Every January, millions of people make a list of all the things they hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. When we carry over unfilled resolutions from the previous year to the new year, are we setting ourselves up for another feeling of failure?
Probably the most common resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise. After a short while, we start beating ourselves up when we cheat on our diet or forego exercise. The struggle to fulfill unrealistic expectations may leave us feeling defeated when we fall back into old routines, having not accomplished our goals or seen any real differences.
What if we took a different approach to making changes and decided to just be the best we can be EVERY DAY, and really mean it! Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, hold positive intentions to take even the smallest steps toward achieving your goals.
You can take better care of your body by focusing on all the foods that are good for you rather than lamenting over the items that you shouldn’t eat. Use opportunities to get exercise through common activities, like parking a distance away from your destination, taking the stairs, carrying your groceries, etc.
Can you imagine the possibilities in this world if we simply vowed to be a better person? Showing kindness to others would go a long way in helping us be more successful in our everyday endeavors. If we saw someone that was struggling and walked beside them and gave them words of encouragement or direction, just imagine how life-changing it might be for them. If we change ourselves to always think positively and be a positive person instead of always pointing out others’ flaws and dwelling on the negativity, the wave of positive energy will overtake the world and this will become a better place for all to live.
It starts with little things. Don’t bark out orders at your family. Get up early and make coffee for your spouse or breakfast for the kids. Wave to your neighbor when leaving for work instead of rushing to your car. While driving to work, don’t cut someone off in traffic but let them get in line ahead of you. At the office, ask if you can help someone with their work or chat with a coworker you hardly know. Call your Mom at lunchtime and tell her you love her. When you get home from work, don’t kick your shoes off and sit down to watch TV for the rest of the night. Have a conversation with your spouse and children. Ask them how their day was and really be interested in what they have to say. You will be surprised how much fun it can really be. Tell your family how grateful you are for having them in your life. You will be surprised on how far just a few small words will go to encourage someone else and let them know they are loved.
So for 2019, let every day be your new year’s resolution day. Resolve to be the best that you can be. If you have a bad day, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on. Don’t let it make you feel defeated. Tomorrow is a new day; it can be a much better one if you focus on others instead of yourself. In a positive world, there are no such things as problems, just learning experiences and educational opportunities.