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This is where we’re obligated to wish everyone a joyous and prosperous new year, but the truth is, there are too many of us who place too much emphasis on wishing, and not enough doing.
Excuse the harsh tone, but take a look at the old tradition of waiting for Jan.1 to start working on what is commonly referred to as the New Year’s Resolution. It’s a plan, or a promise to ourselves, that we’re going to improve in some form or capacity. The two most common of those promises usually focuses on the want to save more money, and the need to lose weight. When you think about it, they kind of go hand in hand. But, as some studies have suggested, these promises are often broken by February. Business Insider states 80 percent of resolutions fail before spring. By the end of the year, only 8 percent manage to keep their promise.
We are of a society where resources are rich and ambitions are poor. Yes, we want what is best for ourselves and our families, but there is the discipline that is always required in seeing your goals through to the end.
Take a step back and recognize the old saying of how the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. We look at what we have with disdain while looking upon our neighbors and wishing we had it as easy. But, that’s a fallacy we don’t recognize.
Should you decide to promise yourself that you will improve, that you will save money, that you will lose weight, then you need to talk to your neighbor.
In this case, we suggest picking a mentor who has been in your shoes and can coach you along the way. This mentor, as you see him or her today, looks like they have it easier than you. However, you fail to see the sacrifices and the struggle that wages within their battle to succeed. It’s a daily fight, but we always focus our attention on what we choose to see.
So, instead, we wish you the strength and resolve to win your battles.
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.