What Will You Resolve This New Year?

January 01, 2019

Have you ever made a new year’s resolution that didn’t work out?

I’ll be the first to put my hand up for that one, but here’s what I know.

A resolution means to RESOLVE something – to make a change for the better.

And unless you’re really vested in that change, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll go back to what you know is comfortable (which is definitely not the realm in which lasting change occurs).

When you resolve something, it’s usually born out of a moment of inspiration, pure ‘fed-up-ness’ or reaching a threshold of physical or emotional pain that you’re no longer willing to tolerate.

By nature, human beings are very resilient characters with a high level of tolerance.

But it’s our ability and willingness to be tolerant that also holds us back from the positive challenges associated with achieving our goals and dreams.

The key is self-awareness.

In the fundamental areas of your life, you need to live with a level of consciousness that notices when “the lights start flashing amber” – giving you the warning sign that it’s time to act.

Realise that even though the decision to change can happen in a moment, the process of change takes time – and it’s a process that you must believe in and trust.

So, armed with this insight and understanding…

What have you truly resolved to make happen for yourself in 2019?

If you’re struggling to identify something, here’s a handful of thoughts that may help you to find what you’re looking for:

  1. Find and practise your passion – Whatever it is that brings you a sense of positive energy and fulfilment, commit to practising it often. Believe me, this is an essential secret to ongoing emotional joy that spins off into your relationships, business and career;
  2. Take action, no matter how small – Whatever it is you want to improve in your life, remember that complexity is the enemy of execution. In other words, the simpler you keep things the better. Change happens incrementally, but over time it compounds, so just do a little often and you’ll get to where you want to go;
  3. Look forward, not back – We all have a past that can either define, destroy or drive us. The choice is yours. One thing’s for sure, you can not create a great future if you’re constantly looking in the rear view mirror dwelling on the past. Use your life lessons as fuel to drive you forward;
  4. Be a leader – this is not so much about creating a band of ‘followers’ as it is about owning yourself and the choices and outcomes of your life. It’s about accountability and responsibility, not denial and blame. Focus on what you can control and not what you can’t and you will live an empowered life of self-leadership;
  5. Always do your best – Each day wake up willing to give your best for yourself and to those you serve. When you do this, it’s amazing how a little thing called “grace” tends to miraculously show up often. You can never ask more of yourself than your best, so long as you’re willing to constantly learn, grow and keep moving forward, you’re winning.
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Happy New Year to you and I look forward to connecting with you often throughout 2019.