Christmas is now past, and the sights and scents of the season have been crowded into the pages of history by the hopeful sounds of labor pains announcing the imminent birth of a new year. Among these sounds are the voices of the optimistic and determined who announce their resolutions for the new year.
Some will achieve the goals they’ve set for 2017, while the not so resolute will bury theirs beneath the dust pile of defeat. A few words from the wise might hint at the difference between the two:
- Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday. ~Napoleon Hill
- For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” ~Steve Jobs
- Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express, planned for success. Before he left his office at the end of the day, he would jot down the top three things he wanted to accomplish the next day.
- The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tony Robbins has said that the key to directing your life, is to recognize and control your consistent actions: It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
To reach your goals, I suggest you need to perceive to achieve: Identify what you are already doing, and use it as a cue to prompt the appropriate action. Your daily routine is a good example:
- After I pour my first cup of coffee, I will walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes.
- Before I take my shower, I will do 10 pushups.
- While I am eating breakfast, I will _____________.
- When I take my coffee break, I will ____________.
- Before I go to bed I will read ____ pages in a book.
If you are considering resolutions and goals to help you change and rearrange your life, I applaud your effort and leave you with two more quotes to serve as motivators:
- Arthur Ashe: Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
- Thomas Edison: Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Let us search out and examine our ways,
and turn back to the Lord. ~Lamentations 3:40