Happy New Year! Did you or didn’t you make New Year’s resolutions? I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because although they begin with the best of intentions they are often abandoned by Valentine’s Day. Even the best of intentions can get buried under an avalanche of urgent demands on our schedules and soon we have forgotten those resolutions as we move on to other things.
I think a more productive way to make meaningful and long-lasting changes is to approach each day with a commitment to do things better or differently than we did the day before. Perhaps we need to change our viewpoint or listen more closely because of a conversation that was held the day before. Or, maybe we need to take a risk because we missed an opportunity due to fear. Or, is it time to select the salad on the menu and not the burger for lunch today.
Small every day commitments can add up to big changes. And there is no sense of failure if you miss something one day because there is always another day to begin again.
One way to begin this is to take an inventory every night. Think back over the day. Where did you really soar? What helped you to be successful? Where did you get tripped up? What got in your way? What is one thing you can do tomorrow that would avoid that obstacle again? Some people are self-aware enough to self-correct in the moment and some people, like me, need time to reflect and look carefully at what was happening on my insides at the time. Either way it is taking the time for self-reflection that becomes the important part of making serious and meaningful changes.
I truly hope that one of your daily commitments will be to take time for yourself. It is your life. And the time you take to become a better, healthier, happier, more successful you is time well spent. It is an investment that will pay dividends for everyone in your life.
Remember: “Life is not a drudgery to be endured. It is a festival to be enjoyed.” Anonymous.
Find the fun and live the joy,