The last time I made a New Year Resolution was back in 2008/09.
It was the set-up for an epic failure.
Or, one could say it was an epic period of growth and transformation. It depends on how one looks at it, I guess.
In case you’re wondering, my new year “plan” was to be the best human being I could be, in order to help a certain person be the best human being he could be.
You’re rolling your eyes, I know. Clearly, that thinking is flawed, but I couldn’t see that at the time.
Yoga and meditation were part of “my plan”.
They helped stretch my mind and body into a new way of being, so I’m not totally against the whole NYresolution idea.
However, since then, I’ve chosen to skip the annual New Year Resolution.
Instead, I go for the Daily Resolution.
First, what I figured out in a moment of epiphany 10 years ago is that –
there is no “secret” to living a good life.
Living the good life starts from the inside – out.
It’s all about the every day little things that we do. The little rituals of life are what lay the foundation.
Things like: waking up early, making the bed, working out, writing thank you notes, kissing your partner “hello” & “goodnight”, spending money wisely.
Doing these kinds of little things consistently with the right mindset sets you up for the good luck that everyone usually just hopes for.
The saying that “you are your habits” is true. Take your time to get rid of bad ones and develop good ones.
Second, don’t cage yourself in by making rigid life plans. Cultivate opportunities and allow yourself to grow.
I have plans and ideas for all kinds of things, but my master plan is to simply keep growing.
Goals will change, but I know that new possibilities will keep coming my way as long as I keep moving.
Last but not least, keep your heart and mind open.
Being “just curious enough”, I’ll usually check out anything that may shift my perspective on improving my physical, emotional or spiritual wellbeing.
I am drawn to cheesy quotes and “hell-yeah” inspirational videos as I seek out those things that are in alignment with my life.
This quote, that I found and shared on the first day of this new year, just about sums how I have been trying to live my life for the last 10 years.
“If you want 2019 to be your year; don’t sit on the couch and wait for it. Go out. Make a change. Smile more. Be excited. Do new things. Throw away what you have been cluttering. Unfollow negative people on social media. Go to bed early. Wake up early. Be fierce. Don’t gossip. Show more gratitude. Do things that challenge you. Be brave.”
The main idea is that there are really very few “wrong answers”.
Just get up, get your mind right and work for it.
Pay attention to moments of serendipity. They are opportunities and possibilities.
You can’t fail if you stay awake and keep trying.
Everyone has a gift/path. Our job is to find it.
My daily resolution is to seek a good perspective so that I might see that gift/path and go for it.
Wake up and make it happen.