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New Year’s Resolutions Out the Door

Toss the Resolutions Out

On this last day of 2007, you may be thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. Several people have said to me, “I’m not going to make any New Year’s Resolutions this year. They always fail.” Have you made your list based on guilt and regrets? How about throwing that list out the door and trying a new approach for 2008?

This time last year I was busy and completely missed making my New Year’s resolutions. Then about February, I started a notebook of things I wanted to accomplish. I had it going strong into March until I flew to New York City. Somehow, my notebook apparently was left on the airplane. This has never happened to me before, and I was heartsick at losing special thoughts and plans. Then I remembered the author of those plans was me. While trying to recapture the exact words, my mind stretched to bigger possibilities and new ways of looking at things.

Let’s take a new approach on January 1, 2008 to making New Year’s resolutions.

Dream Your Plan

When NBCF was in its infancy and no one knew or cared that we existed, I was watching TV one day and heard a man by the name of Les Brown talk about living your dream. I was inspired to realize that every plan starts with a dream. If your plan was prepackaged and set on your doorstep, you would likely take it for granted and overlook the possibilities of the plan that had not yet been conceived.
Since that time I have heard Les Brown speak on several occasions in person and have found him to have one of the most magnetic personalities I have ever witnessed. He can walk into a room and gather the entire room into his arms with a few words.

You may think he was so lucky being a gifted man who fell into his talents, but that is not the case. Les and his twin brother were abandoned at the age of six weeks in an old warehouse. A woman found them and took them into her home. Every day of his life, she told Les he was special and taught him to dream. Les Brown today is one of the most sought after professional speakers in America.

If you are trying to recapture your life from the effects of breast cancer, start with a dream. Dream about what you want to happen in your life.

Think Your Plan

I overheard a man say a few days ago, “My resolution for 2008 is to slow down.” At a time when life is speeding up around you, slowing down may seem impossible. Start with learning the art of thinking. John Maxwell has written an engaging book called Thinking For a Change. Maxwell says, “When I found a place to think my thoughts, my thoughts found a place in me.”

Do you have a thinking place? Is there a place in your home where you can be alone and have time to think? Your thinking place can be a chair, a section of a room, a patio, a place and a time of day that you devote to your thoughts.

Write Your Plan

Here’s where the resolutions get on paper. Combine your dreams with a realistic action plan. Cover all areas of your life… spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, relationships… you fill in the blanks. Where will your dreams take you? When you formulate your action plan, lay your new resolutions out on 3×5 index cards. Each card should have a resolution, a declaration of success for that resolution, and action steps, including time-lines. Keep your resolutions in front of you to daily review in your thinking place.

Live Your Plan

Whatever difficulties you are dealing with, find the joy of living by dreaming your plan, thinking your plan, writing your plan, and daily taking steps to fulfill your plan. Now, get busy and start writing out your New Year’s Resolutions.

Thought for Today

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but for potential.” Ellen Goodman

Live Life,


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