HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Here we are – facing a Happy New Year!

Now, I know a lot of people around the new year have
spent time making resolutions to finding solutions
to things that weren’t quite so right last year.
A new year…
What better time for a fresh start, right?

Well, my optimistic friend, let’s ignore
the many statistics that show how many
people do NOT keep their resolutions -
and never mind those nasty numbers
that show a third have given up before
January has flipped its final page.
You and I will just keep our blinders on,
as half of those other guys fall by the
wayside in the resolution race!

But, before you dig in your new cleats,
be ready to answer some questions, like;

What’s different?
What’s new about this year?
What’s changed from last year?
Why will this year be different than last year?
What will happen this year
that didn’t happen last year?
Did you say the same thing LAST year
about the year you just finished?

If you find your brain stuttering and stumbling for an answer,
you’re not alone. I mean, let’s face it… simply because we
turned a page on a calendar did not give us magic powers,
did not produce a winning lottery ticket, nor make us smarter,
better-looking, stronger, wittier, luckier, funnier, or better.
Flipping the page on a calendar gave us nothing
that the day before DIDN’T HAVE OR LACK.

Hold on.
Allow me to repeat the great news
that you just read and probably missed:

Flipping the page on a calendar
gave us nothing
that the day before
DIDN’T HAVE OR LACK.

I am happy – ecstatic really, that you
honestly believe that somehow this
year will be THE year where things
will be different and that THIS is
going to be YOUR year to shine.
Because that says you
have hope that it can.
That’s the spark.
That’s the first step!

Next, be extra UN-ordinary to
make the extraordinary happen,
because the new year
won’t bring you more
than you bring to it.

Remember—
the answers to those questions I asked
earlier are going to open up doors for you -
if you answer honestly, and are willing to
act with intention toward their achievement.

The best things this year
will be created by YOU,
a result of both what you do,
and how you are being.

Keep in mind, the same brain and brawn that
didn’t see your resolutions through last year,
are still right here with you now; ready to
follow the familiar patterns you know so well.
If that happens, and you do the same things
you did before, be ready to join those 50%
who have failed and/or given up on their
New Year’s resolutions before July comes calling.

If you keep doing
what you’ve always done,
you’ll keep getting
what you’ve always got.

The numbers on a calendar do not make the year,
and the many moments of our lives are not marked.
Each come to us as the other -
to see what we make of them,
and what we are made of.

I do wish you a very Happy New Year,
except, don’t stop at just wishes—
stretch yourself to create,
not only a great year—
but a great Life…

You deserve it.