New Year – Resolutions, Revolutions or Evolutions?

Happy New Year 2017 from team Paradise Rescued Cardan Bordeaux and Melbourne Australia

Happy New Year 2017 from our team at Paradise Rescued

Happy New Year. I would like to open this first 2017 Day 1 blog by wishing all our customers, fans and readers every best wish for a happy, healthy and successful 2017.

So what’s your plan for this year? Did you have a plan last year? Oh, ooops was that one question too many?

Sorry to be rude and all that and break your attention from last night’s fun and celebrations. Fuelled with a couple of glasses of confidence juice you proudly announced to the world that you were about to take charge of your life in some particular area. You made a so-called resolution – a statement about your decision to do something specific.

Did they believe you? Worse still, did you believe you?

Now that you have recovered from the moments of midnight excitement and a great evening, it’s time to give some serious thought as to what you are going to do differently. I estimate that 99% of what was said to oneself (and others) has already been discarded along with the plastic cup you were drinking from?

This process is not real smart. Planned changes to our lives don’t happen in an instant. If it was that easy we would all already be highly successful healthy happy prosperous people doing exactly what we wanted.

But to change our lives meaningfully requires a change in our thinking. Unless we change our thinking, our lives won’t alter. If we always do what we’ve always done, we will always get what we’ve always got. Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but telling ourselves that you will achieve different results.

So let’s forget resolutions, quit the hype and get started working on a plan.

Will it happen overnight? No! Unless something very serious and dramatic happens in our life, that forces us to change direction rapidly, then normally the process is not a fast one. But although revolution is unlikely to happen, we do still require a change and to do that we need to make a decision – ourselves. The temptation is of course to make a significant “life changing” shift in our minds that can quite often be a knee-jerk reaction to the unhappy position that we find ourselves in. That can sometimes work – and yes we do need to make a resolute firm decision – but take some time to think it through and make the right decision.

So no big revolutions, maybe some minor well thought through decisions made in the right environment. Not New Year’s Eve!

Which brings us to evolution. In simple talk – get a plan!

  1. Stop
  2. Think
  3. Decide
  4. Write it down
  5. Review it frequently
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David Stannard, Founder Director Paradise Rescued 2016 Silver Stevie International Business Award Winner 2016

Just those five steps alone will set you on a new path. Understanding that need to change is the stimulus to act. Between stimulus and response there has to be thought. And it is that thought that can lead you to specific and purposeful actions plus sustainable change.

The “write it down” and “review it frequently” steps are the ones that are easy to forget in today’s busy lives. I encourage you not only to write it down but to create it into a picture – a Vision(picture) as I call it. Why? Because a picture has such immense power on our brains – in particular the recticular activation system which, when given a clear picture of something, goes to work to make it happen. Next put that picture up somewhere you pass or visit frequently and look at it. Watch your results happen…..

Don’t hesitate to share your achievements and stories back with us. We look forward to hearing your success stories in 2017. Happy New Year.

You can do it. I believe in you.

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By | 2017-10-12T11:42:08+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Learning & Leadership, Mission Vision Passion|2 Comments


  1. Wine Girl February 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply


    Your writings are a huge inspiration for me. There are so many ideas and beliefs you mention that I have lived by since I was a teenager.

    I have not been able to get myself back on track since the death of my parents. I struggle with this everyday.

    Recently, however, I am feeling better about setting goals again. It is the absolute most difficult challenge I have ever had to face in my life. They were a tremendous source of happiness for me.

    I agree with you, pictures are extremely powerful. There are (Vision) pictures in my mind from the past, present, and future. They have helped me achieve so much in my life.

    Keep doing what you are doing and I will continue to be inspired.


    • David Stannard February 19, 2017 at 5:48 am - Reply

      Thank you Wine Girl for replying with your kind commentary.

      Indeed, I believe pictures are very important. And you raise an excellent point about our (pictures of) past history. Possibly the only way forward is to replace them in our minds with fresh new future images of what our life will be? As you can see, I strongly advocate creating a (picture)Vision and then ensuring that it is placed somewhere prominent where it will be seen (both consciously and sub-consciously) every day. In this way our minds – and in particular the reticular activation system – can take that in as the point of reference from which to make decisions.

      I hope you can soon draw (and share?) your future Vision and continue / grow the amazing work you are also doing. Rest assured, there are many more blogs / messages to come from this end. I hope you have seen that my new book is also published. “Its Not About the Dirt” has a whole chapter given over to this subject as well as continuing the Paradise Rescued journey.

      Really appreciate the support and messages back, David

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