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The Day Makes the Year


The Only Resolutions You Need For An Amazing Year

Jan 03, 2024

Ahhh….January. It is that time of year when gyms get busier, fast food places get slightly slower, and resolutions are made and often broken. 

The earliest recorded practice of New Year's resolutions dates back over 4,000 years to the Babylonians. They reportedly promised the gods to pay their debts and return borrowed objects at the start of each year.  

The Romans, under Julius Caesar, also began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.  

The practice of making New Year's resolutions has morphed into setting annual personal goals, such as improving one's health, career, or education. While the tradition is widespread, studies often show that many resolutions are not kept. 

That’s why I’m not a big resolution guy, although there are three that I make every year. 

First, I resolve to live in the day—no annual declarations for me. My focus is just on today. 

Second, I resolve to grow daily. My goal each day is to improve my business and myself every day. That’s it. There's no big resolution about the year I’m going to have.  

Instead, just be better than I was the day before. Do that, and you’ll accomplish far more than any annual focus. 

It works for exercise, eating healthy, being a better leader, selling more, improving service levels, being a better person, being more present in relationships, and so on.  

Just grow and be better than the day before.  

The third resolution I make is to invest in myself. Invest in time for myself. Time with the people I love and those who help me grow. And I invest financially to keep growing as a person. 

I believe you’re either growing or shrinking as a person. There’s no in-between.  

How about you? Would you like to join me on this daily quest for growth and improvement? 


So let me ask three questions:  

1) What's the earliest you've ever broken a New Year's resolution? Mine was in the first hour of the year. (I eventually gave up smoking, but it wasn’t that year!) 

2) What food do you crave the most when you try to eat healthy in January? Pizza? Pasta? Cookies? Usually, that’s my dinner on January 5th… 

3) Will you take the daily resolution with me?