New You

I’ve often wondered why people make New Year resolutions.  I’m questioning a practice that only 8% of people who make them are able to keep them. According to Stephen Shapiro who did a study and published such statistics, 24%  never succeed and have failed on every resolution every year. That means that 3 out of 4 people almost never succeed.  If the percentage is so low, why make them?

My theory is most humans are hopeful that things will be different; and there’s nothing wrong with that.  Many years ago I stopped making resolutions; however during my devotional time this morning I decided to do something different.  I decided to reinvent myself in 2012.  This coming year I want to be different than I’ve been in my life so far.  Well, some will say that will happen anyway because of the many external influences that will affect me internally.  I thought about that.  What I really want to do is totally control the reinvention of myself and start pushing the envelope further than I ever have so far.

I enjoy speaking, writing and I love people; within this triangle reside my greatest potential.  This year I want to have better conversations with myself.  One of the Achilles’ heel of both successful and unsuccessful people are their inner negative conversations.  There’s a direct correlation between who you are with yourself and your level of success in life.  For the purpose of this writing, I do not equate success with physical possessions, but with emotional and psychological peace.  So many people look successful on the outside yet are not very nice to live with and they don’t like themselves very much.

The new me must like itself more than it does now and must treat people nicer than it does now.  The new me must be aware of how he comes across to other people by allowing others to tell him when he messes up.  The new me will not allow itself to get defensive when the truth hits too close to home.  The new me will reinvent his inner world to improve his outer world.  Wow, that’s a lot of work!

During my meditative state this morning, I came up with a simple approach.  I decided to start with one small thing.  I gave some thought to the one thing that bothers me the most about me and I decided to start with that.  I will talk to friends and experts; I will converse with those who really like me and those who don’t.  I will ask a lot of questions about this one thing and I will work on it and improve before moving on to the next issue.

What about you?  Are you totally happy with you?  If you are, please drop me a note and tell me how you got there.  If not, which part of you are you willing to take a serious look at and start working on and welcome a new you.  Maybe we can do this together and throughout the year update each other on how we are doing.  This is better than a resolution.  It’s a revolution.

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