“New Year, new you” I must have seen this phrase a hundred times this New Year. I prefer to make this more personal and say “New Year, new me”. I feel this is the commitment we all must make in order to improve our lives in 2017. I waited a few days into January to write this because chances are that many of us set unrealistic New Year’s resolutions and have already broken them. Why do we do this? Why do we resolve to accomplish the impossible? I believe it is because we all have an innate desire to step out of our comfort zones and into something new. Many times we know the root of our troubles and we go directly to that root cause and declare to dig it out. For instance, if a person wishes to lose weight, but they love chocolate, they may resolve to stop eating chocolate for a year. Problem is, they happen to have a box of candy bars in the pantry, so as soon as those are gone…well, not gonna happen. The thing is, we don’t need to stop eating chocolate to lose weight. We don’t even need to resolve to stop eating chocolate to lose weight. We only need to balance our calorie intake with our calorie burn. Burn more calories than you take in, lose weight. No need to make a resolution to do anything, just make an adjustment at any time of the year, on any given day. I think the danger is when we make a resolution and fail, then we tell ourselves that we blew it for this year, try again next January!!!
About that comfort zone.
Change is growth. Routine is stagnation. Routine is warm and cozy, safe and secure. Change is scary and uncomfortable. “I want to climb that mountain but I love my cozy cabin in the valley. I know that the view from the top must be truly spectacular, but getting there is so much work.” I beg you not to look at things this way. We look at the mountain and convince ourselves that it is impossible to climb without ever taking a single step. I would say that if you decide to conquer that mountain, the most important step is the first one. Baby steps are good. Take them. With time and practice you will find your stride and when you look back, you will realize how far you’ve gone. Of course this is a metaphor for whatever your mountain may be, from building your home based business to quitting smoking or losing weight, we all have mountains. The difference between those who succeed and those who fail is sheer willpower to break their comfort zone cycle and change their lives come Hell or high water. Mountain climbers make that resolution every day to press on no matter what. Problems must be overcome on a daily basis and are to be considered stepping stones across a raging river of the unknown. Every problem we encounter is a teachable moment. Forge ahead, learn as you go, but by all means, go.
Resolve is a powerful word. It is determination, stubbornness, will power and grit. Once you have it and I mean really have it, you become an unstoppable force. Those stumbling blocks that stand between you and your goals become a mere nuisance rather than problems that can trip you up and keep you down. You find that you don’t even discuss the problems, but rather you find solutions and discuss those. You blaze your own trail and find that others try to emulate you. This is actually a great compliment that you have those who see what you are doing, and then try to do it as well, but they lack your secret weapon: resolve. Annual resolutions do not give you resolve. A resolution without resolve has no backbone and will not stand the test of time. I can say “In 2017 I make the resolution to really get down to business and become such a powerfully successful network marketer that I will become financially free and buy a bunch of cool stuff that I always wanted and help a bunch of people” but if I don’t have the resolve to get up every day determined to make that happen, it won’t.
Resolve is also personal responsibility. It doesn’t allow you to blame others when you fail, but causes you to look inward and search yourself for the strength and will power to press on. You never say “My up line is no help at all, they do this and never do that” instead you decide that no one is in control of your destiny but yourself and if they don’t want to be a part of your movement, it is of no consequence to you. Resolve is not vindictive, don’t get me wrong, it’s not about proving anything to anyone but yourself. It is the need within all of us to become all that we can be and to raise ourselves up out of the muck and live to our fullest potential.
So don’t make resolutions once a year, live with resolve every day. Make up your mind for yourself to do whatever must be done to succeed. If you don’t know how to do something, learn how. If you don’t know what to do next, research and find out. If you lack a certain skill, get help and develop it. Never allow yourself to settle for your current situation. You can fix it, you can step out of your comfort zone of mediocrity and improve yourself and therefore your situation. You can succeed, and when you do, you will seek out your next success, and your next.
Lucinda and I are here to help you when you are ready to start. The decision is yours and yours alone. Are you completely happy with your current situation or would you like to start building yourself up to the next level of you? If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got. Start today, do something today to improve on your yesterday self. We’ve been doing it for years and we will never stop. We welcome you to join us.
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