Rather than making New Year’s resolutions, I like to remind myself of the following:
1. Move On From The Past
I could look back on the previous year and kick myself for perceived ‘failures’ that might have happened or things I ‘should have’ done better. This may sound negative but it can be human nature to do this, and I like to acknowledge the way the human mind sometimes works. It would be easy for me to say ‘Just focus on your achievements and successes’ – and while this is excellent advice, it’s sometimes easily forgotten.
So, if you do find yourself looking back on last year and berating yourself for perceived ‘failures’, what’s important is to realize that these ‘failures’ have already happened. They are in the past and cannot be changed.
What you can change is how you act RIGHT NOW, which will create a better future and a more successful year ahead.
Remember – ‘Today is the tomorrow you created yesterday’.
Never use the past as an excuse for not creating success in the present and therefore the future. Learn from your ‘failures’ and know what NOT to do next time!
2. Life Is A Continual Journey Of Improvement
We are all works in progress. We may want to be ‘perfect’ but this is impossible! I remind myself that ‘progress’ rather than ‘perfection’, is what we should all aim for.
3. Monitor Your Thoughts
Keep monitoring your thoughts on a daily basis. Strive to think positively for the majority of the time. Don’t focus on negative news reports in the media because if you feed a negative mindset, your actions will be influenced negatively.
4. Work Your Plan
Nothing can replace a well-thought-out plan. Planning replaces wishful thinking. What is your ideal destination in life, and what are the steps that you need to take to get there?
Once you have your plan laid out, don’t get complacent. You may diligently plan a car journey from A to B, which is all well and good. But in addition to that, you need to actually get in your car and drive your planned route, navigating the inevitable obstacles you’ll encounter, so that you reach your final destination.
And so, without further ado, I’m going to hop in my car, start the engine, and travel smoothly, but surely, into the New Year.
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