It is the 5th day of December. I have been 40 for 5 days. I almost feel like going from 39 to 40 is like going from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day. Overnight things are meant to be fresh and new, as we implement goals, ideas and resolutions with enthusiasm and passion! However, reality tends to be overwhelming and a few days in, you fear you set yourself up for failure and have accomplished very little.
While chatting to friends this week, it seems many of us felt we were living our best life and worst life at the same time this year. I like to think that no experience is ever wasted if we learn from it and use it for good. Then it becomes tuition. First it hurts, then it changes you, but you can come back stronger, and fall back in love with yourself, the world and life again.
We cannot expect different results if we keep doing the same thing. We are what we repeatedly do. The good news is you don’t have to wait for New Years to have a new resolution or attitude. Every day is a new beginning! There is nothing wrong with having a long-term goal or dream that scares you. I am all for that. After missing Comrades this year, I have entered to try run again in 2020. It freaks me out, but I am all in.
However, I want to encourage you to make small, every day resolutions too. Make it something simple.
“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” – Mike Murdock
Don’t feel pressure from others because they are all aiming to conquer mountains (literally and figuratively) and you want to find time to read a book 30 minutes a week. Choose whatever is meaningful and unique to you. Perhaps you can aim to try a new recipe every Sunday or be kind to the person you share an office with. Your challenge may be to hum, not hoot, while being stuck in traffic or … (insert something you do daily and want to change).
I hope this random waffle on my heart this morning, makes a little sense and inspires you to start somewhere. Do something.
Thank 2019 for the lessons and let go of whatever is holding you back.
Make 2020 better, starting now!