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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 everyone else.

Why do we fail? When the challenges appear, our enthusiasm flees.

I have a few helpful suggestions to help you move toward your goals in the face of challenges.

  1. Anticipate the challenges you will face. You know yourself. You know your vulnerabilities. List the expected difficulties.
  2. 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.
  3. Regularly read inspirational material. Such reading can help you maintain your confidence and your resolve. Try to read some inspiring material every day.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 race.
  6. 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 ultimate achievement.

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. David DeFord

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. Stephen Covey

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. Margaret Thatcher

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