Happy New Year!
I love new beginnings and I don’t ordinarily limit them to a particular date on the calendar. I know many people choose the first day of a new year to make resolutions to change. A friend who manages a natural and healthy foods store told me the other day that the busiest day his store has all year is New Year’s Eve. He mentioned that the following week was also busy but by mid-January it went back to normal shopping traffic.
Do you realize what that means? On December 31 many people decide they want to change their eating habits, probably mostly to lose weight in a healthy way, and shop for foods and supplements to help them do that. They manage to keep their resolve somewhat but in just two weeks they have reverted to their old ways.
I’ve always thought it was funny that many people think the best way to reduce something is to add something to it. Unless you’re talking about reducing a big stock pot of tomatoes to tomato sauce, and the thing you’re adding is heat, the best way to make something less, is do, have, or be it less.
And if you want to do, have, or be something more – do it. Just go do it! Write the book. Take the trip. Paint the pictures.
It takes a minimum of 2000 hours to be proficient and 10,000 hours to become an expert in anything. Start now. You won’t be an expert. You won’t do it perfectly. But if you continue, someday you will.
In the meantime, make some Hoppin’ John for New Year’s Day and bring yourself a little good luck.