Reflect on the Old Year

hMany people make New Year’s resolutions.  Many of those who make resolutions do not achieve them.

I think one reason is that many of us do not reflect on the old year.  What did we do?  Why did we do it?  Did our decisions and actions achieve the results we wanted?  If not, what could we have done differently?

If you truly want to achieve your goals for 2015, I suggest you first think very strongly and clearly about 2014.  Use that knowledge to develop goals and plans for 2015.

May you achieve everything you want in 2015!

Greatest Risk

hGreatest Risk (Video)

I think the greatest risk we can take in our lives is not taking responsibility for ourselves, for our lives.

Unfortunately, I know too many people who do not want to take responsibility for themselves, for their choices, for their actions.  They expect other people to bail them out of trouble, to take care of them, to provide for them, to just give them what they want.

I know others who do not really expect other people to take responsibility, but they seem to think that if they sit around and wish for what they want, it will magically happen.

The only sure way to get what we want out of life is to take responsibility for making it happen.  Other people might give us what we want.  Or they might not.  The only way to make sure we do get what we want is to make it happen ourselves.  And that means hard work and dedication.

Are you taking full responsibility for your life?

Here is a simple test.  When something goes wrong, do you take responsibility for it or do you try to blame someone else?  When you try to blame someone else, you are trying to pass on your responsibility.  When you analyze what went wrong and what you could have done differently, you are taking responsibility.

Whatever you want out of life, it is your responsibility to make it happen.

No One Right Way

No One Right Way (Video)

hI have spent much of my life searching for the one right way to do things.  What I have found is that usually there is no one right way.  There are usually many right ways.

To determine the best way, first determine what outcomes you want.

Second, analyze the parameters of the situation.

Third, determine what methods you could use to accomplish the results you want.

From there, determine which way is the best one given all the information you have.

Keep your mind open to the different ways that you can address a situation.  There may be many right ones.