New Year’s Revolution

We live in a world that when it’s all said and done, there’s an awful lot said and very little done. We never succeed based on what we wanted to do, meant to do, intended to do, or tried to do. We succeed based on what we actually do in this life.

The problem with most people’s New Year’s resolutions is that they don’t mean it when they say it, they don’t own the goal, and they don’t follow through. This becomes an issue in people’s lives each January as they habitually set New Year’s resolutions that they abandon before Valentine’s Day.

This year, I would like you to consider skipping the New Year’s Resolution trap, and create your own New Year’s Revolution. A revolution is a commitment followed by action that changes the environment and everyone in it. The United States was born in a revolution. The patriots knew the elements of the government they were living under that they no longer wanted to endure. They jointly committed to make a change, and then they acted upon it.

The critical ingredient is the action. If you will simply think of the parts of your life where you need a revolution, commit to the change necessary, then act upon it, you will find that this new year will bring you success as opposed to the previous year’s New Year’s Resolution that brought you frustration.

It’s critical that you own the goals involved in your New Year’s Revolution. You can’t dramatically change your life because your spouse thinks you should, your neighbor said you ought to do it, or an ad on TV assures you that everyone is doing something. Owning a goal creates a change in mindset because you’re willing to stake your existence on the change you seek in your own New Year’s Revolution.

I remember living in poverty for the first decade of my adult life. I wanted to create wealth, I intended to create wealth, and I hoped someday I would experience wealth, but nothing ever happened. Then there was the fateful day in a local grocery store when, due to a miscalculation while my wife and I were shopping, she was forced to take a loaf of bread out of our cart and put it back on the shelf because we were broke and had no more money for food that week. I stood there in the middle of the checkout line and made a commitment that created a financial revolution in my life.

There was something about that incident that made creating wealth as important to me as obtaining my next breath of air. Once you get a goal at that revolutionary level in your life, you will never be the same again. It can begin during this new year, next month, or any day that you choose to declare your own independence from your past and create a success revolution.

As you go through your day today, resolve to skip all resolutions and start a revolution.

Today’s the day!



Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached by email at; on Facebook at; or follow Jim on Twitter @StovallAuthor.

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