Happy New Year (I can still say that since this is my first post of the year). I hope you all are off to a great start this new year. The Italians have an expression for Happy New Year which is “Buon Anno” which literally translates to wishing someone a “good year.” We all want that. I do want to caution you though if you use this expression not to make the same mistake I made while vacationing in Italy a couple years ago during the New Year holiday. The Italians have another would that looks and sounds like “anno” and that is “ano.” Ano translates to anus or butthole. So being the “ugly American” that I am, and not having a firm grasp of the Italian language, I went a week wishing people a “good butthole!” Though if you think about it, isn’t such a bad thing.
So how is that any motivation? Well it got me thinking about the meaning of words. One of the words we hear this time of year is “Resolution.” With the new year, many people make resolutions. They usually involve something like losing weight, getting in shape, being a better person, or spending less time on social media. I thought about making a resolution but before I did , I wanted to make sure I fully knew what it meant to make a resolution. So I looked up the word and what I found through the definitions and the synonyms was the blue print for success for almost anything we set out to accomplish.
Resolution: “A firm decision to do or not to do something. The quality of being resolute.” From the synonyms, I grabbed 4 “P” words to guide you:
Plan – have a plan that will be the road map for your vision that you can look to on a daily, weekly or monthly basis that will keep you on track to achieving your goals.
Purposeful – be purposeful in everything you do. Make each of your actions and activities have meaning and purpose in achieving your goals.
Persistence – don’t be afraid of “no.” No often doesn’t mean no, it just means “not now.” If you aren’t persistent you will miss out on future opportunities.
Perseverance – achieving something of value is often tough. You must persevere through all the hardships and adversities to get to all your rewards and goals.
So use the 4 P’s and make yourself a Resolution of Success for 2017.