What sort of year have you decided that 2008 will be for you? A lot of people seem to be going off the idea of New Year's resolutions after many years of making them and then breaking them too soon after. Here are 10 ways to resolve to have a great year:
1. Start in this moment.
Don't wait for a certain day to allow time for mental preparation. How much time do you really need to prepare yourself to enjoy being happy?
2. Start with small improvements.
Decide that today you are going to do something better than yesterday. Then make that your new minimum standard for the following day when you improve just a little bit more, e.g. walking for one more minute each day.
3. Roll with the punches.
Dwelling on upsets is a waste of your precious time. Let them go as soon as you've learnt what you need to and move on.
4. Know what matters.
If you can honestly determine this, you can't lose your sense of direction in life.
5. Focus on what matters.
Give yourself and your priorities the attention and respect that they deserve.
6. Take the pressure down.
Don't expect too much of yourself. Some days were made for stopping to smell the roses; more days than most people take.
7. Minimise doubt.
Optimism's enemy is doubt. The more doubt you can get rid of, the greater your year will be.
8. Detach from outcomes.
The sooner you can do this, the sooner you will have less disappointment, less doubt and more joy.
9. Let some control go.
Life doesn't have to go the way you want it to. It can be a whole lot better!
10. Give yourself permission to make mistakes.
People won't think less of you for being human because they already had their suspicions anyway.
Just a little something to think about.