Happy New Year! No doubt your inbox is already overflowing with advice on how to make 2018 great. Full disclosure: this is NOT one of those emails.
I learned years ago that any resolution made through the effervescent lens of a bottle of bubbly is fairly unlikely to come to fruition…
Plus, when you consider that 92% of resolution-makers quit long before they reach their goals, it begs the question — should we make them at all?
In my opinion, we should not.
Rather than planning out the next 12 months, what if we just focused on the next 12 hours instead? After all, 365 pretty good days will turn into a damn good year before you know it.
That’s my plan for this year, and it’s different from what I’ve done in years past. Instead of spending time thinking about how I can improve myself and my life, I’m choosing to take it day-by-day and week-by-week, with the intention of being rather than becoming.
I have to admit, the idea of taking each day as it comes makes me feel a little untethered. The little Negative Nellie voice inside my head is already berating me for not doing more and being more. But I’m going to practice what I preach…and tell her to zip it!
Being rather becoming doesn’t mean you won’t make progress. In fact, I have a hunch that in doing rather than deliberating you will move ahead in leaps and bounds.
When we take life one day at a time, we will quickly realize that we’re actually good at it.
It’s easy to forget how simple it is to be healthy, how easy it is to “choose happy”, and how valuable we already are, sans resolutions to lose weight, be better people, make more money or improve our relationships.
Instead of worrying about the rest of the year, start living for today. Today you can make a change for better health. Today you can choose to laugh instead of cry. Today you can be great!
In the words of our old mate, Albert Einstein:
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Until next week,