You know it and I know it.
We both know it, and yet, year after hopeless year, you waste five minutes out of your crazy New Year’s Eve celebration and think about what you want to change in the coming year. We both know there is not a snow ball’s chance in h-e-double-hockey-stick you’re going to keep your New Year’s resolutions. I mean, the numbers are simply stacked against you. Let’s put it this way: if you were one of a dozen eggs in a carton, only one egg would be in tact after the other eggs broke their resolutions, and what are the odds you would be that lucky one?
Seriously, if you’re one of the 75 million Americans who made a New Year’s resolutions, you might as well just go ahead and walk away from that pipe dream right now. Head on over to the mirror, look yourself in the face and repeat after me: “I will not follow through with my resolutions, and I refuse from this point to believe (or pretend) that it matters to me.”
It’s odd we call them resolutions. I would imagine most people who make them probably don’t really know what the word resolute means? Some better choices would be “wishes” or “fantasies” or “the lottery”. You might just be more likely to win the lottery or get struck by lightning than to lose any weight this year.
Feeling the love yet?
You know, there is a better way, and it involves a simple little principle all of us can remember and all of us can do. Are you ready for it? All you need to do is be excellent today. Read that last line one more time. Now read it out load to yourself. Now go write it down on a piece of paper.
I would dare to say that this one choice – the choice to be excellent today – is the most significant choice a person can make to impact their success, regardless of what they do for a living. The great Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, spoke of this principle when he said, “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
Instead of trying to stick to that pathetic old rewrapped New Year’s resolution you probably came up with after downing one-too-many, start your year – no, start your day – with a commitment to be excellent today. And then do it tomorrow. And do it the next day, and the next day, and the next…