If you have the desire and the willpower, you can make the changes in your life. If things don't work out the first time, change the formula and eventually, your resolutions can come true.
I can't tell you how many times I have been at this same place in the path of life. The champagne has been poured, the horns blew, the drunks finding a small out of the way corner to rest, and the sun rises on a New Year. Now that the celebrations have stopped, it's time to quit your whining, roll up your socks, and get back in the ring -- just like you did back in November. The jig is up ... now back to work!
By now, several days after the beginning of the New Year, at least one of your resolutions have been flushed down the toilet. Don't worry about it. It happens. You have a bunch of other resolutions which you're going to give up on when the going gets tough. People hate change. If you can do it for at least two weeks, then you might have a chance to alter your lifestyle and make the change permanent.
That's what we're talking about today. People celebrate success because it is not easy to achieve it. Also, people put themselves in misery thinking about their failures. Most of the time, folks go all "retrospective" on what they could have, should have, would have, maybe have done differently to get on a different track towards success. Maybe they should think about it differently.
Life is about living. Seriously. Living life is inherently about taking chances. Trying to move out of your comfort zone and experiencing life. Not necessarily staring Death in the face while your spelunking, falling towards the Earth thinking, "Did I turn the oven off before heading out this morning?", but being responsible for yourself and your choices.
As many times there are successes, there are failures. You might say that there are more failures that you undergo than success. In the words of Rocky Balboa, "It's not about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward" (Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479143/taglines?ref_=tt_stry_tg).
During the occupation of Japan, there was a guy named W. Edwards Demming (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Edwards_Deming). He was brought over to Japan at the request of General Douglass McArthur to help with the 1951 Japanese Census. His specialty was quality control. He believed that improving quality would yield decreased expenses and increase productivity and market share through Statistical Product Control (SPC). Through SPC he provided Japan a way back to being a world power.
What he came up with is now known as the Demming Cycle (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDCA) which is constructed of:
- Plan = look at what when right and what went wrong
- Do = implement changes based on the plan
- Check = take metrics to see if the plan is working
- Act = permanently implement the changes
- Adjust = set the new baseline based on the changes
This is the same way we should think about New Years Resolutions. We know that some resolutions are easier to fail than others. When things go south, don't take the resolution off of the table. Learn what went wrong, make a plan, and implement the changes. If you have the desire and the willpower, you can make the changes in your life. If things don't work out the first time, change the formula and eventually, your resolutions can come true.