Happy New Year
Let’s work to make 2021 a Happy New Year.
It’s time to take a deep breath and a focus on the actions, activities and results that will provide us with real satisfaction.
One way to help make that happen is to set realistic goals that won’t discourage us in a week.
Health is a great place to start. Take small steps with incremental improvement. One pound per week versus “I’m going to lose 30 pounds this month” or “I am going to get out and exercise today” versus “I am going to run a marathon”. These small, daily commitments have the most impact.
Finances are area of great concern for most people. The same process will work here. Don’t bring your credit cards with you every time you go out. Use cash to pay and see what something is actually costing you as those green papers leave your hands! Purchase what you NEED not what you WANT. It is the WANTS that are taking up space in our closets and garages. Rather, increase the contribution to your company’s 401k by 1% or more. Again, take small steps that we can all manage.
Friendships and relationships, same approach. Constant, small gestures rather than erratic large, meaningless ones… but a few well-timed large gestures among the small will generally be appreciated! Call that friend or relative you have not spoken with for a while. Make the first move. Keep the fires going. It generally takes a little stoking to keep a flame going rather than the larger effort to start a new fire.
Work on ourselves. Find more quiet time and read more news periodicals and books. Try an author you never heard of or read the classics. They are called the classics for a reason.
Stay in the present. Don’t jump ahead too fast or you will lose momentum.
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