Tuesday, December 25, 2018

My New Approach to New Years Resolutions

This year, I’m not going to make a list of resolutions to follow. No next year I’m going to do this or that. My resolutions will be simple, because often the most easy to follow or complete things are the ones that are incredibly simple. It’s important to always work towards bettering your character and your attitudes. These are some resolutions that I believe will help create a better life and attitude towards everything.
Seek excellence
Find Joy
The first one seems complicated, but in practice is very much not. Seeking excellence is as simple as working toward goals, living with a defined purpose and set intentions. Seeking excellence is not a one time goal, but a purpose to plan for success and to not live without a defined sense of what you want. This also allows for times where you’re just unmotivated for anything other than laying around. You can simply get up and drink a cup of coffee and clean or do what you are capable of at that particular moment. Excellence is a process…not something that can be completed in a day.
Setting a resolution to live allows you to accept what goes on in your life as simply what it is: a part of life. You can be bitter that you lost income, or that people you care about don’t feel the same about you or you can understand that life is inherently unfair and that we can change our perspective instead of allowing it to break us. Live with the idea that we are here to give value and to appreciate everything, even the negatives. I can tend at times to only see what is going wrong, so resolving to live life is a way to work towards focusing on the wonderful instead of the awful. Everything that happens may not have a reason, but the only thing we are able to control are our own reactions to it and what we do as a result.
Finding joy ties into living life as we are rarely able to control events. We can change how we think about them, and choosing to focus on joy and to create joy in our lives can and often does radically change our overall perspective. I can be negative at times, which is why I feel this is an appropriate goal to have. You can view a life event as crippling and making you helpless, or you can see it as an opportunity to be happy and to focus on the positive aspects. It’s up to you.
So, to conclude, I’d encourage you to view your New Years Resolutions differently this year. Find one attitude that you want to change and work on that instead of “losing weight” or “drinking less”. Those are great resolutions, but personally I believe that changing one’s mindset will naturally spur these intentions to happen naturally as a result of how you think. Allow these resolutions to free you from the prisons of traditional resolutions and to create a better life and perspective. Cheers to 2019 and may your year be useful, profitable, and joyful.

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