As one year comes to an end and another gets ready to begin so does my list of becoming a "better version of myself". We all do it every year and it plays out year after year like the movie GroundHog Day. Each new year we make resolutions to improve our lives, and most often by the end of that year, we have taken steps back from where our original intentions started in January. So this year I decided to make small incremental changes to change my world instead of trying to rock it all at once. I'm still narrowing the list but here are some things that I believe should fall under consideration for just about everyone.
First and foremost- take steps this year to take care of your health because without good health you've got nothing. Our health is something we take for granted until something goes haywire . How will you take care of your body this year? Will you resolve to eat a healthier diet? Exercise more to increase cardiovascular health and muscle and joint heath? Deploy relaxation techniques to reduce the effects of stress on your body? Challenge your mind to keep your brain sharp? Whatever you decide...do something...change one thing at a time...small steps add up to big impact.
What about a vow to simplify life...just a little? How will you do it? Will you allow yourself to unplug from technology for a short time each day? Will you allow yourself to turn off the TV and just sit and clear your mind? Maybe you can prepare your meals each Sunday for the coming week to simplify weekly meal planning. Whatever it is that causes you stress, try to find small ways to simplify and I guarantee along with simplification comes less chaos.
A sure way to positively impact your life is to be of service to others. When you give a little of yourself you get so much back in return. Maybe this is the year you will increase your charitable giving or take time to work in a local food pantry. Find your passion and you will surely be rewarded tenfold. I guarantee you there is no greater feeling of inner peace than seeing the results of unselfish giving to another person.
One of my favorite inspirational quotes is "change your attitude - change your life". Imagine the possibilities in 2014 a little change in "attitude" can bring. Good luck with creating the better version of yourself - go out and change your world!