Once again, we’ve reached a new year. Some of us were not so fortunate to reach this milestone. But for those of us who did, what are we going to do now? How will we make this year any different than last year? For many, the answer is nothing. Sure! We’ll make New Year’s resolutions, to start working out, stop drinking/ smoking, stop going to the clubs, start going to church, go back to school; the possibilities are endless. The point is, at some point in our lives, we have all been guilty of falling into the trap of making drastic changes in our lives on January 1st; only to return to business as usual by January 15th. Einstein said the definition of “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. I’m not immune to this myself.”
We all have changes we need to make, but fail to do so. It could be for many reasons; fear of being alone, fear of losing friends, fear of being ostracized, laziness, and but usually, it comes from a lack of commitment. It’s easy to come up with things we need to change, but until we stop talking it, and actually start walking it, we are lying to ourselves if we think things will get better.
I was one of those people that would find a significant date, such as my birthday, Christmas, New Year’s, whatever day, and make a grand resolution to make a big change in my life. Then I’d change my mind. But, only after I decided to make some changes, and COMMITTED to those changes, did I begin to see real changes in my life. It wasn’t always easy. I lost friends. I had sleepless nights. I got ridiculed. Some people even turned on me because “I had changed.” Sometimes, those are the things that have to happen in order to achieve your best potential. Sometimes, you have to separate yourself from the things you care about most, to have the things you want most. Not everyone in your circle is your friend. Not everyone that opposes you is your enemy. Once I got through the initial shock and pain that came with the changes in my life, I began to see small signs of success. Then they got bigger, and became more frequent. Before I knew it, I had begun a whole new life. The changes I thought were huge changes were, in fact, very minute in respect to the other changes it led to. And though it was hard in the beginning, it was absolutely worth it.
When all you see is the obstacle, it’s impossible to see the success. A friend of mine once told me, “You don’t have to change your point of view, change your viewing point.” This was a monumental piece of advice that has served me well. I hope it can do the same for you. You have the power to decide how you want to live your life. You decide where you go, and why you go. You decide whether to stay in that relationship or not. You decide whether to buy that outfit or save some money. You decide whether to stay in bed or go workout. You decide whether to go to church or go tailgating. The fact is, how you live your life, and to some point, how successfully you live it is entirely in your hands. Will you actually make some changes this year, or will you join the millions that nag, complain, and annoy your friends with your “I need to stop…” or “I need to start…”? Stop bugging your friends with empty rhetoric, get off your butts, and get started. If you’re not going to do that, at least keep your nonsense to yourself. It’s slowing down the people who are actually TRYING to make some changes. Your life is in your hands, what you do with it is up to you. Until next time….
God Bless and dress well,
William Wilson, CEO
William Wilson Clothing