by David DeFord
Comedian Joey Bishop once said “May all your troubles
last as long as your New Year’s Resolutions.” Like most
comedy, this line is based in truth.
Today, the health clubs overflow with enthusiastic patrons
with dreams of better health, and smaller dress and pants
sizes. Newspaper ads offer treadmills and workout clothes.
Grocery store ads tout salads rather than fried chicken.
In two weeks the ads and the health clubs will return to
normal—steaks, big screen TVs, mp3 players, and the
never-ending mobile phones.
We get so excited about our new resolutions. We plan. We
purchase gear. We are sure we will succeed this time.
Yet, too often, we drop away from our plans just like
Why do we fail? When the challenges appear, our
I have a few helpful suggestions to help you move toward
your goals in the face of challenges.
- Anticipate the challenges you will face. You know
yourself. You know your vulnerabilities. List the
- Now that you have your list of upcoming challenges,
identify what you will do to overcome them. How will
you answer the little devil whispering in your left ear
urging you to surrender? List these responses.
- Regularly read inspirational material. Such reading can
help you maintain your confidence and your resolve.
Try to read some inspiring material every day.
- Keep a record of your progress. By logging your
movement, or lack thereof, you will know which
direction you are heading. Record your progress at
least twice per week. I prefer every other day.
- Don’t give up if you have a period of backsliding.
Recognize your failing and make adjustments to your
plan if necessary. But don’t give up the struggle. Get
back on the horse after falling off, you will win the
- Celebrate your successes-even the small ones. Simple
rewards give you some immediate gratification even
when the final goal is still months or years from
You will face challenges before you achieve your 2007 goals.
How you face those challenges will make all the difference
in your celebrations a year from now.
The value of a thing lies in the cost of attaining it.
Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender;
it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.
I am never down. I am either up or getting up!
John C. Maxwell
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually
make anything. Theodore Roosevelt
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
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By the way, there's no hype in that paragraph. That's
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