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Don’t make resolutions – make evolutions instead!

Every New Year’s Eve, many of us make resolutions on how we are going to live our lives for the next 365 days.

In fact, it’s about how we are going to change our lives for the better.

The wish list of New Year’s resolutions.  

We resolve to eat healthier, start a fitness program, lose weight, drink less or not at all, travel more, learn a new skill, take a course, be more organized, spend less money, make new friends, change jobs, and the list goes on and on.

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” – Author Unknown

And by the end of the first month, many are forgotten or have disappeared from our daily habits.

Never to be discussed again until the following New Year’s Eve.

And yet, a resolution is supposedly a firm decision to do or not do something.

Aren’t resolutions simply intentions we really don’t intend to keep?

Nice to have, not essential. They are not firm decisions by any means for most people.

Why – because they require us to change our habits.  And we really don’t want to, do we?

So why not look at it in a different way.  

Why not make evolutions instead?

Evolutions?  Yes, why not evolve into a better person over the next year.

We know things that no longer exist because they did not evolve – certain animals and plants, businesses, and so on. They are no longer with us because they did not evolve.

Evolution can mean the gradual development of yourself, from a simple to a more complex form, a more capable form.

Synonyms include development, growth, progress, advancement, rise, expansion . . .

“Life constantly challenges us. It is not personal, just the natural process of growth and evolution.” – Deborah Sandella, Phd, MS, RN, award winning Author and Speaker

So when you look at yourself, what do you want to change?  Where do you want to grow? How do you want to advance? Where do you want to expand your knowledge?

Remember, evolving takes time, it is not immediate.  

So don’t look for the easy solutions.

For example, one year I decided I wanted to expand my real estate investment knowledge, because I wanted to generate passive income.

Over the year, I read books, attended seminars and conferences, followed key people, and researched companies.

It took time. It took effort.

“There are no shortcuts in evolution.” – Louis D. Brandeis, US Supreme Court Associate Justice

But once I felt I had learned what I needed to know, I knew I was ready to become a real estate investor.  I had evolved.

I then began to accrue real estate assets. And today, I own properties across the country.

So this year, think about what evolutions you want in your life.  

Whether it involves personal development, relationships, business, financial, family, recreational, spiritual, or career, give some effort and thought as to how you want to evolve this year.

Evolutions are better than resolutions.

So make a decision to evolve this year.  You will be glad you did.