December 31, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

The New Year is a great reminder that it is never to late to make a fresh start by either creating a new habit or dropping an old one. Many good articles have been written about making and keeping New Year's Resolutions. There are a couple of good ones here and here.

I think these articles have some great tips. But in the vein of simplicity, I think that most articles omit one very important tip for New Year's Resolutions.

You have to REALLY WANT to do the resolution.

I think we fail to achieve our resolutions not because we don't have a desire to accomplish the goal, or a plan, or anything else. I think we fail because we don't go any further than desire. We don't REALLY want the goal we are setting out to accomplish. If we did, we would find a way to accomplish it.

There is a scene in the movie Fight Club where Brad Pitt's character holds a gun to a clerks head and asks him what he really wanted to do with his life. The clerk responded that he wanted to be a veterinarian. Brad Pitt takes the man's drivers license and tells him that unless he makes some tangible steps toward accomplishing that goal in the next few days, he will return and kill him.

I don't believe the guy really wanted to be a veterinarian...or at least not all that badly. Why? Because most of us always seem have time and make time to do the things we really want to do. The roadblocks and troubles that get in the way of things we really want to accomplish...we seem to find a way around or through.

So, what do you REALLY want to do this next year?

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