So, it’s February 1, 2011 and the Nashville Music Buzz hasn’t chimed in for the new year yet. Better late than never HAPPY NEW YEAR! What, you don’t think it has the same appeal a month late? Well, you might be right, but well wishes are never out of style.
A month into 2011, why not take a second to realign yourself with your life’s mission statement. Here are some inspirational thoughts for you to wrap your head around and settle in to for this season of your life:
“It was a high council that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.”
St. Clement of Alexandra
“Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.”
1. Be quiet – in the madness of technology flying at you from all directions, news of how everyone else is succeeding when you feel like you keep running into the same wall over and over again, be still and remember what you are made.
2. Laugh – Joy is underrated. Sheer laughable joy should be at the center of what you do. Make time for laughter and the lighter things in life.
3. Prioritize – Most things are ok, but not everything is necessary. Cut the fat out of your life. If you feel like this year is already taking over and you have submitted to the demands of your life, take the wheel back. Ask yourself, “Do I need to do this? Do I need to say yes? Do I have to be out 6 out of 7 nights a week?.” Remember you can’t take “it”‘ with you when you go, but you can leave a legacy. What legacy are you building?
4. Give thanks – Take time to count your blessings. Just when you feel like this year is stacking up to be just like last year or maybe even beginning to look worse, list the things you have. Compile a mental list (written if you are eager) of all the things that put a smile on your face, all the little pleasures you pass right by.
5. Give yourself a break – Determine whose standards you are trying to live up to. If someone else is pushing you to be more than you need to be, stop listening. That’s easier said than done – especially when that voice is in your head. Turn that internal monologue off when it says you will never be what you want. Enjoy every little victory and step in the right direction. True and valuable growth takes time. You don’t want overnight success, so stop being hard on yourself.