Every New Year, it’s the same thing.
The ball drops, we sing Auld Lang Syne (which most people don’t really know the words to) and we hug and kiss those that are dear to us.
And then come the resolutions.
I’m going to try to quit smoking.
I’m going to try to lose weight.
I’m going to try to exercise more.
I’m going to try to quit my job and start my own business.
I’m going to try to spend more time with my wife/husband/kids/friends
I’m going to try to … yada yada yada… the list goes on.
Personally, I don’t see a point in making resolutions.
A resolution is a decision, but unless it comes from the center of our being, it’s not a decision we can follow through with. This is why most resolutions fail.
Or as the great Muppet sage of Star Wars once said:
We can’t “try” to do things. A resolution that is going to find it’s way to victory is a decision that matters so much to us that “trying” isn’t an option. Trying usually just sets us up for failure. At least then we can say “well, I tried.”
Succeeding is the only option.
Unfortunately, most of the time we want that extra piece of pie MORE than we want to lose weight.
We want that hour relaxing on the sofa MORE than we want to get up and go for a walk.
We want “me” time more than we want to pick up the phone and call a sibling or parent.
We want what we want more than the thing that we SAY we want. Our true desires are revealed by our real behavior.
As I look back on my life, I recognize that the real, lasting, significant changes occurred NOT when I made a resolution, but when I had an inner REVOLUTION!
A revolution of the soul is an inner change so earthshaking that it forever transforms who you are.
In my case, the real revolutions have led to changes in every area that matters… physically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally and in business.
In 2010, I didn’t resolve to lose weight and get fit. I DECIDED to do it. I knew from the moment I have made the decision that I would succeed. It was just a matter of time.
What resolutions are you making for the coming year? Are you wholeheartedly, fully-committed to seeing them through? If not, you are setting yourself up for failure. It will make for great water cooler talk about how your have broken your resolutions.
What you REALLY need for the coming year is a REVOLUTION.
What do you really want to accomplish? How badly do you want it? What sacrifices will you make to get there? And do you believe that you will get there or are you just going to try?
When you make a decision and can visualize it as good as done (and believe that to be the case), you have won the hardest part of the battle. Believing it with your whole heart (because the result is what your whole heart really longs for) is the hardest part of the battle. The rest is just following through on what you already knew you were going to do.
It’s time to put away the resolutions. What youneed is an inner revolution.
Let the revolution begin!
Please share the revolutions that are stirring within you in the comments field below. I love to hear from you and support you on your journey.