Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 01/03/2022
The Babylonians, about 4,000 years ago, began recorded New Year’s celebrations. Theirs was on the vernal equinox, March 21, when the day had equal amounts of light and darkness. Hammurabi, he of the great laws, didn’t rule Babylon until 2,000 years later.
For millennia, people simply celebrated being alive and asked the gods for good crops. The average lifespan was 35 years for women, 40 for men. You had to “make hay” while you could, in
It’s hard enough for me to accept that Dick Clark is no longer with us in Times Square, since I grew up with American Bandstand and always assumed he was immortal. We’ve occasionally been out somewhere at New Years, and sometimes in another city (I’m writing this from LA), but more often we opt for a nice dinner and watch the ball drop on TV.
Most modern resolutions are nugatory. They have a life half that of a mayfly. We equate a new year with a new start, a calendar change with a behavior change. Good luck with that.
I’ve been coaching people for exactly 50 years. I’m going to give all of you faithful readers out there a gift, because I’m going to tell you how to choose some behavior or trait you’d like to change and achieve it, permanently.
Ask yourself why the change is important, who it will benefit besides you, and what the consequence will be for failure (punishment) and success (reward). Then, make it public. Announce it to your family, colleagues, friends. Let them hold you accountable as you interact with them continually.
That doesn’t take liquor, or drugs, or bacchanalia. It simply takes courage.
And that’s what I wish you for New Year’s: Health, peace, prosperity….and courage.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. —Andre Gide
The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. —Jim Hightower
If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. —John Irving