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    Resolution

    Lots of folks this time of year are contemplating their new year’s resolutions. The desire to improve our lives and/or become a better person is a laudable impulse. It’s too bad that for many of us this is the only time of year we resolve to take action and work on self-improvement. And as we know all too well most new year’s resolutions falter after only a few weeks; we don’t lose the weight, we don’t quit smoking, or we fail to get those home improvement projects promptly done as we so earnestly promised ourselves we would. By mid-February we are once again following the path of least resistance and operating under the mindless autopilot of old habits; our resolutions patiently wait on a forgotten shelf in the back of our minds until we blow the dust and cobwebs off them the same time next year.

    If it is desire that initially causes our resolutions to be born it is lack of self-discipline that sends them to the grave. The Big Question therefore becomes how do we acquire sufficient self-discipline to achieve our new year’s resolutions (or for that matter any other resolution)? Anyone have any success stories to share or lights along the path to help others on their way?
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    It is all pain and pleasure. Once a person realizes that while change and discipline may be lightly painful, in the long run it would provide much more pleasure than staying where you are in life. More so, failure is only possible with a lack of action in that even not achieving your goal will provide knowledge and education which could propel a person to greatness and success.

    Unfortunately, most people don’t take any action until the pain of where they are become so unbearable that any change would provide the pleasure they search for.
    Not my monkey, not my circus. - Old Polish Proverb

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    It is all pain and pleasure. Once a person realizes that while change and discipline may be lightly painful, in the long run it would provide much more pleasure than staying where you are in life. More so, failure is only possible with a lack of action in that even not achieving your goal will provide knowledge and education which could propel a person to greatness and success.
    To paraphrase then, your answer is 'you just need to have enough desire'? What store can one buy this at?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    To paraphrase then, your answer is 'you just need to have enough desire'? What store can one buy this at?
    It is not just desire. People could desire to be thin all they want, but if they just stand in front of a mirror with a cheeseburger in their hand, that desire is not going to mean anything. However if they see a person who is on the verge of obese and realize the pain and sorrow that they are currently putting them self through to the point where it lights a fire under their ass, then they can achieve anything they want.

    Desire is just a want.... Action happens when the end result become an absolute NEED.
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