Eighty percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by mid-February, according to experts.
But Baron Warren wants you to get up and try it all over again anyway, even if you gave up on those resolutions several weeks ago.
Go out and achieve those yet-fulfilled dreams, write that book, lose that weight, finally dig deeper into your spiritual journey that you started a while back — or whatever your New Year’s resolutions were.
Warren, owner of life coaching company Cuts and Coaching in Metro Detroit, is a motivational speaker, published author and life coach who helps males (primarily in Detroit) in their journey to manhood — and women, too.
Warren said that “everyone has some type of gift or calling in their life” that people have been put on this earth to do.
“It is my personal belief you have to give your ability your responsibility. If you have a goal of starting a business, losing weight, mentoring somebody — if you have a goal of being the best plumber — if that is your gift to the world … the world needs that gift. You have to give that ability a responsibility.”
Native Detroiter Maria Beth Stanfield, an avid runner and ambassador for Black Girls Run! (BGR) keeps up with her goals of staying healthy by holding herself accountable, even when no one is looking.
Stanfield said that even being unable to run last year due to having a hip replacement, she continued to be mindful, even into this year. She hired a personal trainer to ensure she was staying on track.
“I kept up my momentum by hiring a personal trainer for weight lifting, invested in a Peloton bike that I use, and continue to run at least 100 miles a month,” she said, adding that the advice she would give to people looking to lose weight (or accomplish another goal) is to keep the target in sight, especially with the world opening back up soon.
“The secret to keeping your eyes on the prize is to remember that at some point we will be going back into the community and you want to look your best,” she said, adding that someone’s mindset is just as important as the investment, and that with “hard work you can achieve anything that you set out to achieve.”
She added that there is power in a village and BGR helped her and vice versa.
“Since I am an ambassador for BGR I have to consistently support and motivate others. Being active is a way that I model the expectations of our members and hold myself accountable,” she said.
Warren prides himself in holding others accountable with the way he speaks, lives his life and carries his calling. He said that he is a good speaker and it would do him “no good” sitting in his home office alone. Instead, Warren tries to find ways every day figuring out how he can “share that gift with the world.”
“We do have set-backs, we do drop the ball; miss the mark — that doesn’t change the possibility. My gift still has responsibility,” Warren said, adding that there will be good days and bad days, and that is okay, as long as people wake up with the mindset the next day that, “I have something to offer to the world.”
Warren added that his company, Cuts and Coaching, is run on living a life of integrity, which removes fear. His philosophy of “helping males become men of integrity” is done by showing them positive behaviors and examples that they live out every day.
“I often tell males that I deal with you don’t become a man on your 21st birthday. You don’t become a man with having four to five baby mammas — you become a man when living a life of integrity. You can become a man at 13 or stay a little boy at 55.”
Warren said that he is fearless when he leaves the house and beyond.
“I’m fearless when I operate in my craft … as a father I’m fearless,” he said, adding that he wrote a book, “Five Steps to Manhood,” which encourages males how to be men. He added that women have read the book more than men to help understand their significant others, sons, and other men in their lives.
He added that he wants males and females to discover their potential this year.
“I want them to understand that whatever you did yesterday is no longer your potential. Your potential is everything you can do or what you haven’t done yet,” Warren said. “Find out what that assignment is so we can maximize our potential.”
For more information visit www.baronwarren.com.