Do you know why your New Year resolutions won’t come true?
As I write this, it is the day after Groundhog Day. It may seem about a month late to be talking about your New Year resolutions, goals and intentions. Yet many people will have already failed at their goals … barely one month into the year. Many others are still plugging along, waiting for the magic to happen …
But let’s get back to the groundhogs for a moment …
In case you missed it … the groundhogs were split in terms of predicting 6 more weeks of winter. Many did not see their shadow and so are predicting an early Spring.
However, the most famous of the groundhogs … Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil … did see his shadow and so we are to prepare for six more weeks of winter.
I came across a news story that explained that the Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — then winter will last another six weeks.
If no shadow is seen, then according to legend, Spring will come early.
Candlemas Day just so happens to mark the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. In pre-Christian times, the day would mark a festival known as the ‘Feast of Lights’ which celebrated the increase in strength of the life-giving sun as Winter gave way to Spring.
There … now you probably know more about Groundhog Day than any of your friends! 🙂
If you are like me, then you probably find the metaphors around the tradition fascinating … Groundhog Day really is about setting a new direction, rebirth, comebacks and second chances.
Do YOU believe in second chances?
Let me be honest with you … in many ways last year was far from my greatest. In fact, on a lot of levels, it sucked … there’s no other way to put it.
I won’t get into the particulars, but suffice it to say that it marked a personal and financial low point that left me wondering who I really am and what I want to be.
Which meant that I have to make a change if I want to set a different direction for 2012.
Which is all to say that if the past year for YOU wasn’t your greatest … if you have already broken your New Year Resolutions … or if you are not as prosperous and fulfilled as you would like to be …
… then, YOU need to start doing something differently, and you need to start now.
Why? Because all change and all progress begins with a single decision, a single action, a single YES!
You and I both know that no matter how good or bad your results were last year — you can always do better.
If you are like most people, you won’t make the decision to change what you are doing … which is why your 2012 resolutions, goals and dreams won’t come true.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of people and companies don’t take the time to plan for their future and they are instead simply plugging along with their heads down.
That’s what I was doing.
It’s similar to the pattern of Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, in the movie Groundhog Day.
But, instead of repeating the same day over and again, both companies and people seem to repeat the same outlook, approach, and strategies.
Is it any surprise that they repeat the same results?
So, if any of this feels relevant to you — and it must feel relevant since you are still reading — use this timing around Groundhog day as your personal commitment to and celebration for better, warmer, more prosperous days ahead.
It is important to recognize that change is very difficult to accomplish on your own.
And so my invitation to you is to seek help … from someone or somewhere.
Find a coach, a mentor, a program, a book, a video … something … to help you specifically identify the changes you wish to make and set a path for implementing them.
It’s the single most important step you can take right now and the degree of change that is possible in the next 100 days as a result of taking that step is staggering.
If you want to find a program that can help you with this, I recommend this one.
So now that you know why your New Year resolutions won’t come true, what are you going to do about it? If you are looking to change your results for 2012, what one decision are you going to make today to help you set a new course?
Consider it carefully because this will be perhaps the most important decision you will make this year.
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