Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Top 10 Ways to Resolve to Have a Great Year

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.


Wicked H said...

I will take all the above into consideration. I am not one to make resolutions, the pressure just doesn't seem worth it. I try to live each and every day by the Golden Rules.

Also I consume at least one martini each and every day.

I do resolve to meet my Brother in the coming year. If I do not, I fear that I may be dis-owned. That is a fate worse than death.

Happiness to us all in 2008, especially my Brother Monty!!

Echomouse said...

This is all excellent advice. Thanks Monty :)

Have a wonderful New Year!

AmyTree said...

Amen to that! Happy New Year Monty.

Glamourpuss said...

Happy New Year, Monty. As long as this next year isn't as crappy as the last one, I'm happy.


Alison said...

Happy New Year, Monty!

Odat said...

Very nice advice!!!!

Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours!!!


Open Grove Claudia said...

Great list! I completely agree! Although, I saw this interesting interview with Shakira where she said that she thought doubt was good. If she didn't doubt, she was sure she wasn't pressing herself. She was instead doing the same old thing. This kind of doubt, I think, is very healthy.

Many blessings in the new year!

Claudia said...

I had to laugh at number 10--they already had their suspicions anyway! so true!!

cmhl said...

excellent suggestions--- especially #6 & #9. I need to work on those two.

happy new year!!

My Reflecting Pool said...

wonderful advice! I need to work on 9 & 10. I'm sure there are other, but this is a good start. Happy New Year!

M@ said...

Letting some control go is essential. I can only paddle around in my little boat but I can't change the current....

Happy New Year.

Crankster said...

Good advice--I will definitely try to take it!

Happy New Year to you, Monty!

Nosjunkie said...

"Lee your allowed to fuck it up"
at least I got one right

Szarek(Will) said...

AMEN TO THE CEO...great pointers for a great new year

barb michelen said...

look this is the "diet" i told you about you should really enter the site :) bye enter the site

Echomouse said...

are you waiting for me to print this out and tape it to my bathroom mirror or something? do you need a photo? will that make you do a new post???? lol

just kidding ;)

Odat said...

Where are you???????????????????

Eris said...

Hey, Happy New year. Are you okay?

The CEO said...

I just put up a new post, I was recovering from surgery. But, I can sit for a while now! You all are great!