From: Bruce Klein
I would guess by now, that 90% of us has not kept a personal promise made just a few weeks ago, as a New Year’s Resolution. I know I have broken mine. The new calendar year brings much hope and a desire to commit toward new goals. So often those new goals involve a resolution to help ourselves. So often it may be to lose weight, eat right or exercise. Mine was to run daily. These new resolutions are so often focused on us, general appearance or self interest. In sales, professionals always have goals written before them either created by themselves or their management. If that goal, sale or resolution isn’t met, it is not the end of the world, but rather a new day and another opportunity to set yet newer goals that we believe to be achievable. Goals and resolutions are meant to be directives within our lives, but are always interchangeable. The best goals personally and professionally are achieved when written. A new day and time frame is coming called Lent. It is a new birth, yet another preparation period for us to make resolutions not only of our faith but of new commitments. It may be reflective of what is to come, and that is Easter. During the forty days or so before Easter, I challenge you to not make a resolution of giving something up, or to improve yourself, but to help those less fortunate in making a personal sacrifice that will not only be good or great, but rather amazing. I dare you to write it down and look at each day. May it strengthen you in your core values and make you a better person to help so many less fortunate. There are so many great community organizations in your own back yard that you can partner with and volunteer in making a difference for you, for the organization, but more importantly for those less fortunate. Just one of those is Home and Community Options. Check them out at hco.org. They firmly believe that your final judgment will be based on how much you care for those in need. You may surprise yourself in how easy the resolution “To Help Other Less Fortunate” will be to keep. The success rate, rather than the failure rate, will be 90%.