For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. — Jeremiah 29:11

The new year is upon us, therefore there is time for each of us to think of “Something New in 2018!” Why go through life doing the same old thing, day after day, month after month, and year after year? It is not beneficial to continue to live your lives without new experiences. We would not have moved up from kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade without learning something new each and every year! Did you notice when you did not study your math well, and you barely passed the course, it was quite difficult the next grade? In fact, some of you probably had to get some tutoring sessions either from an after-school program, a family member or even a paid tutor. Learning at every level to the best of your ability was and still is a must.

Does this topic bring some new and exciting things to mind that you are interested in? My older brother, who is now 72 years old, has decided to go to the local community college to learn how to use his computer. Though he has put this off all of his life, it has suddenly become of interest to him. He will do just fine. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear!

Let’s take a look at some examples that you can relate to. Col. Sanders is best known for creating a fried chicken recipe that would become the world-famous Kentucky Fried Chicken. Sanders focused on franchising his fried chicken business around the country, collecting a payment for each chicken sold to eventually become the world’s largest fast-food chicken chain.

Each of us can do more than we think we can. How many of you have heard the story of the elephant with the chain around its ankle? An elephant can be held by only a small chain tied to its front leg. No cages. Clearly the elephants could, at any time, break away from the chain, yet for some reason, they won’t.

Even with a trainer nearby, these elephants would still not try to break the chain. So when researching this subject, you’ll learn that when elephants are very young and much smaller, someone can use the same sized rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grew up, they have already become conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never attempt to break free.

These animals could at any time break free from their bonds, but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were. How many of us — like those elephants — go through life hanging on to a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Les Brown taught all of us Les Brown Speakers that we must fail our way to success. He told us that each time we fail, we will learn not to do that same thing again the next time, thus we will be moving ourselves forward. Failure is not an option. It will happen to everyone. It is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

My challenge to each of you is to try something new this year! In the words of the late, great Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, “If it is to be, it’s up to me!”

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Visit her website,, send comments to, or call 240-602-6291. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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