I think New Year’s resolutions are a good idea. It’s a new year. We have a new mindset so why not set some goals for self-improvement?
Many people don’t. They think they’ll break them so what’s the point? The point is - you try. And if you fail, you try again. Being afraid to fail is being afraid of life.
I attended a Wealth Management Expo two years ago. Not because I want to be wealthy, but because - Sylvester Stallone was there and I really wanted to see him in person. He is a self-made success story but, the other six speakers all had great stories of having nothing and making something of themselves. The line that was repeated was, “I failed nine times, but the tenth time was a success.” Most people don’t have the energy or faith to try again or start over. Maybe they're embarrassed. Or lazy? Or something.
The “failing nine times” is inspiring to me. If the greats fail, then I shouldn’t be afraid to fail.
So, I set my resolution goals with that in mind. If I fail, I won’t give up - I'll start again. What’s the alternative? To never improve? I don’t want to be that guy.
Here are the things I resolve to work on this year.
I’m going to check my list every couple of months to see how I’m doing. If I’m not doing as well as I hope to, then I’ll get a bit more serious about the “delay”.
Happy new year!