By ROB MILLS
It’s February, and by now I’m sure most of us have already tried and failed at making our New Year’s resolutions happen. I can relate.
My resolution of ‘go to the gym everyday’ quickly turned into, ‘well, okay, not every day but at least every other day’, into, ‘do some sort of exercise when I have time’.
Eventually it became ‘Rob, get out of bed today, seriously’.
And, I reckon I’ve figured out the reason. Okay, yes, I was a bit of a quitter but the real reason I failed was that the goal was unrealistic. Unattainable. It was too big and too much. You can’t go from nothing to something straight away.
So with all my free time (time that is available because I’m not doing any exercise) I did some thinking. And I came up with a simpler and less specific resolution.
Something where there are no ifs, no buts and no maybes. Something that I can’t make excuses about or put off or justify – a yes/no resolution.
And this is it: I’m going to say ‘yes’ more often.
YES. A simple, monosyllabic word that can have powerful consequences.
I know this might make me sound like a crazy hippy who works in a shop selling crystals but bear with me (worst comes to worst, I sell you a dream catcher and everyone walks away happy, right?)
I’ve said yes when I normally wouldn’t on more than one occasion recently and each time it has delivered an amazing outcome.
Case in point: the events of New Year’s Eve 2012.
I was performing at the Lord Mayor’s Ball at the Sydney Opera House. My original plan was to bail out after my performance and engage in the usual New Years Eve frivolity that never lives up to expectations.