The Power, Pitfalls and Potential of Resolutions

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I’m happy to feature America’s foremost authority on selling value, Don Hutson, as this month’s guest blogger.  His insightful look at formulating resolutions and self promises follows …

The Power, Pitfalls and Potential of Resolutions ;

Identify and Obliterate the Six Obstacles to Success!

I once heard legendary business guru W. Clement Stone say in a speech at a Positive Thinking Rally that “My personal mission is simple; I want to change the world and make it a better place in which to live.”  Now THAT is a vision!  As a philanthropist, he gave away millions of dollars and did just that.  There is a lot to be said for having a significant and noble vision.  What is your “magnetic compelling purpose”?  Have you ever had a dream that was so all-consuming that you wouldn’t give up until you made it happen?  That kind of resolves gets results.

Are you excited enough to get really serious about the process and ultimately follow through with your resolutions and promises?  Here are six barriers that keep our resolutions from becoming a reality.

  1. Lack of Clarity … The more detail you attach to a goal or resolution, the more likely you are to follow through on it.
  2. Lack of Commitment … When you are serious enough to write resolutions down and share them with others, it is your way of making a commitment to the process.  Goethe said, “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.”
  3. Lack of Belief … Human behavior is the result of the human belief system.  If you believe your resolution is doable, believe you have a strategy to make it happen, and believe in yourself, you can’t miss.  It is the person filled with doubt who fails to go to the next step.
  4. Lack of Passion … Vision without action is hallucination!  Fire in the belly propels you toward action and results.  Get fired up about getting started and go for it!
  5. Lack of Congruence … Your resolutions need to be in sync not only with your belief system, but also with your other goals, and your assessment of your capabilities.
  6. Lack of Focus … Writing down clarified resolutions is the beginning of an exciting process, if we can keep our focus. Cavett Robert defined character as, “The ability to carry out a worthwhile resolution long after the mood in which it was made has left you.”  The difference between high performers and mediocre producers is a focused intensity accompanied by the determination that you will not be denied!

Few people realize the power and potential which are derived from crafting one’s “Magnetic Compelling Purpose” is, put it in writing, and fine-tune it, you are on the way.  Serious resolutions and statements of purpose tend to cause one to behave the way the person they hope to become behaves.

Then heed the words of my literary mentor, Orison Swett Marden, who said, “Make every day a great day of achievement, because you never know when God might be watching, sizing you up for bigger things.”

Don Hutson is a #1 New York Times Best-Selling author, a Hall of Fame speaker, CEO of U.S. Learning based in Memphis, and founder of the Prosperity Series in Dallas, Memphis, Los Angeles and Singapore.  Visit his website at,  or contact him at 901-767-0000, or