Keeping Our New Year’s Resolutions

on Jan 10 in Personal Development tagged by

We’re all so busy. We have too much to do yet not enough time to do it. We tell ourselves we are going to enjoy life more. We make New Year’s Resolutions to not work as hard, slow down, and “smell the roses.” Yet, year after year, we find ourselves back in the same rut, doing the same things, and not having enough time to smell those dang roses. So, what can we do differently this year to promise ourselves we will make positive changes that will enable us to enjoy more of life?

Fred Tracy wrote an article in which he lists simple to complex steps to take in order to reach our goals, slow down, and keep our New Year’s Resolution of enjoying life. His list includes:

  1. “Make your own morning coffee (or tea!)” – Waking up 15 minutes early gives you the chance to be grateful for a process that you enjoy. Instead of picking up drive-through coffee and paying someone else for you morning java, make it yourself. The extra time will allow you to “shake-off sleepiness,” smell the flavorful aromas, and enjoy a “sense of accomplishment.”
  2. “Have lunch with a friend” – Taking a 30-60 minute lunch break with someone you like will help your mind “slow down and you’ll begin to enjoy yourself.” Also, as an added benefit, you will have “renewed creativity and, of course, productivity.”
  3. “Eat at a new restaurant” – Finding a new place to eat makes you slow down and appreciate your surroundings.
  4. “Take a walk by yourself” – We all need time alone, but knowing when we need it is key. Combining alone time with an outdoor walk gives us a sense of inner happiness and a fresh sense of perspective.
  5. “Use your imagination” – Imagining something for fun helps slow down the aging process and gives you a chance to laugh.
  6. “Get lost in a good book” – Reading something just for fun that is not related to work is one of the best ways to remove our stress and “immerse ourselves in a fantasy world.”
  7. “Get rid of one thing a day” – We have so much clutter around us that we tend to not notice it or how it affects us. Once we start to clean some of the outside clutter surrounding us, we will soon notice our internal clutter diminish.
  8. “Create something” – “Creation is a process like none other. Putting to use your innovative faculties and constructing something with your mind that will eventually become a reality leaves one with an indescribable sense of wholeness.”
  9. “Express gratitude” – When we live our life thankful for all we have and for all that surrounds us, our life will be forever changed for the better.
  10. “Meditate each day” – Although this may seem like the most simple of the ten, it is also “the most potentially life-changing….and, (can) completely revolutionize the way you see the world. It’s quick and easy, and it makes you feel great.”

Any and all of these steps can start you in the right direction for a better life, but the most important part is to get started even if it is one step at a time. Once that one step becomes your normal, you will easily be able to add another step while eventually adding all ten.

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