“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” ~ George Washington Carver
Each New Years Eve thousands of people like you and me make resolutions to better their life. Whether it is to get healthier, accomplish a goal, to learn something new or to enjoy life more. We all want to make a change for the better in some way.
If you had the chance to ask these people how they were doing with their resolution just six weeks after the beginning of the New Year, you would find more than half of them either lost sight of their resolution or never made a real effort to begin it in the first place.
The number one reason for this is that change of any magnitude that takes some effort becomes too difficult for one reason or another and we easily justify to ourselves the reasons for not following through.
A couple of years ago I came across a little book titled “This year I will…” by M.J.Ryan. The book centers on the fact that people will get inspired to make a change in their life, but they become frustrated and lose the momentum to keep moving forward.
The book is a well written, practical and it that gives insight into why people find it so hard to make a change in their life. It actually explains what they can do about this to become more successful in reaching their goals no matter what they are.
One thing that I have always found interesting is the fact that people will make a New Year’s resolution, and when they start struggling to keep it they just stop. They do not try to make another effort to begin.
Resolutions can be made and re-made each day. We tend to make it harder for ourselves than necessary to reach our goals. When we drop the ball on our goal we can just pick the ball up and start again.
The important thing is that we keep trying to reach those goals that we would like to reach and not let failure or slip-ups stop us.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
~ Winston Churchill