New year resolutions or not, you only hurt yourself and yourself alone if you fail to take charge; full control of your life. And that’s waking up every morning with a GAME PLAN!

Profound right? Time and tide waits for no man.

If you are thinking, “last year (2014) would have been better if only I had done this or that”, then you are on your way to experiencing a feasible level of change in your life this year. Why? Because a wise man said to me last week “ We all need to honestly evaluate where we have been, where we are and where we want to be”.

Ever watched popular American animated television series “Pinky and the Brain”? Two genetically modified mice. Brain is self-absorbed and cunning Pinky is good-natured but feebleminded. The bulk of every episode involves one of Brain’s plans for world domination with Pinky’s assistance and the ultimate failure of that plan.

Brain sees his inevitable rise to power as good for the world. In one episode, he says to Pinky “We’re on our way to fame, fortune and a world that’s a better place for all.” The duo held many dialog bits that became conventions of the entire series, including Brain’s “Are you pondering what I’m pondering?” Pinky’s “Oh…wait no” (in response to a plan) and Pinky’s final question, “What are we doing tomorrow night?” Brain replies “The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the world!”

Many of us possess the satirical nature of Pinky and his bosom friend Brain. One minute we are raving about changing or taking over the world, the next we hit rock bottom because we are unstable and clueless about what we initially set out to do.

A story is told of a Nigerian man who “digested” the pages of a single business book, adopted its principles and went on to become a highly sort after professional in his field. One book marshaled him into a life of successful living.

This example supports the words of Charlie Jones “You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet”.

Even more, an anonymous researcher once wrote that many thoughtful people have a deep-seated desire to try to change, and improve how their fellow humans behave: to try to make them a bit kinder, or more moral, or interested in nature, or responsive to the needs of children, or concerned with culture and justice. And the most popular way in which this desire for change has been directed in the modern age is through books. People have wanted to bring about change by giving their compatriots stuff to read.

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Elliot S. Weissbluth is the Chief Executive Officer of HighTower, an industry leading financial services firm. He says Innovation happens when we try something, fail, learn from it and try again.

“If you want to solve a problem, or innovate, stop talking about it, roll up your sleeves and do the work”. The best ideas — true innovations — come from people working around the edges of their expertise. They know enough to be informed but not enough to be constrained by the “old way” of doing things.”

Truth is, if we want to have an impact and affect society in the long term, reading, writing things down and giving them to other people to read in the way we do in the contemporary world will go a long way to achieving our thumping desires.

It’s tempting to believe that people don’t do the right thing because they don’t have the right ideas. But in truth, we already have so many nice ideas at the back of our minds; the problem is, we don’t act on them, and we don’t do so because, at key moments, we lack reminders, motivation and encouragement.

Sometimes we see a film that makes us want to change the world and ourselves. We leave the theatre vowing to reconsider our entire existence in light of the values shown on screen. And yet by the following evening, after a day of meetings and aggravations, our cinematic experience is well on its way towards obliteration, just like many other things that once impressed us but which we soon enough came to discard.

But you see, it’s our responsibility to remind ourselves of what we want to achieve. Whether you’ve decided to plant flowers, climb a mountain top, visit the moon, lavish your life with so much joy, peace and happiness New Year resolutions are but mere words until it produces bountiful results.

So how angry are you to “Take over your world”? Better yet, what’s your game plan? Make it Count.

Happy New Year People!!



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