The surprising affect your friends have on your New Year’s resolutions

“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” – Russian Proverb


We are almost 8 weeks into the new year. How are your New Year’s resolutions? Many people don’t even set a New Year’s resolution, (or goals), but many do. And they typically struggle. In fact, according to a survey conducted by time management experts FranklinCovey, a full 35 percent of New Year’s resolutions are broken before the end of January of the successive year.

Why do so many people fail to change so frequently?

That’s a BIG topic, but let’s start with addressing one of the most critical factors – the power of your peer group.

Parents and teachers are keenly aware of the power of peer groups to influence behavior and, ultimately, their lives. Are you?

Try this simple exercise:

  1. Write down the names of the five people you spend the most time with on an average week.
  2. Pick one area of your life such as financial (debt, income, etc.), health (fitness level, weight, etc.), relationships (spouse, friends, family), etc.

It’s been said we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.  If you are honest – really honest – is that true in your case? Look at your top five peer list and hold them up to your level in any category; what do you find?


If you want better results start with being very aware of your peer group. (Just like your mother told you.)

See for yourself – Are you REALLY smarter than a 5th grader?

It’s almost high-stakes testing time again for students all across our land. Have you ever wondered if YOU are smarter than a 5th grader? Let’s find out…

Try it for yourself. Really. Give it a try. I dare you 😉


Here are a few student assessment examples used in Colorado (These are best viewed on a computer, not smartphone or tablet):

How did you do?
Please leave a comment after you take a practice exam or two – I would love to hear your thoughts!

Quote & Question: little or BIG?

Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs, Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. – Dale Carnegie


I believe I understand the point Mr. Carnegie was trying to make but my question for you is,

How do you balance “little jobs” and “BIG jobs”?

My mind jumps to balancing “details” and “VISION”.