It’s that time of year when we review the past and look forward to the future. I know it’s been said so much that we don’t really pay attention, but today truly is the first day of the rest of your life (and mine too!). Yesterday, last week, last year, whatever, is long gone and we cannot change it, so spending energy and attention on it makes little to no sense. We have today and today can be the start of something wonderful depending on how we decide to spend our time and energy.
We can take this time to make plans/goals for the year, which is not a bad thing to do, but I would like to suggest that we make commitments to ourselves. We can greatly affect our lives by the focus we give to where we are now and then committing to using where we are now to improve where we will be in 30, 60, 365 days. Anything we do, we will do one day at a time because that’s how it works. Also, anything we do to improve ourselves improves our lives and the lives of those around us.
Let me give you an illustration: Last December I committed to being a more positive person, not just with others, but with myself. One day at a time, I started paying more attention to what I was thinking, saying or listening to. I started my day by saying thank you for my health, the weather, whatever I thought of that was genuine. I ended each day by saying thank you for whatever good had happened that day. I committed to meditating every day and I didn’t quite get 365 days, but I was over 300 days and I didn’t really begin in earnest until early March! As we are starting the new year, I feel better and feel more hopeful than I have felt for many years. And I did it by committing to myself and doing things one day at a time.
Anyone can make this the best year yet by committing to yourself and following through one day at a time. Be kind to yourself and understand that there will be days when you don’t follow through, but simply pay attention and get back on your path the next day (or the next opportunity, whenever that is) and you will see an awesome year unfold before you!
Happy 2018! My wish for you is that this is the best year yet!