Before I start this message, I have to qualify it by saying that it
isn’t for everyone. This message is ONLY for people that wanted to
excel in their lives (personally and professionally) and are
courageous enough to look inside themselves to make tough decisions
that’ll affect the direction of their lives in the upcoming year.
Once again, we’re about to see the ending of another year. And for
those of us lucky enough to see it end, the year was filled with
many experiences (both good and bad) that made us stronger people.
Now that the new year’s upon us, we all have to make some tough
decisions about what comes with you into the new year and what
stays behind in 2008.
If we have the guts to be honest with ourselves, the ability to
perform critical self-analysis, and accept the reality of what we
find, each of us will find that we have people, places, things, and
habits that slowed us down in 2008.
And if we don’t do anything to change it, that same dead weight
will slow us down in 2009.
Sounds simple, right? But here’s the problem.
The toughest thing for most people to be is honest with themselves,
especially when honest assessments and decisions appear to be
“mean-spirited” or hurt someone else’s feelings.
We can love friends, family, teammates, mentors, and even
significant others for what they’ve done for us in the past and
possibly the future. But if those same people have more of a
negative effect on your life NOW than a positive one, why would you
think holding on to them will make next year any better than this
We all MUST have the courage to love those people and behaviors
that work against us either from a distance or by removing them
from our lives completely. To ignore the issue or to act as if
they don’t endanger your future is cowardly on your part and very
likely to ruin the upcoming year and all its promise before you
even have a chance to go after your dreams.
Bottom line: NOW is the time to decide what kind of year 2009 will
be for you: a fresh start… or last year’s dead weight?