that your ethical standards are for sale for the right price.

     The greatest harm doesn't come from those who intentionally hurt others, it comes from those who see it happening and do nothing.

      Thanks for your question.

 

Glenn in Nashville, TN

 

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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 much bigger than your professional development or personal growth.

 

It's about your integrity.

 

Commitments are only commitments when you have the integrity to keep them. By making commitments you donít keep, youíre lying to yourself.

 

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 still have 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 right now,

 

ďBecause I expect others to keep promises they make to me, I'll keep the promises I make to myself.Ē

 

 

To Your Success ,

 

 

Glenn Shepard

 

 

 

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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