I purposely did not want to write about New Year’s resolutions until a few days after the new year started. I gave up New Year’s resolutions a few years ago. They are hokey. They are unrealistic.
New Year’s resolutions bolster the bottom line of fitness joints every January. The lead to promises of no more drinking, no more smoking, no more gambling and more.
New Year’s resolutions are, in fact, stupid.
There’s only one resolution you need to make, and you don’t have to wait until December 31 every year to make:
This is not to say I don’t have dreams. I would like to lose
a few err 40 pounds. I would like to have a few more bucks in the bank. I want to be a better father to Jace. I would like to end this 27-year run of disastrous relationships with shallow, feckless women.
But the only way any of that is going to happen is if I am better than I was yesterday.
Once you take responsibility for all the things that have happened in your life — both good and bad — everything gets easier.
I wasn’t ready for my TV career to come to an abrupt end in 2004. But I let pinhead bosses push me around until I walked away. It was my fault for letting them get to me.
My last personal relationship in Kansas City was full of lies and deceit. I let that relationship eat me up, and make me want to flee Kansas City to Las Vegas as fast as I could. Again, my fault for letting myself get so involved and so blinded to the obvious lies in front of me.
I’m in a new position at Mandalay Bay. I’m doing the best I can to do a great job but I’ve screwed up a few times lately. My fault for not understanding proper policies and procedures, or not seeking the right people to get the correct answers. Again, my fault for not being as good as my job as I should.
Spend your every day in 2015 just trying to be a little better than you were the day before. A little more love. A little more forgiveness. A little more compassion. Be nicer. Be kinder. Be gentler. Be a little more humble, a little more grateful, a little less brash.
Be better than you were yesterday. And the rest of your days will be great.