It is December 28th, and we are 3 days away from wishing each other a Happy New Year.
Ladies and gentlemen, I want to make the suggestion that you do not declare any new year resolutions this year.
You and I both know what happens when we declare a resolution. Within a few short weeks we’ve gone back to our old ways. I’m going to suggest that when one year turns over to the next there is one important question that we need to ask ourselves. The one important question is:
2016’s Most Important Question
If today were December 31st, 2016, what will my life look like? What do I want it to look like personally, professionally, physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually…what do I want my life to look like? And then you follow that question with what is the one thing I can do to make those things happen?
Ladies and gentlemen, businesses have strategic plans, but too often we don’t have a strategic plan for our life. What I think really must happen is that we disavow ourselves of any kind of notion of resolutions. Resolutions do fit, but not at the beginning of determining what our best year ever will look like.
Let me suggest that the most important need we all have is is to know what we want our life to look like and what we’ll do to move toward that life. If what you want is compelling for you; if your life looks uplifting, if it is something that engages you, if it is something that inspires you, if it is an idea that has grabbed hold of you and will not let go, you don’t need to worry about resolutions. You will be drawn toward it in powerful ways.
Too often we come to the new year thinking, thinking, thinking as opposed to feeling. We intellectualize our hopes and dreams. We need to stop “thinking” about our ideal life and start feeling what it would be like to live a flourishing life in 2016. Once we have that clarified, then we will make promises and we will set priorities that propel us forward.
Ladies and gentlemen, stop making New Years resolutions. Start envisioning a flourishing life that is so compelling for you that there is absolutely no way you could say no to it.
I also want to thank you for another 52 weeks of your engagement, your comments, your willingness to take a few minutes out of your single week and just devote yourself to living a more rewarding and enriching life. I am honored to be a part of your week. Thank you for joining me, and I really look forward to helping you flourish even more in 2016.
Happy New Year everyone!