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Sticking to Your New Year's Resolutions

More people break their New Year’s resolutions than actually keep them. Some break their resolutions on New Year’s Day, or, worse, on New Year’s Eve. But, with a few tips and tricks, you can be one of the few who follow through with their commitment to change their lives for the better.

Be Realistic. You’ll set yourself up for failure if you make the goal to lose 50 pounds by April. Choose goals that you can actually achieve and that won’t discourage you enough so you quit outright. Rather than say you will quit smoking in a set amount of time, say that you want to reduce your daily cigarette number by half in time for Easter.

Be Positive. Keeping a New Year’s resolution will always be easier to do when it’s something positive. Rather than saying you’ll cut out all fast food, make the goal to improve your diet. Don’t say that you’ll lose weight, but that you’ll exercise more.

Get Support. You will have more success when you enlist the help of others, whether it’s a spouse, sibling, friend or coworker. Set the goal together, and check in with each other often. Never criticize or belittle any failures the other has. Instead, motivate each other and provide encouragement.

Allow for Failure. There will be times when you falter and blow it. Whether you skip a whole week at the gym or just haven’t make progress on cleaning out the garage, there are things in life that get in the way. Don’t let failure derail you; instead just accept the error, try to prevent it from happening again and get back on track.

'Where Have All The Leaders  Gone?'

'Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening?  Where the Blank is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder!  We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car.  

But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, 'Stay the course.'
Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned, 'Titanic'. I'll give you a sound bite: 'Throw all the bums out!'
You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up.
I hardly recognize this country anymore.
The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in  Iraq, the  Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving 'pom-poms' instead of asking hard questions.

That's not the promise of the ' America ' my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for.  I've had enough. How about you?
I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis !
Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory.  Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself.  It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.
On September 11, 2001, we needed a  strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes.  A hell of a mess, so here's where we stand.
We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the country. We're losing the manufacturing edge to  Asia, while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs.
Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy.  Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves. The middle class is being squeezed every which way. These are times that cry out for  leadership.
But when you look around, you've got to ask: ' Where have all the leaders gone? ' Where are the curious, creative  
communicators?  Where are the  people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common  sense?  I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the  point.
Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial hours after the storm.
Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms
happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what you're going to do the next time.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when ' The Big Three' referred to Japanese car companies?

How did this happen, and more important, what  
are we going to do about it?
Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem.  The silence is
deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.
I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity.  

What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on CNN will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?
Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here.  I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope - I believe in  America. In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some of  Americas 
greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst  crises: ' The  'Kennedy Assassination,' the 'Vietnam  War,' the  1970's oil  crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11. & gt; 

If I've learned one thing, it's this: ' You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action.  Whether it's building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play.

That's the challenge I'm raising  It's a "Call to Action" for people who, like me, believe in America '. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let' s shake off the crap and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had  'enough.'
DO SOMETHING It's our country, folks. It's our future. Our future is at stake!!


    Pray for our men and woman in the military

    Heavenly Father, we humbly ask that you watch over our soldiers, sailors and airmen and protect them from thy enemy, show them a new revelation of your love and power.

    Holy Spirit, I ask you to minister to their Spirit at this very moment, Where there is pain, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through you grace, Where there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs. Bless their homes, families, finances and journeys. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Green Frog

Food for Thought

"When the people fear their government, there is TYRANNY.

When the government fears the people, there is LIBERTY."

Thomas Jefferson

All that is essential for the Triumph of Evil is that Good men do nothing!

Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

Thomas Jefferson

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government.

Thomas Jefferson

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