“‘Those Grand Resolutions’
Along with the rest of the world, on New Year’s Day I made a lot of new resolutions. I felt good after making them–kind of satisfied with myself. But here it is the last of January and some of these grand resolutions are beginning to crack, and I’m looking for the reason. I think I have found it. You can’t create habits simply by resolving. Only indomitable persistence, trying and failing, and trying again and failing not so soon, will make those resolutions a reality.
I have a task to accomplish. I will eat moderately, play moderately, save moderately, but more than these, I will have a passion to overcome every influence that keeps me from being my best. I won’t be a flower that only blooms from January 1st to January 15th. Not for a few days but all through the year I’ll make my life count.
Get out your resolutions, your aims, your quota, or whatever has been your goal. Then say, ‘I’ll make the flame of my resolve just as hot today, and in February, and throughout the year as on January 1st; and by the Eternal, I’ll do it'”
–William H . Danforth
from As A Man Thinketh, 1924