This year, I will

Success is the sum of small efforts — repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier 1885 – 1950 As the old year winds down, people seem naturally drawn to two activities. The first is looking back on the old year with a bit of remorse for all the things they’d planned (and failed) to do. The second is looking forward to the fresh New Year and promising, “This year, I’ll ___________.” My guess is you’ve probably done these things already. But if history is any guide, we won’t be far into the New Year before your plans start to …
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New Year’s Resolutions

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 Once again, it’s the time of the year when people make New Year’s resolutions, typically promising to eat better, shed weight, reduce debt or generally improve their lives. I’ve often suggested that this practice is counter-productive. Since most people who make resolutions end up making the same ones year after year, this cycle of making and breaking resolutions undermines their ability to keep promises to themselves. In the past, I’ve given specific tips on making …
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Resolutions

I fear that many a man’s good resolutions only need the ordinary fire of daily life to make them melt away. Charles Spurgeon 1834 – 1892 Once again, it’s the time of year when a large percentage of people make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, only a small percent of resolutions are actually kept. In my opinion, it’s better not to make resolutions if you belong to the ranks of those who simply can’t keep them. It’s too easy to develop a mindset of failure. If we consistently make and then break resolutions, we learn and accept that we don’t keep …
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