Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,
Each New Year brings with it hopes, wishes and goals. It represents a fresh start where we can make improvements and work towards our ideals. Our New Year’s Resolutions usually fit into six different categories: Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Financial, Want and Wish.
As we know, in order to succeed we need to develop daily habits that consist of taking meaningful and consistent action. The actions can grow from small to medium and from medium to large. The most important thing is to be consistent and to start. As we begin 2019, I’d like to share a few thoughts along with a personal resolution that has changed my life.
I’m going to use exercise as an example. It’s one of the things that I know best and it seems to be part of everyone’s New Year’s Resolution at one time or another. About forty years ago, I had a resolution to quit smoking and to start exercising. My goal was to replace a bad habit with a good one. I made the commitment. On the first day, I did ten push-ups and then ten sit-ups. That was it. I did them right before breakfast. It took less than three minutes (including a brief rest in-between). Every day that first week I did the same thing; ten push-ups and then ten sit-ups. I was so excited after my first week of success that on week two, I did fifteen push-ups, followed by fifteen sit-ups. Again, I did them every single day and it took virtually no time at all.
I was installing a positive habit and gradually building on the success of the prior week’s activity. On week three, I did twenty push-ups and then twenty sit-ups. By week four, I increased my exercise routine to twenty push-up and twenty sit-ups. This was followed by a second set of five more push-ups and then more five sit-ups. I kept gradually increasing my activity level every single week. This eventually led to what was then my first major milestone… One hundred sit-ups and one hundred push-ups every morning.
What started almost forty years ago as ten push-ups and ten sit-ups, has grown into a world class two-hour a day fitness routine that has enabled me to earn two fitness world records and a career in the fitness industry…..Never underestimate the power of a resolution!
Wishing everyone a Very Happy, Healthy and Resolute 2019!
Yours in Rotary,