Sam is like most people. Sam might remind you of YOU? It’s new year’s eve 2007 in the most beautifully strong country on Earth … Scotland. The time; 11:47pm. Only a few hours ago Sam had revealed his ‘resolve’ or resolutions for the coming new year.
Out with the old ways, in with the new. While Sam revealed his new resolve for 2008 he looked sounded and appeared determined he would reach his aspirations, hope and dreams. After all it was a new year! One by one, Sam and his 9 friends all shared what their new year would look like and what they wanted to become. 10, 9, 8, 7, … 3, 2, 1… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Fireworks served to fuel the passion and dreams. This was an exciting night for Sam. After a very late night Sam woke up around 1:15pm on New Years Day. He was supposed to be at his parents but he can’t make it, Sam has a terrible hangover. He stays in bed. Here comes another year thinks Sam as he lies there almost helpless with brain-pain! 7 days pass. Then 14 days go by. Then 21 days. Before Sam realizes he is preparing for summer. 5 short months had flown by. Sam meets his friends again, the first time since new years eve. One friend asks the group … “c’mon then … who stuck to their New Years Resolutions then?” As they went around the table when one at a time, each revealing his/her failed resolutions. Something was taking place in Sam as each spoke. Suddenly like a bolt of reality -injection Sam realized he would never reach his resolutions. Like all of them Sam had high hopes. Now more than ever Sam felt doomed to failure unless … … he had a REVOLUTION in his life.
What is going on here? Let me explain. When we make a resolution that actually means we are resolved to follow something through. However words can be spoken very easily. So the ‘resolve’ has to take place inside of you at a much deeper level. For example a smoker might try dozens of times to stop over the years. All attempts are failed. Why? Because most attempts are based on the wrong or a weak decision to stop in the first place. The smoker might try and stop due to cash problems but the addiction is too much to make it happen. The smoker might stop under family pressure but again, the reason for stopping is weak and feeble and doomed to failure. And then … The smoker goes to the Dr.. He tells the smoker that he has the start of a chronic disease that will kill him in two years or less. Despite the fact he is now under a death sentence … he stops smoking in that very moment! But how can he stop when he isn’t smoking in the surgery? He stops in his heart. He has made his resolve and it has taken a massive shock to force the change. Will you make a new years resolution or experience a news years revolution? That’s up to you. Here is what I have seen and you have probably seen also. 99% of new years resolutions are not worth the breath used to say them. They rarely come to anything. They are fruitless trees in a waterless desert. This new years eve what will you be setting you to resolve for 2009? No debt? No recession? No more smoking? No more unhappiness? No more inner battles? No more struggles? What will be your resolve for 2009? Whatever it will be you need to understand this. Sometimes a take a revolution to make change really happen? My eldest son Christian has a DVD series on the century 1900 – 2000. It is brilliant.
I was shocked but left agasp to watch the DVD about the Russian revolution. Massive, gigantic, mountainous change that began with a seed of thought and spread like locusts over a whole nation. If you want change in 2009 do yourself a favor. Ask yourself this simple question. Will most people that you know be making a new years resolution on December 31st? Then ask this … Will most that you know stick to that resolve? If you answered NO … STOP doing what everyone else is doing. New years resolutions are a sheep-like sentence that comes from the mouth never the heart! It’s clearly a recipe for failure and for the first time in your life … … create your first NEW YEARS REVOLUTION … and be your own change! 2009 … Vive la RÃ©volution Has this helped or even irritated you? I’d love to know.
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Alan Forrest Smith