The ONE Resolution I’ve Kept Since College

I saw our Dean of Communications one day as he was leaving an Agriculture class. As we walked to my next class, I asked why a man with 2 PhD’s was sitting in on an Ag class. He told me,

“Never stop learning. There’s always something new for you to know. And when you do, you also learn about the people in that specialty. Learn at least two new things a year. And one of them should scare you a little.”

Dr. Emmel passed away more than a decade ago. But his wisdom stayed with me. Since that day way back in college, my primary Resolution has been. “Learn two new things every year, and one of them should scare me a little.”

Since then, among other things, I’ve rappelled down a mountain, climbed up one, climbed into the drivers seat of an 18 wheeler, got my pilot’s license, traveled and spoke throughout SE Asia alone, climbed into the lap of a giant Buddha at Borobudur Temple, competed in Olympic Weightlifting, took classes in Aramaic and Hebrew, moved to cities where I knew no one, and learned how to shoot at a Babes with Bullets camp.

Each time I overcame my fears and moved on, I met wonderful, interesting people with very different points of view. It expanded my own point of view and gave me a new perspective on life. I believe the resilience I’ve developed over the years has come partly from a wider exposure to different cultures and interests.

Having a broader Resolution each year leaves the door a open to possibility. It shows me a path I can follow, and keeps my life exciting. If you can’t think of a Resolution for yourself, try mine on for size this year and see if your life takes a turn for the better. If nothing else, it will be exciting!

Happy January 1st!


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Beth Terry, CSP, is a speaker, coach, writer and cowgirl. Her audiences are from around the world: she has spoken to almost half a million people in 6 countries. Her passion is watching the "popcorn popper" go off in people's heads when they 'get it.'

7 Replies to “The ONE Resolution I’ve Kept Since College”

  1. I love the thought of learning something that scares you a little. And to keep doing it. It’s how we push ourselves. I just watched on the news today something that makes me think of this. A fitness coach was being interviewed and was asked: What can a woman do if, even though she’s eating right and exercising regularly, she’s not losing weight?” The coach told the TV anchor, “The woman should do something different, and she needs to push herself.” She explained that women don’t push themselves when they exercise. She said they’ll do the half-hour on weights, but they won’t work to exhaustion like men do. She suggested this woman should work herself to exhaustion. Are women afraid of doing that? Maybe. I don’t know. But I think it’s good advice. It makes me think of your professor’s advice to do something that scares you. When you do, you’re pushing yourself. And isn’t that the only way we can tell what we’re really about on the inside?

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    • Thanks Carol – I’d love to make it to New Zealand. It’s one of my goals to do some training and speaking there. I’m looking forward to following you on Twitter. Cheers,

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