Make the most of the coming year.
As we count down the final hours of 2017 on this last day and final blog post of the year, let’s pause a moment and take stock of the past twelve months. It may not have been a perfect year for most of us, but when we reflect back, in most cases we’d have to agree that there were far more good times than bad. There will always be a small percentage of people we know who had a rough year. These people constantly exclaim ‘I can’t wait for this year to be over’. For me, the only real part that I dislike and am ready for to end is always winter. I’m not a fan of the snow and ice. I dislike the short days of early darkness and sub-freezing temperatures. In North America, winter spans the end of the old year, and the beginning of the new. Seasons change, and winter exists in part to make us appreciate spring, summer and autumn all the more.
Raindrops keep falling on my head!
We have no control over the weather, just how we prepare for it. We carry an umbrella in case it rains. We have a coat or jacket in case it gets cold. Only a foolish person curses the weather because they chose not to plan accordingly. We don’t always have to like circumstances beyond our control, but realistically we know that the situation will change in time, and with proper planning and precautions, we can weather the storm. Make it your goal to accept the things you have no control over, and make positive changes over the things that you can control.
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay! My, oh my, what a wonderful day!
Every day each and every one of us gets 86,400 seconds to spend however we choose, with just two exceptions. The day we’re born and the day we die. Excluding those, our days are all the same length, yet some people never seem to get anything done, while others accomplish an incredible amount. The difference was the result of the choices made, and the attitude behind them. Planning your day out ‘saves time’. Procrastinating wastes it. Being miserable makes the day drag, but time flies when you’re having fun. Did you dwell on the past instead of planning for the future? Keep a positive attitude and try to find one good thing to be thankful for each day. Then focus on that. A positive attitude will attract like-minded people and soon you’ll be surrounded by a positive support group to help keep you encouraged. Remember, no one likes a sad sack.
Time is on my side, yes it is.
Plan ahead, and plan early. Don’t put off for tomorrow what can be done today! Prior proper planning prevents poor performance . Manage your time, manage your expenses. Make positive changes in every aspect of your life, and multi-task when you have complimentary goals.
The great thing about New Year’s is that it’s a reminder that we can start over. If you didn’t like the way this past year went, you can look back on what went wrong, and make changes to fix the problems. You can make New Year’s Resolutions for every item under the sun. The key though, is that you must complete the goal to achieve the result. If you change nothing, nothing will change. You can do it if you stay motivated. One key way to achieve this is by seeing positive change over a period of time. If you have a fitness goal, such as losing weight, break it down into smaller, easily achievable goals. Instead of focusing on the sixty pounds you want to lose this year, focus on the five pounds you need to lose in each of the twelve months and be consistent. Track your progress so that you can see how far you’ve come. And if you reach the goal early, go the extra mile and get ahead of the game. This way if you hit a plateau, or a stumbling block, you’ve got breathing room to regroup and recover from the setback. The same thing applies to financial goals. Slow and steady wins the race. Baby steps forward are still progress.
I faced it all and I stood tall And did it my way!
The Man in the Mirror is a book written by Patrick Morley in 1989. I recommend reading it, as well as exploring any self-help books pertaining to the area of your life that you wish to change. In The Man in the Mirror , the author attempts to teach us to solve 24 problems every man faces in life. Although geared for men, this book applies to everyone. The title is the clue to the cause of the problems, and the solution is to live our lives in a more godly manner. How many of the problems we face in our lives are a direct result of our stubbornness to do it ‘our way’ instead of the right way? How many times do we repeat the same mistakes and expect different results? An honest person is forced to admit that the larger portion of our misfortunes are self-made. Blaming the year and wishing it were over is a very childish way to deal with one’s problems. After all, if you don’t effect positive changes in your life, most likely next year will be a repeat of this year, or maybe be even worse. The choice is up to you! Are you ready for more of the same, or a fantastic new beginning? You decide. As always I wish you happiness and success!