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We might typically hear that statement from a broadcaster
announcing a race, or some of us may have heard it or even used it
ourselves as we began a road trip, vacation or just a busy day. But
instead of using the broadcaster's version of "And they're off," it
may sound like this, "And we're off."
Here we are early in 2012, "And we're off!"
No more excuses for delaying our plans and getting after the
life we desire. The time is here, the time is now for us to stop
making useless excuses by recognizing that excuses are useless.
Excuses are the fuel that procrastination runs on. This is not a
gray area, there is no wiggle room, it is black and white, yes or
no, and we can leave the maybe's to the people who believe that
2013 will be their year instead of 2012.
Some of us have committed ourselves to goals and plans before
New Year's Eve, while many opted for the traditional declaration of
resolutions on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. I know this because so many of
you sent in your goals and plans for the New Year, and I loved
reading each and every goal, dream, and resolution.
William is finally committed to writing his book. He has
outlined it, dreamed about it, changed the story hundreds of times,
and in his own words "has put it off long enough." We discussed it
and since time was his biggest challenge, I shared advice I
received from my mentor: write a page a day. William is committed
to writing a page a day and I can't wait to read the first pass at
Kathy has been in the same job for the past 7 years. She is more
than capable of doing more and earning more. Kathy wants to stay
with her employer and she is going to write a new resume for
internal use only. There is an opening she wants to pursue and she
will focus on her skills, experience, attitude, prior results,
awareness and positive habits in her personal and professional
life. This is the year that Kathy pursues the position she is best
suited for and will enjoy the benefits of the increase in
Glenn took a few of my former columns personally, in a good way.
He shared that he reads the column often and that each time I made
a reference to losing weight or getting in shape, he felt like I
was speaking directly to him. But he never actually did anything
about it, until last week that is. Glenn used the week before New
Year's Eve to start eating properly, going to the gym, and is
committed to journaling his activities, his diet, and his workout
There are many more stories of people claiming their success for
2012 by committing to their plans and goals now. "And we're off!"
The year has started, an incredible year full of promise and hope,
a year where the outcome lays squarely on our shoulders. When we
avoid procrastination and useless excuses, and jump into the
starting blocks of 2012 ready to hit the ground running we will
become the difference maker in our own journey.
If you haven't put your stake in the ground yet, made plans for
2012, or established your New Year's resolutions the good news is
that is never too late. You can email me at email@example.com
and together we can work out a plan to make it a better than good
Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former
president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder
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