Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Another New Year

* Please Note* Yes, I have been away for a while but hopefully the obstacles that blocked my path I have gotten rid of never to get in my way again. Consider me back in the saddle as the saying goes.

How many times have you wished that the new year you are entering will be different from the last one? You tell yourself this time things will get better. You promise that this time you will work harder. You pray and pray that just once you want things to look upward and not downward. Did it ever occur to you that some things are simply out of your hands?

Yes, you do control yourself but you can’t possibly control anything else. The only thing you can do is change you, not the rest of the world. Understand that you must accept that no matter how much work you put into changing yourself, you cannot and never could change the rest of the world. Too often we as humans think that if we change our surroundings, our thoughts, and our beliefs, things will automatically get better for us. Ha! That is a pipe dream.

Here is what you can do and why it is the only thing that will work for you. First, yes, change the way you look at the world. Do what you have to do for yourself but don’t expect others to follow and/or agree with your actions. Surround yourself with those who are positive toward you. The old saying “step out the box” is what you will find you will have to do. Get out of your comfort zone because it obviously hasn’t been working for you up to now.

Second, make a plan and write it down. Now this plan should not be something out of your reach. It should be a step plan. This means that each step should follow the one before it. You can’t move onto the “B” part of the plan if you haven’t completed the “A” part. Make sure the plan begins with steps you can accomplish. For example, don’t start out saying you are going to make $20,000 this year if you haven’t figured out what you have to offer the rest of the world. Come up with a product, service, or a combination of both first. Afterwards, know how you will market and sell it. Now you will have a plan that you can visualize and it just might work.

Say it is more education you desire? Can you go back to school without knowing what you want to study? Can you study at a higher level without knowing what school teaches it? I don’t think so. This is why I say the only thing you can change is you.

Get yourself in the drive gear to change the year ahead for your betterment. Then commit to what you desire and starting driving in that direction. If you find no one wants to help, drop them. It may sound cruel but it is the only way you will reach your goal. Those who don’t as the young folk say “have yo back,” then your new year dreams are doomed before you even begin them. Step out of your comfort zone, make a plan, commit to it and watch things turn out better this year than it was the last one. I’ll be praying for you.

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