“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.” – Robert Kiyosaki, author of the book Rich Dad Poor Dad


I have never been one to go with the hegemony of New Year’s Day being the epicenter of all my future plans and goals for the coming year. I like to do it in November. Sometimes I claim a new year every month, especially if the prior month did not go as well as I intended.

I would rather do it November 1 before the stress of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza. So, by the time New Year’s Day rolls around, I have already lost five pounds, bought a pony, applied to three doctoral programs and called my cousin to make amends. I would rather get it all out of the way and have my results by January.

Talk is cheap, and January is the month in which everyone is talking about their New Year’s resolutions. But, are we seriously engaged in progress and change, or are we just going along with everyone else.

I can barely count the times someone will ask me, “What are your top New Year’s resolutions?” By the 20th time you’ve created a makeshift story just for a conversation piece.

My philosophy stems from a prior job as an obituary writer for a newspaper. I dealt with death all day long. And, in my dealings, I understood how precious life is. Having one extra day in your life is precious.

Many people say they are going to change tomorrow. Or, they are going to write that book when their kids go to elementary school. Or, they are going to start exercising as soon as summer hits. Life and time are of the essence. They are two entities that do not wait. If the idea of change is in your mind, you should act on it. God is nudging you and preparing you for something better.

Changing the smallest thing can change your life for the better. Taking a 20-minute walk every day can lower your high blood pressure, which prevents a host of other calamities.

Take baby steps, but take them now. Don’t wait until New Year’s Day — that’s so old school!

November 1 is the new “New Year’s Day.”

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