Happy New Year~
We’ve all made it through another year, finishing our year with friends and family….eating more than we wanted to eat, as we celebrated the joyous holy-day with loved ones, and then again as we brought in the new year. It was funny to listen to my friends and family during the year end gatherings, talking about their new year resolutions. I’ve lived long enough to hear the rhetoric and lofty ideas people have about the changes they plan to make, come January 1st. Some of the top resolutions, are yearly repeats: lose weight, get out of debt, hit the gym 3-4 times each week, spend more time with family, etc. Most people fizzle within a few weeks, if they last that long in hanging on to their resolutions.
Well, I actually haven’t made any resolutions in the past decade or so. My colleagues and I, on the MKMMA journey, were all directed not to make any new year resolutions. Do they really work? Who do we think we’re fooling? We have 365 days to ‘become’ what we really want to become, but we waste 11 1/2 months not giving it much thought until another year ends. Are we ‘resolved’ to be or do something? Or, are we going to play the ‘new year’s resolutions’ game again?
This post has ‘week 14’ in its title, which reminds me that I’ve been learning and employing new habits into my daily routine, that are focused on the things I want to accomplish in my life. Just to think about the things that I want, is a major change in my thinking. Just to think that six years ago, when two people on separate occasions, asked me what it was I wanted in my life…….and I didn’t have an answer. That question hit me like a ton of bricks, smack dab on the cerebral cortex! I knew this was a question that I needed to find the answer to. Well, today I am resolved to accomplish my definite major purpose in life. Anything worthwhile in life, doesn’t just happen. If it’s worthwhile, it’s worth the investment of time needed to see it materialize.
The Strangest Secret~
We were given an assignment to read ‘The Strangest Secret’ by Earl Nightingale. I found it on YouTube and enjoyed listening to Earl Nightingale’s recording, and have read the printed version of it a couple times this week. I’d like to share some of the nuggets which he learned and shared with millions. When Earl was a young lad, he had a strong desire to learn the answer to the question, “How can a person, starting from scratch, who had no particular advantage in the world, reach the goals that he feels are important to him, and by so doing, make a major contribution to others?” Isn’t that a great question? That’s a question of interest to me and most likely to many people. Earl discovered that only 5 out of 100 individuals will become successful, even though all set out to become successful. What happened to their dreams? Why do 95% fail? His answer? Most people conform to the status quo, leaving their dreams in the dust. He quoted Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who said, “Men simply don’t think!” This is one of the biggest errors a person can make in life…..to stop thinking, or to think about the wrong things!
What is the strangest secret, that Earl Nightingale realized? It is this, we become what we think about. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” The things we think about, define us. We become what we think about. It becomes important to those who wish to succeed in their endeavors, to ask, ‘What is it I think about most?’ Norman Vincent Peale said, “If you think in negative terms, you will get negative results. If you think in positive terms, you will achieve positive results.” The law of sowing and reaping is always in effect. Our mind is like a farmer’s land, and it will grow whatever we plant in it…..good or bad. Why not dwell on the things that will make a difference in your life and in others lives? To have something different than the 95%, you must do something different with the time you have. Start thinking about what it is you want to do in life, and make that the focus of your thoughts. Be resolved each and every day, not just at the end of the year, to achieve your definite major purpose in life.
Our success in life is measured by the quality and quantity of the service we render. Success is not the result of making money. Earning money is the result of success, and it is in direct proportion to the service we render. Are you resolved to succeed in your endeavors? It all begins with understanding the ‘strangest secret’ that our life will manifest the things that we think about. What are you thinking about? What are the positive contributions your life will render?