Resolution vs. Conviction 2009

By • on December 31, 2008

By some definitions “resolution” is a solution or settling of a problem. In my opinion, that holds a negative connotation. This New Year’s, I am asking to you to think outside the box, and try something different. You might have “resolved” to lose weight, make more money, or better your relationships. When you approach it like this, it seems like a chore or a resignation to do something that you dread or don’t really want to put the effort into.

As we run into 2009 together, let’s decide to be positive in our convictions rather than be resolute to “settling our problems.” Your approach will make all the difference in the world. Take the mighty Rhino….

As far as the Rhino is concerned, there is no New Year’s to make a fresh start; he lives his life the same everyday, no matter what the circumstances. He remains steadfast in his convictions of protecting his herd and maintaining his well-being everyday of his life. Humans are lucky to be able to recognize fresh beginnings; so take advantage of this particular day and set your sights on positive convictions.

First, let’s use our imagination, and see ourselves at our optimum weight, with acquired wealth, and/or happy in all of our relationships.

For example, the next time that you near the refrigerator, imagine that you already have the svelte, physically fit body that you once had, or have always wanted. Now look at your choices…they should look different to you.

When you are physically fit your body really dictates your choices. Your body needs nutritious foods to perform at its best. Don’t think about being hungry; think about having enough nutrition to help you reach daily goals. Don’t look at dietary choices as “bad” or “good.” Make your decisions on what a healthy body needs. Before you know it, this will become a conviction.

If you want to attain more wealth you will need to enlist the mindset of a person who has acquired wealth. First, begin by saving money. It doesn’t have to be much; start with one dollar a day. Any financially successful person will tell you that you don’t acquire wealth by spending money. Some of the greatest leaders of all time lived quite humbly; as does the mighty Rhino. If you apply for a new job, approach the interview as if you have already been awarded the position. When a Rhino charges he has already visualized his success; he never approaches his target as if he is unsure.

If you are not satisfied with your current relationships, don’t blame other people. Set your convictions on making the situation a happy one. A Rhino is proactive; not reactive. Take the proverbial bull by the horns, and make the situation right. You will gain more pride in your success, than you will be swallowing by making the first move.

If you will take note and follow the Five S’s of Conviction, you will be well on your way to achieving your dreams and goals:

  • Step forward – make the decision to embrace change today. No diet, wealth, or happy relationship is going to jump into your lap; if you want these things…GO GET THEM!
  • Start small – success is a marathon not a sprint. Very rarely does a Rhino start the day by charging towards a finish line. You don’t live in a threatening environment; so you don’t have to approach a diet, attaining wealth, or having happy relationships like they are the enemy. Take time to appraise your goals and objectives and remember that anything is a cinch if taken inch by inch.
  • Stick to your plan – adopt a singleness of focus. A Rhino has 360° vision, which gives him the capabilities of focusing on all of his surroundings to ensure he can implement a successful plan. Even if you have an aversion to making lists; once you write something down, you will form an obligation to complete the tasks.
  • Smile – be grateful. Remember that gratitude for all acts of benevolence or generosity and all existing tangible or intangible assets, is infectious and will generate more acts of benevolence, generosity and tangible or intangible assets. Approach everyday as if you are happy; no matter what. Pretty soon; you will adopt this attitude. Use your armor like the Rhino. Don’t let adversity wipe that smile from your face. Most issues can be easily addressed.
  • Stay strong and NEVER GIVE UP! If all of this is new to you, approach life like the baby Rhino; with baby steps. You have your whole life ahead of you so just remember that you are trying to set a precedent and convictions. Temporary changes are nothing more than Band-Aids; be patient and forgive yourself occasionally…you are a work in progress.

Remember these facts: You are already on a diet; it is just not the diet that you want to be on. You already have money; it is just not the amount that you want it to be. And, you already have relationships; they may just not be as positive as you want them to be. Show your conviction to change in all of these areas and health, wealth, and happiness will be attained.

On a personal note, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to those of you who have made 2008 a stellar year for Running with the Rhinos and for my professional and personal goal of aiding others in their quest for leadership. My success and dreams are not possible without your success, dreams, and devotion to becoming successful. As we move forward into 2009, remember that your goals and dreams will be attained and maintained through your knowledge, wisdom, and kindness.

Be true to yourself. Be true to your principles. Be true to your people. Be true to your mission.

Keep Charging Hard!



By Cameron Warren on January 1st, 2009 at 6:02 pm

What an AWESOME and INSPIRING blog to kick off the new year!

By Stacy Griffin on January 1st, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I couldn’t agree more with the previous comment! I love this blog site…not only do you have strong and unique content, but it’s the most visually appealing blog I have ever seen! I always look forward to your new posts and cannot wait to see what 2009 has in store for us all!

By Jay Yeager on January 1st, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Hey Guess What I am going to move forward with the 5 S’s of conviction.Thanks for your help!!!

By Taylor Warren on January 2nd, 2009 at 12:30 am

Very Awesome, I couldn’t agree more.

By Josh Maxfield on January 2nd, 2009 at 9:03 am

very amazing blog, is a great way to look at things, also very agreeable

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