This week several people told me the same thing I hear ever year at this time. “I am going to begin doing this and accomplish this.” This year my response has been, “Probably not.” The immediate look on people’s faces is one that screams, “Why so discouraging?” Once I see the look I say, “Unless you care a whole lot, more than you care about anything else, you will not accomplish this change.” The look of discouragement turns to one of deep contemplation. The fact of the matter is that the majority of people who set resolutions have already broken them.
Without a deep conviction, solid plan, and people around you to support you, the chances are slim that anything is going to change. Over the past two decades, I have been involved in the business of change, and it is the most challenging work. What can you learn from reading this? Acknowledge that what you are trying to accomplish is going against the grain of what you have always done. To accomplish change will take every bone in your body. Let’s face it; you are trying to become somebody you are currently not. You are trying to give birth to a new you. Women have told me that giving birth is the most painful thing they have ever gone through. Are you willing to endure this kind of effort to give birth to a new you?