Let’s be honest, New Years Resolutions are usually broken before the end of the 1st of January. But that’s OK. Most of us set completely unrealistic resolutions anyway. So, to give yourself the hope of getting past day one try setting resolutions that are manageable and realistic.
Look at the start of the New Year, as a new beginning. And what better way to start this new beginning by setting new goals that could help to form the best year of our lives.
Most of our human problems centres in our minds. Fear, worry, stress are all thoughts that we allow to take up time in our minds. We envisage a situation, focus on the outcome and then our minds go into over drive and we are unable to cope. But if we change our mind-set and look at the problem for what it is, we find that these emotions float away and we can take small steps to getting things done.
Maya Angelou – “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
How many times have you told yourself, Yes, I’m going to do that and then you replace it with negative thoughts and don’t do anything. You need to train your brain to automatically replace the negative with a positive. Life is for living, so don’t just dream about it, get up and do it.
Robert De Niro – “Time goes on. So, whatever you’re going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.”
There are 365 days available to tackle your life. And on the 1st of January this timeframe can be overwhelming. But don’t look any further than the 24 hours ahead of you. Don’t worry about tomorrow, focus on the now. You don’t need to do everything today. Plan your life, organise yourself and attempt things slowly. Break down tasks that daunt you and you will find you can get through them better.
Eckhart Tolle – “People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as memory or anticipation in your mind.”
Do you wish you had more time to fill your brain with knowledge and facts? Well, make time to read a book or watch an educational video or use the internet for positive research. Think of how much time you waste by being on social media and ask yourself does it bring anything to your life. Instead fill that time learning something new or doing something useful and productive.
Albert Einstein “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
Set yourself small and realistic challenges. If you have a fear of heights don’t plan to do a sky dive. If you don’t have any money don’t plan to take that once in a life-time holiday. Instead find something that is achievable and that you stand a chance of completing. And when you complete it, set another one. Keep the pattern going. And at the end of the year look back at what you did and do the same next year.
David Schwimmer “I like to challenge myself. I like to learn – so I like to try new things and try to keep growing.”
Helping others, helps you. Get out and about and mingle with people you haven’t seen for ages or aim to meet new people. We all have struggles and when you pick up that phone and call someone, this maybe just what they need. That feeling of doing something good will help set you up for the day.
Albert Schweitzer “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
The New Year can be an exciting time, it can be refreshing. So, grab this with both hands and put your thoughts into positive action. Banish the negative thoughts and get doing what you’ve always wanted. You have 24 hours day, make them count.