There’s no shortage of ways to increase health & overall happiness… only a shortage of resolve to make it happen. -Sean Patrick Flanery
Listen, I know the flavor of the day is to proclaim the “5 most deadly secrets that…”,or “the 6 most revered traits of…” blah blah blah. I know that that headline gets people’s attention. Well, the truth is I actually don’t have five. But, I do have ONE that I think holds the weight of five.
Okay, this is probably going to hurt.
We’re all friends here, so don’t lie to me. More importantly, don’t lie to yourself. If health is a goal this year, then commit. BUT, only do so if you know of no road bumps sufficient to sway you from your path. I don’t like liars, and I despise people that lie to themselves even more.
First off, let’s all acknowledge that “intentions” are bullshit. No one cares about what you “intended” to do. They only care about what you DO. If you’ve decided to make a new years “intention” to get healthy, then save your voice and go eat an Oreo. A new year’s RESOLUTION involves “resolve” and is an absolute promise to yourself. It’s a commitment that will not be denied. It’s making a claim to accomplish something that you will pursue in a unidirectional vector until permanent capture. It’s that “pinky swear” to your best friend when you were nine that you’d DIE before going back on. It’s that “so help me God” that you uttered when you had absolute knowledge of not only your intention, but your ability to fulfill it as well. It’s that “on my life” that you use when you will go to any ends to convince someone of your truth… because you know it as such. In short… it IS the truth.
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The problem, however, is that most people that use the term “resolution” are pretending to know something that they don’t know. For example, the sentence “this tree will live to be a hundred years old”… is simply a guess for the first ninety-nine. Resolve, you see, is defined by it’s future, not it’s present. A true resolve involves a commitment to directing every single action of every single day toward a specific & desired result. A resolve will accept nothing if not the necessary ends. If you have truly made a resolution toward a specific goal, then you will relentlessly and purposefully pursue that goal all the way to finality. If not… then you have a new years “intention”. Be very careful about proclaiming something a resolution, because you just might make a liar of yourself. And if even YOU lie to yourself, you certainly can’t expect others to be true. And “truth” is what get’s us through the day.
Intention knows history… but only RESOLVE can see the future.
Your resolve is there. It’s always been there. But, it needs an authentication code to be activated, just like a piece of software. Write it down so you don’t lose it. The code is: “necessary”. If you think it’d be “neat” to lose weight and get healthy… go get another Oreo, because I can tell you right now that you will fail. When health becomes an absolute NECESSITY to you… then there is nothing that will stand in your way. Nothing. Unfortunately, “necessary” usually comes to people too late. We’ve all heard the phrase “he’s just not ready to change”. Well, there WILL be a time when everyone realizes that change is necessary. My job is to ensure that this realization arrives before it’s “sell by” date… and everyone has one.
There is a very good psychological reason why CANCER is the leading cure for smoking… and that reason is incredibly sad.
The most precious gift you can give to anyone is your time. It’s time to give it to yourself.
So, I’m asking for a favor. I’m asking for everyone to put the “resolve” back in resolution… because somewhere along the line sucking at fulfilling a promise became the norm. And THAT norm needs to find a garbage can.
Let’s throw some resolve back in, and see OUR trees go to 100!
Is anything worth having easy…NO. Is good health worth having…YES. Resolve to endure. Resolve to endure whatever it takes. Resolve to endure for YOU. You are worth it. It will SUCK, but I pinky swear on my life and so help me God and may lightening strike me blah blah blah, IT WILL BE WORTH IT. And THAT is an absolute truth that will not only get you through this day, and the next, and the next, but all the way until… tomorrow.
Alright, plug in the code and let’s get started. Write your resolve down in the comments for all the world to hear, and throw your intentions in the trash!
Happy 2014, everyone!! God bless & Godspeed.
SHINE!!!! …until tomorrow.