Habits of mind determine true achievement. Do you look at it as the "New Year?" Or is it just a new year? One version is capitalized, indicating importance. The other is just another day in an uninspired list of days.
There is some type of author in all of us. I wonder if we took this opportunity to write our own metaphorical book over these next 365 days, would our outlook and our results change dramatically? As that old quote teaches us, "If there is nothing to lose by trying, by all means try."
So I'm proposing an idea, or perhaps a challenge. What if we used the days of 2017 as a test case? What if we made a conscious effort to change some simple life habits? What if we gave some thought to setting smart goals and making some real changes for the better?
What if true achievement could be realized by writing our own story of success in 2017? In this page I'll offer a few ideas to help provide some inspiration and some acti0n steps.
In nearly everything we do, consistency is most important. How often do we start off with a flurry of activity, but slowly "forget" to do something everyday to get a little closer to goal achievement? I know that I've certainly been guilty in this department. The reason this happens to us is that the only person holding us accountable to ourselves, is in fact, ourselves. We have no problem fooling our minds into rationalizing that we'll "get back to it later." How often does "later" never arrive?
So I'm proposing a simple life habit change to keep us on track to true achievement in 2017. In the book we're now committed to not only beginning, but also finishing, take some time to do a little homework. Melancholy personalities will have no problem with this first step. The other three personality types might need some more assurance of value.
As we progress through this page, I'll be suggesting some things to include in your book. But in keeping with Jack Canfield's advice in that first quote, please take a little time to make your own personal activity calendar.
You can use an actual calendar, or make one on your own. The idea is to create a monthly schedule of your time spent to "take five whacks at the tree everyday." In some cases, you might only need a few days each week to move toward true achievement in a certain area.
Make yourself accountable to your personal book of victory in 2017. In the next section I'll suggest a few areas that could be selected as things to include in that calendar.
It all begins with seeing the good around us. That doesn't mean seeing life through rose-colored glasses. Obviously there are things we need to change. And certainly there are bad things happening in the world. It is our job to do something about those things.
And that begins with lifting ourselves up. As we hear on every airline, in every country around the world-"In the unlikely event of loss of cabin pressure, secure your own oxygen first, before attempting to help someone else."
This could be misconstrued as ignoring the plight of others, but in fact is exactly the opposite. We must be strong and capable ourselves to provide the most aid and comfort to those unable to help themselves.
Some of the chapters in this 2017 book of true achievement could center around the following bullet points:
* Making better diet choices everyday. Did you trade out processed junk for real food?
* Exercising three days per week. Depending on weather in your area, walking for 60 minutes could be an everyday activity.
* Reading for twenty minutes everyday from an empowering book. Would you expect anything less from a website of this nature?
* Learning something new and challenging, regardless of age.
True achievement is supercharged by a sharp mind and improved health. The first three bullet points are probably obvious to most people. But the power in learning something new and challenging isn't quite as well-known. Our minds are amazing creations. When we push them to new limits, they open up more and more opportunities. Unlimited opportunities.
Maybe you will actually write a real book. Maybe you'll learn how to play a musical instrument. Maybe you'll volunteer at the local Humane Society or an area hospital.
Hopefully you'll assume a leadership role in events that not only affect us, but will most certainly impact the generation that will follow. We cannot just close our eyes to those bad things happening in our world. We cannot click our heels together and hope to return to Kansas. If you were really paying attention to the plot in "The Wizard of Oz," the message was about personal belief and courage.
As we've written in our pages within the "Teach Your Children Well" section, our role is to provide the shining example to the next generation. They will witness true achievement in our own efforts and will follow that example. The story you write could be the launching pad to a new generation of leaders.
You have that opportunity in this "New Year."