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I will!

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I thought it might be a good time to revisit our New Year’s resolutions that I hope are still unbroken. When I read the Wilcox quote above the first thing that went through my mind was “that’s easy for her to say,” but it is not always easy to do. Once I caught myself rationalizing possible failure I shifted to accepting the challenge. Bottom line is resolutions are not of much value if we don’t sustain the resolve needed to achieve them. My challenge always is to not let road blocks and setbacks turn into excuses that allow me to back off of what needs to be done. In my case that is not always an easy task.

So the choice we each get to make is to let what we need to do slip away through inaction or reap the benefits that come from disciplined behavior. Steve Brunkhorst offers the following reinforcement and I think he is on target.


Strengthening Resolve


Resolve is firmness of one’s purpose. It is founded on earnest decision and backed by commitment. Here are five thoughts about strengthening resolve…

1. A clear vision of one’s future held consistently in mind will help to build and maintain resolve. The person keeps illuminating the outcome with a laser-sharp focus.

2. A strong resolve is continually nourished by gathering new information and knowledge. Fear and insufficient information can create real and imaginary obstacles. Continuous learning can expose and prevent them.

3. Action, especially thought-action, increases resolve because it can result in small successes and new discoveries, which enhance the dream or bring it closer more quickly.

4. Resolve remains strong when dreams are aligned with one’s core values. Small successes can clarify or strengthen one’s sense of perseverance, thereby intensifying resolve.

5. Resolve can be strengthened through team work. It is magnified by trusting alliances with others who are willing to share the vision of future accomplishments.

Your vision may be attainable next week or seem years beyond the horizon. There is always that first stepping-stone to start you on the journey. Resolve to take that first step today. By infusing your thoughts with love, faith, and determination, you will build the tenacity needed to meet every obstacle with resolve.


“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”

Leonardo da Vinci


It was the first day of school; many new teachers and even more new students, filled the building quickly. As the principal made his rounds to check in on each class, he heard a terrible commotion coming from one of the classrooms down the hall. He quickly rushed down the corridor, opened the door where he heard the noise coming from, & walked in. Right away he spotted one boy, taller than the others, who seemed to be making the most noise.  Despite the boy’s reluctance to move, the principal seized the lad, dragged him to the hall, and told him to wait there until he was excused. No and’s, if’s, or but’s about it! Returning to the classroom, the principal restored order and then proceeded to lecture the class for half an hour about the importance of good behavior.

“Now,” he said,” are there any questions before I leave?”

“One girl stood up timidly.  “Please sir,” she asked, “May we have our teacher back?”

“Well, I don’t see why not.”  Looking around the class, he says, “And…just…. where… exactly… is your teacher?”

“He’s the one out in the hall, sir.”


I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.

Franklin P. Adams


This speaks a lot about the quality of Japanese products and their standards:

They’re still laughing about this at IBM.  Apparently the computer giant decided to have some parts manufactured in Japan as a trial project.  In the specifications, they stated that they will only accept three defective parts per 10,000.

When the delivery came in there was an accompanying letter.  It said, “We Japanese had a hard time understanding North American business practices. But the three defective parts per 10,000 have been separately manufactured and have been included in the consignment.  Hope this pleases you.”


Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.


Two men sank into adjacent train seats after a long day in the city.

One asked the other, “Your son go back to college yet?”

“Two days ago.”

“Hmm. Mine’s a senior this year, so it’s almost over.

In May, he’ll be an engineer.”

“What’s your boy going to be when he gets out of college?”

“At the rate he’s going, I’d say he’ll be about thirty.”

“No, I mean what’s he taking in college?”

“He’s taking every penny I make.”

“Doesn’t he burn the midnight oil enough?”

“He doesn’t get in early enough to burn the midnight oil.”

“Well, has sending him to college done anything at all?”

“Sure has! It’s totally cured his mother of bragging about him!”


Don’t borrow trouble.  Be patient and you’ll soon have some of your own.


A stockbroker was cold calling about a penny stock and found a taker. “I think this one will really move,” said the broker. “It’s only $1 a share.”

“Buy me 1,000 shares,” said the client.

The next day the stock was at $2. The client called the broker and said, “You were right. Give me 5,000 more shares.”

The next day the client looked in the paper and the stock was at $4.

The client ran to the phone and called the broker, “Get me 10,000 more shares.”

“Great!” said the broker.

The next day the client looked in the paper and the stock was at $9.

Seeing what a great profit he had in just a few days, the client ran to the phone and told the broker, “Sell all my shares!”

The broker asked, “To who? You were the only one buying that stock.”


“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”

Abraham Lincoln


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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