As we approach the New Year, millions of people are gearing up to make their New Year’s Resolution. Many want to be healthier, look slimmer, or do something to feel better about themselves. Some want to change their financial or living situation, while others want to pursue a new career, start a business, or finish their college education. Some will set BIG GOALS, determined to become wealthy, influential, or committed to a global cause. What wonderful ambition!

You’re probably one of the many people getting ready to make an ambitious resolution for the coming year. But my question to you is – Why wait for the New Year? Why not act now? If you really want it, there is no reason to wait. Every reason you think about to justify your waiting is an excuse.

Do these excuses sound familiar to you?

  • I need more time to be ready
  • I don’t have enough money
  • I don’t have enough knowledge
  • I don’t have the right contacts
  • I don’t, I don’t, I don’t

Stop it! Yes, you do. Your Potential Far Exceeds Your Circumstances®. These excuses are just lies that you’ve bought into. Every day that you entertain these lies is another day that you rob yourself of your potential.

  • If you want to look better, you can look better. – You must be intentional about it!
  • If you want to make more money, you can make more money. – You must act now!
  • If you want to be smarter, you can be smarter. – You must make the commitment!
  • If you want to be rich, you can be rich. – You must change your ‘poor’ mentality!
  • If you want to lose weight – you can lose weight. – You must change your unhealthy eating habits.

The truth of the matter is – there is no difference between you and the healthier, wealthier, or highly influential person that you have admired all your life. The only difference is your willingness to get uncomfortable. Most of us are all cozy and snuggled in our comfort zone, but that comfort zone is a death trap. It’s where dreams and ambitions are laid to rest – the end of the road for your potential.

This is the time for you to make a move forward and never look back at the comfort zone again. Don’t become complacent. Don’t settle for mediocre when you can be extraordinary. I believe in you – so believe in yourself! God created you to do great things. Get out there and do them!

By the way, if you think that the odds are stacked against you, consider the following people:

  • Albert Einstein didn’t speak until the age of He couldn’t read until he was 7 years old. A teacher described him as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.” He became a renowned scientist.
  • Oprah Winfrey was told that she was too emotional for television but went on to become the first self-made black female billionaire.
  • Henry Ford failed 5 times before he succeeded with the Ford Motor Company, which has been in business for over 113 years.
  • Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper for having no imagination. He went on to create Walt Disney productions, which become one of the best-known motion picture companies in the world. He won 22 Academy Awards and gave us Disneyland and Disney World.
  • Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, the company he created, and then returned to introduce the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad, which catapulted the company into a multibillion-dollar company.
  • Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school 3 times before he went on to become an Academy Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter, creating hit films like JAWS, E.T., Saving Private Ryan, and Indiana Jones, just to name a few.

The only thing these people had that allowed them to perceiver is their drive and commitment to defy the odds!

So why wait? Do it now!

About Roger Doumanian

Roger Doumanian is a Business Attorney, Certified Business Coach, Public Speaker, and Author of The 6 Pillars of Business Success. Roger is recognized for his commitment to educate, empower, and inspire people to be the best version of themselves. He has been a trusted advisor to senior-level executives, entrepreneurs, business owners, and church leaders.