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Stop Downloading Your Resolutions

12/30/2013 01:53 pm 13:53:38 | Updated Mar 01, 2014
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How many resolutions do you have on your list this year?

How many did you have last year?

Seems that no matter how hard we try, less than 10 percent of us seem to be able achieve success with said resolutions.

Even worse, I'd argue... our global leadership seems equally afflicted... the proof being that despite best efforts, conferences, diplomacy, pledges and the like, our daily news -- full of killing, hatred, war, terrorism, violence and such... seems never to abate -- if anything it seems to spread.

And of course in tune with our digital world there are enough New Year's Resolution apps to ensure that as we fail to keep our self-made promises we can try and try again, leaving behind us a trail of thumbs-downs to mark our passage of trial and tribulation.

We are all in the same boat here. We write lists, download apps, employ coaches, engage our social networks -- bring all the external power we can to bear and somehow our resolutions seem so exciting and real when we make them that we see the pounds melt off in our mind's eye; we visualize promotions and wins; we imagine being nicer or more compassionate; we picture ourselves listening more, caring more...we want to believe...we want to succeed...yet....

So here is the thing -- let's try something new... no apps, no lists, no visualizations, conferences, coaches, Facebook and no empty promises.

Listen:

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." -- Abraham Lincoln

The beauty of it all is that we are on our own here... yes, encouragement helps -- always has; yes, peer pressure helps and hurts -- nothing new here -- but at the end of the day -- it's you...and you alone.

Enjoy the New Year -- enjoy success -- be empowered... because that is the most power you will ever have.

What do you think?