Are you thinking about making a change this year? I no longer believe in resolutions, but have set personal goals and “promises to myself”. Like allowing myself to accept the good things in my life, and not fade back in to the shadows but shine bright and be unashamed to do so, oh yeah… and as always DE-CLUTTER!
Regardless if you call them resolutions, promises, habits… a new year is a time for new beginnings.
“New Beginnings are in order, and you are bound to feel some level of excitement as new chances come your way.” – Auliq Ice
BEING PRESENT IS THE BEST PRESENT
Why is being in the present so important? Well, because when it comes down to it, the present is all we have. Most of us spend far too much time beating ourselves up about things that have already happened that we cannot change (in the past) or worrying about things that haven’t happened and may not even happen (the future). How many hours have you wasted thinking about problems you need to solve in the future and worrying about their outcomes? How much time have you wasted going over things that have already happened that you can’t do anything about now?
If you have one foot in the future and one in the past… you’re straddling (and missing) today. So ask yourself… where are your feet right now? Are you focused on things you can change (what’s happening right now) or are your feet entrenched in things you can’t change (what happened before or what COULD happen in the future).
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“Same mind with same old ideas enters the same old year; only the new mind with new ideas enters the New Year!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS… the business of YOU
When was the last time you said ‘No’ to something or someone when you knew it was not for you anymore, especially if it/they always depletes you rather than lifts you up? Or…when was the last time you said ‘Yes’ to what you know you need? Here, needs are not necessarily just a roof over our head, more money, love, friends but to look to fulfill some of our core needs such as sense of belonging; sense of worth; sharing; feeling loved. Sometimes we rely on other people too much and put a lot of pressure on them to supply what we are looking for when most of the time we can initiate, create, change our life to bring in and attract what we need ourselves.
As psychologist Guy Winch asks below, “We brush and floss but what daily activity do we do to maintain our psychological health?”
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
DECLUTTER YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS
The world of stresses and worries and errands and projects and noise that we must all endure inflicts upon us a mind full of clutter and chaos. A mind that sometimes cannot find the calm that we so desperately seek. Visible or invisible, clutter does the job of clogging our paths thereby slowing us down.
Without a compelling reason to get rid of the ‘bad’ stuff, you won’t actually do it. A clear, open space and clarity of mind are required for creativity to flow. It helps us function at optimum levels.
- If something is not working for you, change it or change your mind (thoughts) about it.
- Clear out half of your ‘to-do’ list. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
- Single-task. Bragging about multi-tasking is really saying “I do a lot of things at an average (or below average) level” What we’re seeking is giving your all to the ONE task set before you. Excellence, as well as peace of mind and a sense of accomplishment, follows.
- Spend less time on devices. Unplug from your phones, computers, and even the TV for a time every day. You want the calm? Shut down the noise.