New Year’s Revolutions… Yes, I’m a little, a LOT, late on this post.
And yes, you read right. New Year’s Revolutions.
What started out as wrong word usage, actually became an idea for this post.
Instead of Resolving to do things, this year we should REVOLUTIONIZE the way we think!
▶verb change something greatly or completely.
transform, shake up, turn upside down, restructure, reorganize, transmute, metamorphose; humorous transmogrify.
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Let’s Revolt and do things that actually change our lives!
1: Baby steps.
Start small. Set little goals for yourself. Instead of saying that you will lose 30 pounds, say I want to lose 1 pound a week. Or even better, don’t focus on the weight, and instead focus on how to get there. Set a goal of 10 mins of exercise a day for a week. Then bump it up a bit. Shoot for 30 mins a day by the end of the month.
Setting small weekly goals will give you lots of little victories to help you feel better about yourself, and keep you motivated to stay on track.
Or, as in my case, let’s say you want to write a book. You can’t just start writing a whole book, (unless you are a masterful genius, i.e. Stephen King), but you can just start writing, a little bit at a time. Writing every day will help you get the creative juices flowing.
See this article about Jerry Seinfeld on writing.
2: Mums the word.
Stop telling people that you are going to do something. As cliche as the phrase has gotten, Just do It!
Let the results speak for themselves.
Too often we think that by telling others what we are going to do that we will feel more accountable. Instead, when we are constantly judged by others for eating the wrong things, skipping a workout, having a drink, cursing or whatever vice you may be trying to overcome, we are easily disappointed and get down on ourselves. You need to care about yourself and be accountable to YOU before you ever try to please others.
3: No more “I’m Sorry”.
Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Nobody cares! Unfortunately, EVERYBODY has stuff going on, some are just more vocal than others (or more about posting it on social media than others). We’ve all got stuff going on, but when you allow the negative things in your life to become your focus you lose sight of all the good things that already surround you.
4: Thank you.
This is a continuation of the previous section. Stop saying I’m sorry, and start saying Thank you. We all have so much to be thankful for, if we try. It is easy to mope about the countless issues one may be facing, but what about all the things that are ALREADY going right in your life. This is not to say “pat yourself on the back, you are awesome”; on the contrary, you should be grateful for all the things that are going right in your life that are out of your control.
5: Don’t spend a dime.
Improving YOU doesn’t HAVE to cost a dime.
You can’t BUY happiness, weightloss, success, a family, health; although you can buy happy pills, diet pills, lotto tickets, and mail order brides…
These are are just short term solutions to a bigger problem, and most of the time they turn what feels like an unmanageable situation into a black hole of issues.
Taking a walk…FREE
Keeping a journal…FREE
Getting up early to eat a good breakfast, and get to work on time or even early…FREE
Spending time with your loved ones…FREE
All these things do have 1 thing in common and that is that they take TIME! Time is one of the most expensive things in our lives, even though it is also technically, FREE! You have enough time, if you get your priorities straight and make good use of it.
And last but not least…
Don’t ever say that you are finished. You are not done living until you are 6 feet under. You are a project that will never get done until you reach those pearly gates, or turn into worms or mulch or whatever. So in the meantime, continue to strive for greatness and self improvement. As you hit your goals, make new ones. Always look up and move forward. You can be grateful for everything you have and feel accomplished, but do not be complacent. Never tell yourself that you have made it.
There are no limits.
Start a revolution in your life TODAY!!!
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