“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
With the beginning of a new year, comes the obligatory resolutions. I am wondering if they are necessary or something we do because it is that time of year. I really do not like the word “resolutions” and feel like I’m setting myself up to fail. Instead of improving our life, we are chose a huge or generic goal, subconsciously knowing we will not meet it. Lose 10 pounds, exercise more, get more organized, so trying the latest technique or trend will now make you weigh less, become more healthy with a more organized life and home. Wow, that’s a big job for one little goal.
Goals are personal. Instead of choosing a long list of things, work on goals that would really improve your mental and physical health and make you a more happy and content person. I thought about resolutions and setting goals for myself a lot this year. I looked at things that improved my life and things that seemed to cause me harm. I decided I wanted to live a more positive life and lessen negativity in my life. It’s easier said then done. 2016 has not been the most positive year. Whether it was from work, social media, TV, health, or everyday mishaps, it seemed negativity was everywhere. I decided to set goals to help me be more positive and happier. That seems like a big goal but it is easy.
It takes work and practice everyday. I may have set backs but I do not view them as failures but an opportunity to realize that things may happen and I can not control everything in my life. It is more important to me how I react to them. For example, something as simple as spilling your coffee on your shirt may send your day on a path of negativity. Suddenly, you have to change your clothes and are now late for work. You may feel frustrated, angry and anxious and when suddenly someone is driving slow on your way to work, road rage erupts. Once at work, you carry that anger and negativity with you throughout your workday, directing toward your co-workers and strangers. By the end of the day, you feel you just had the worst day and can not wait for it to end. I’m not saying that you can never be angry or stressed or frustrated but it is how you handle it.
My positivity and happiness are most important in my life. I work on it everyday. As for my resolutions or as I think of them, “life goals”: I have decided to improve my relationships with family and friends with setting boundaries and learning to say “no”; spending time with activities I enjoy such as reading and crafting; and decreasing my social media presence such as Facebook and Twitter. I am planning over the next year to post my progress and techniques on how you may also become a more positive and happier person in 2017.
What are your resolutions or life goals for 2017?