of adults in North America will make a New Year's
resolution. 22% fail after one week, 40% after one
month, 50% after three months, 60% after six months, and
81% after twenty-four months.
I love New Year’s Day.
the time of year that everyone gets a mulligan (i.e. A
No matter how messy the previous year may
have been, you now have a blank slate to start over.
also a time when I look back on who died the previous year.
Here’s a partial list of who died in 2017:
Mary Tyler Moore
Walter Becker (Steely Dan)
While none of these people were a big part of my life, I’ve
heard their names and seen their faces for most of my life.
I sang along with AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”, the
Allman Brothers' "Lord I Was Born a Ramblin' Man", Tom
Petty’s “Free Fallin”, and the J. Geils Band’s “My Angel is a
Centerfold" more times than I can count.
The first song I
learned on the electric guitar was “Johnny B. Good” by Chuck
Berry, who’s considered to be one of the founding fathers of
rock and roll, along with Elvis.
I watched Adam West on
Batman, David Cassidy on The Partridge Family,
Jim Nabors on Gomer Pyle and Mayberry, RFD,
Mary Tyler Moore on The Dick Van Dyke Show and
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jerry Lewis in countless
movies and telethons, Judge Wapner on The People’s Court,
and Monte Hall on Let’s Make a Deal.
new year by looking back at who died the previous year may sound
morbid, but it’s based on two principles in one of the
bestselling self-improvement books of all time – “The 7 Habits
of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.
Be Proactive (instead of reactive, like most people are)
Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind
whether you're a big-time celebrity, or an Average Joe just
trying to get by, the key to a successful life can be summed up
in 7 simple words:
Live your life with purpose,
making all those New Year’s Resolutions you’re not going to
keep. Just make the commitment to be proactive about spending
2018 with purpose.
When it’s time to work, leave your
home life at home and be a professional.
When it’s time
to relax, leave your work life at work and relax.
you’ll make this simple commitment, you’ll look back on 2018
with a deep sense of pride and accomplishment when it’s over.
Happy New Year from Puerto Morelos, Mexico,
And yes, I am practicing what I preach. This article was
written last week. This week, my Beautiful Bride and I are
celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary in the Riviera Maya,
where I am not checking email, texts, or voicemails.
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