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According to the Chinese Fortune Calendar, 2015 is the “Year of the Sheep.” I’m not so sure if that is a good sign of how people will succeed in their New Year’s resolutions. Sheep are known to be a “flocking” animal – they find safety in numbers and feel more comfortable tagging behind a leader.

So, if you are the type of person who likes to lead then this could be a very special year for you. If you are not a born leader then, you will do well to get the sheep theory out of your head.

And don’t try using it as an excuse.

With that aside, I think we would all do better with our goals if we think positive. Saying it could happen is more productive than saying it won’t, it’s going to be too hard or, I simply don’t have the time.

Hogwash. If you can find the time to ponder over the goal or set it aside for another day, you have already taken the most important step to achieving the goal or instituting much-needed change in your life.

It’s just finding the right time to launch the goal into action that makes all the difference between failure and success.

Positive change can only come when you are ready for it – you can not force it upon yourself. That’s a recipe for disaster and only ends up as another excuse for failure. Waiting until the time and the environment is right and can support what needs to be done is a more sensible approach.

Everyone wants to change their life – that’s only natural, right?

Sometimes it’s more important though in how we change rather than what we change. Did we change to satisfy someone else, or did we make changes to improve our lives?

If you’ve decided that 2015 is the year for change…make sure that you change it for all the right reasons and not for someone else.

Don’t be like the sheep.

Find your own goal to follow and lose all the sheepherders.


Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine.

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