It’s been almost two weeks since New Year’s Day. How many New Year’s resolutions are already broken? The trouble is that we view these resolutions as generalized changes that we just think about making. We don’t narrow them down enough and put them into actionable items so we can actually accomplish them.
The following is a list of “paradoxical commandments” that you can use as a basis for making the changes you are looking for in 2012.
It’s all about you being your authentic self—not what you think people want from you. Follow your heart, your internal voice. You can learn to do it baby step by baby step.
Decide on exactly what changes you would like to make for yourself this year. Make sure they are achievable, yet risky enough to make real change. Pick one on which to start and narrow it as much as possible to what behavior you have to do, when, where, to what degree, and to whom, to make that change.
Make sure you have a way to measure that you have actually done it. Then do the same for each succeeding item. Another way to remember this is SMART – Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Risky and Timely.
These “Paradoxical Commandments,” also referred to as “Do It Anyway,” were written by Dr. Kent Keith in his 1968 book.
DO IT ANYWAY
People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway!
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway!
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway!
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway!
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway!
The biggest (people) with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest (people) with the smallest minds. Think big anyway!
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for some underdog anyway!
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway!
People really need help but may attack you if you help them. Help people anyway!
Give the world the best you have, and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway!
P.S. Please leave me a comment below and let me know what you learned. I read them all…
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