Forget New Year’s resolutions!

This was sent to my inbox email and I thought this would be good to post for those especially not into “New Years resolutions”. I find everytime I make a NYR I forget about it by March. LOL So I like this approach this woman gives for keeping your sanity and making improvements throughout the year.

 

8 Exceptional Ways to Begin the New Year
by Linda Sapadin, Ph.D

Another new year. With each new beginning, we look to ways we can reinvent ourselves. We clamor for ways to keep our resolutions.

But what if you put away the resolutions and just consider different ideas to help you live a better life. Not just this year, but throughout the year, any time. Here are eight such ideas.

1. Get an annual mental checkup. – What? What’s that? You go for a physical checkup. You get your eyes checked. Your teeth cleaned. Your auto inspected. Well, then, why are you leaving out the most precious part of you: your mind? No, you’re not crazy. But your mind may not be in tip-top shape. How about fine-tuning your emotional responses? Refining your decision-making skills? Upgrading your communication skills? Enriching your relationships? A checkup every January can jump-start your New Year so that you reap the benefits all the rest of the months.

2. “Get it!” – What’s “it?” What are you supposed to “get?” A better body? A hotshot car? A shopping spree at the mall? Yes, you can “get” all of those things. But if that’s all you “get” — a gnawing emptiness will haunt you at the most unexpected times. So think about what it is you need to “get” this New Year that’s deeper and more meaningful. Then, take the action you need to take to make it happen.

3. Appreciate how good things really are. – Sure, you’ve had tough times this year. But unless this is the absolute worst possible year of your life, give yourself the gift of appreciation. Zooming in on all the things that didn’t work out well means you’ve skipped right past what did work out well. Too bad. Reverse that direction!

4. Change your mind. – About what? You decide. But make sure it’s something significant. Why should you change your mind? Because if you don’t, you stay stuck in your ways. What’s the matter with that? Aren’t there some things that should remain the same? Yes. But in most areas, social to scientific, people-oriented to tech-oriented, knowledge evolves. Don’t spin your resistance to change into a laudable trait. If there’s one thing you owe yourself, it’s honesty.

5. Fail. – Fail??? Isn’t that something we’re all trying to avoid? Isn’t success what we should all be aiming for? Nothing wrong with success, but unless you’ve had your fair share of failure, you haven’t stepped outside your comfort zone. So, step out! This year, get involved in something that you are absolutely no good at. See what it’s like to attempt that activity. Feel humbled. Then appreciate your decision to try something difficult. That’s the way people grow.

6. Know when enough is enough. – No matter what you’re doing, there’s a time to end it. Maybe you have trouble making an important decision. Mull it over. Obtain additional information. Consult people you respect. But don’t get stuck in the paralysis of analysis syndrome. Eventually, it’s time to make a decision. Maybe you’ve been arguing with a family member. After a certain point, does it matter who’s right, who’s wrong? Say what you have to say. Then, let go and agree to disagree. Enough is enough.

7. Be enthusiastic. – Young kids are enthusiastic about almost everything while adults tend to let their enthusiasm wane. After awhile, it just all seems to be hard work. Don’t let that happen to you. Get enthusiastic! About what? That’s your job to discover. Once you do, fun will re-enter your life. Imagine bubbling over with excitement about something you learned, something you did, something you read. Make it happen this New Year.

8. Fill in the blank. – I’ve provided you with seven exceptional ways to begin 2013. You create the eighth. I’d love to hear what it is!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. omerta327
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 08:57:06

    8. Listen to and get pumped up to this song every day. I’ve made this my official 2013 song. From Connecticut’s own Hatebreed.

    Another memory and I’m asking myself
    why cant I let the past be the past.
    Once and for all take a hold of the future
    And not let it control what I aspire to have.
    I see where my decisions have brought me
    Whats done is done and its time to start again
    Can’t let it tear me in two or waste me away
    I gotta believe

    Cause this is now
    How can I change tomorrow if I can’t change today.
    This is now
    If I control myself I control my destiny.

    What I’ve seen and what I’ve been through has made me who I am
    There was a time in my life where I had no desire to carry on
    I couldn’t see a place for me or a will to survive
    I never thought to rely on myself or the beliefs that I have denied

    But this is now
    How can I can change tomorrow if I can’t change today
    This is now
    If I control myself I control my destiny

    If I control myself I control my tomorrow
    I got to change today
    Cause this is now

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    • Neecy
      Jan 07, 2013 @ 09:26:10

      oooh that’s a really good one Omertà! Its like the words speak directly to someone who is looking to start of a new year the right way.

      I am definitley going to keep lookign at those lyrics b/c its so true to how we have to move forward and not look back.

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    • foosrock!
      Jan 08, 2013 @ 06:29:26

      That was actually inspiring and positive. Have only ever heard thrash metal songs that were “angstsy” and angry.

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  2. Neecy
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 09:29:36

    Here’s my 8th:

    Joyce Meyer Daily Devotionals.
    http://www.joycemeyer.org/Articles/Devotional.aspx

    Everyday she offers a scripture and breaks it down into how we can improve ourselves, our spirit each day. I have always been into words of wisdom and inspirational quotes. So this year I will make this apart of my everyday doing. I believe it will help my start each day on a positive path, despite whatever happens in that day, week or month.

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  3. foosrock!
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 15:23:20

    Thrash metal with a positive message?. Wonders never cease.

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