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Stay on the Line this New Years

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Hardy L. BrownFidelity Investments has several commercials where the message is stay on the line. The one that got my attention for this editorial for the year involves the African American lady telling her client when he is leaving her office his retirement plan looks good. As she opens the door for him this green carpet appears for him to walk on. So, as he happily walked down the street, his eyes turned to view the expensive cars which are tempting him to come in and buy. Not knowing she is watching, she calls out to him, stay on the line. He smiles and gets back on the green carpet.

As we move into the new year, many of us will set goals or resolutions we know are good and we start out with good intentions. Some will commit to lose weight, start a business, save money, be a better parent, a better student and the list goes on and on. There will be some who will pray for strength to keep their resolutions while others will prepare special new year’s meals like black eyed peas, chittlings, hog head cheese or other favorites as traditional good luck foods. Some of us are like the man in the commercial as soon as the first day is over we get back to business as usual while others will last longer. Unlike the commercial we will not have someone to stay behind us making sure we stay on the line.

Therefore let me offer you a few suggestions on keeping your goals. Write them down. This will help you know what you are committing yourself to do. Review the list daily or at another scheduled time to remind yourself. This is also part of your evaluation for any adjustments that might need to be made. Give yourself pep talks or read motivational scriptures, poems or stories that will inspire you. These are the things that say to you “if they could do it, I can too.” Now like the man in the commercial, who stopped to look at the cars, you too might stop or get off track. Just remember the trick is not to stay off but get back on track as quickly as possible.

Have a safe new year celebration and write down whatever you wish to achieve in 2010.

Happy New Year!


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