What new journey’s (inner and outer) will you experience this year?
What new habits will you commit to?
What challenges, hurdles and obstacles will you overcome?
Who do you want to become a year from now?
Will you finally leave the past where it belongs? – behind you.
The beginning of a New Year is marked with new resolutions as a means of starting afresh with a clean canvas. The errors of the previous year are subsequently erased and forgotten. We start anew with honourable intentions to adopt a new habit for the coming year.
I opened this blog article with a series of questions in italics. Take a moment to reflect on your answers to those questions before you continue reading. Reflect on them with meaning and intent. Assuredly it will be a year from now and you’ll have achieved your resolutions or be no better than the day you set them. This blog is purposely short – I don’t want to wax lyrical on how to commit to your goals. Many of those articles are sprawled across the Internet.
I wish to bring to your attention the following story. Love him or hate him, that’s your call. Donald Trump walks on stage to an audience who had paid good money to learn about wealth creation. The auditorium was filled with close to twenty thousand people. He welcomes the audience, “Who has come here to learn about becoming a millionaire?” Everyone’s hand went up. The next bit is the interesting part. He advises them that less than 10% of the 20,000 people present would follow through with their intention. Those people know who they are and the remainder of the audience should simply go home – they’re wasting their time! Story has it there were less than 200 people left in the auditorium. Each person had paid close to $1,000 to hear him speak that evening, only to be sent away with disillusionment.
Another well known speaker and entrepreneur who has amassed a fortune in real-estate offers a similar perspective. He states that within a group of one hundred people who intend to earn $1,000,000 dollars , only three of those people will follow through with their conviction and succeed.
Here’s his breakdown:
- Twenty percent of the 100 people will have offer an excuse for not succeeding.
- Of the remaining 80 people, 16% will eventually drop off.
- Of the 64 who remain, 32 people will give up within 6 months.
- Of the 32 remaining, 90% of them will give up since they decided to do it their way.
Of the 100 people who started, only 3 have what it takes to follow through. According to him, only 3% of the total population has what it takes to LISTEN, LEARN, APPLY and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. I find it interesting and compelling since the figures don’t lie. These are the laws of the universe – you’re either working with them or against them.
So I ask you – What challenges, hurdles and obstacles will you overcome this year? What do you want to create, attract or gain as a result of pursuing your goals? Do you have the passion, enthusiasm and conviction to see it through? Will you be part of the 97 who give up or will you be one of the 3 who push through to success?
As Henry Ford once quipped, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”