How are you doing with those New Year Resolutions?
This time of year, I see and hear a lot of people talking about their New Year Resolutions. Giving attention to what you want to change in 2017 is a good thing. Sadly, many of those resolutions will never be achieved. The reason is very simple – people don’t follow through with the discipline to turn those resolutions into habits.
When we desire change, we must decide to change. Crossing the line of decision is really a powerful step. Taking that step releases the creativity and energy necessary to make the change. This allows you to gain traction and build momentum. Here’s the key – you must take action. You can’t even spell “traction” without “action”!
As I mentioned in my last blog, maintaining traction is only possible when you have clarity about “why” you want to make the change. If you don’t see it and feel it, you will not achieve it. So, why do you want to change. I can assure you that if your “why” is powerful enough, you will find a way to achieve your goals. This is true, because if you truly desire the change, you will be willing to pay the price necessary to achieve those goals. As my friend and mentor, John Maxwell says, “everything worth having is uphill!” This means it will require effort, sacrifice, and determination. You have to “see” it clearly, to believe it and achieve it.
Years ago I heard a story that is both funny and profound. A young boy was sitting on the front porch with his Grandpa, when a rabbit ran across the road. There were six dogs resting under the porch, and one of them saw the rabbit. He took off barking and ran after the rabbit. The other four dogs woke up, and they started barking and running after the first dog. Grandpa looked at his grandson and said, “I’ll tell you what is going to happen. It won’t be long before those four dogs come back and lay down.” Sure enough, in about thirty minutes the four dogs came back, their tongues hanging out, and crawled back under the porch. About thirty minutes later that first dog came back with the rabbit in his mouth. The Grandson asked his Grandpa, “How did you know what was going to happen?” Grandpa said, “Well that first dog saw the rabbit, and the other dogs just got in on the excitement.”
That is why I stress that you must “see” what you must become, in order to do what you desire to do. Otherwise, you will grow weary and give up.
Whatever changes you know you need to make, see the future you, commit to become that person, put an action plan in place, and daily do what you have to do to achieve the results you desire. If you will do that, you will be closer to the person you desire to be.
Make Your’s A Great Day!