What are YOUR Midyear Resolutions?
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. – Carl Bard
I would like to suggest a new tradition: Midyear Resolutions. Everyone is all fired up in January to start the year with a clean slate. Yet somehow between January and June, these New Year resolutions fizzle out and are often forgotten.
Yet resolutions, or personal commitments, are vital when pursuing our Passion Challenge 2015. They keep us on track, fired up and ready to continue the journey. Indeed, living a joyful, fulfilling life is a marathon, not a sprint. And you want to be in it for the long haul. I know I do.
So how do you capture that New Year vitality? Make some Midyear Resolutions and stick to them.
Don’t set yourself up for failure by being over-ambitious. Keep your resolutions realistic, simple and doable. Use this midyear moment to re-energize your life and your journey.
Here are a few suggestions:
· Be present in the moment. When you are with a friend or loved one, be WITH him or her. Don’t be thinking about other things you need to do, or problems you need to solve.
· Identify one thing you have been procrastinating about and GET IT DONE. Whether it is scheduling a doctor’s appointment, organizing your closet, arranging lunch with a friend, flossing or painting your kitchen, take the steps TODAY to make it happen.
· Do one healthy thing for yourself. If you find yourself drinking too much wine at the end of the day, cut out a glass. If you need to start exercising again, join a gym, get to a gym or simply take a walk. But MOVE.
· Start a project that will bring joy to your life. If you have always wanted to take up ice-skating, baking or stamp collecting, figure out how to begin – and then, just do it.
· Reach out to a friend with whom you haven’t spoken in more than a year. Even a text or email is appreciated.
· Update your resume – even if you are happy in your job. You never know when you may need a new adventure.
· Stop worrying about your problems for a day, and volunteer for an organization that needs your help – whether it is working with small children, running a race to raise money for a medical condition, or visiting an assisted-living facility. Giving from your heart puts all of your issues into perspective.
· Take time to daydream. What would make your life sweeter? How do you get there?
· Stop being so cynical and start choosing joy.
· Really commit to your gratitude journal, writing down five things you are grateful for EVERY NIGHT.
· Take a break from electronics. Devote a meal, or a chunk of time, where you do not interact with something that needs a battery. The world can wait. Your peace of mind is more important.
· Tell the people in your life that you love them. We don’t say those three precious words enough.
· Remember that every day is a gift. Wake up every day with a smile, grateful that you are ALIVE on this beautiful earth.
· Worry less. Laugh more.
It is mid-July, midyear 2015. Time to re-energize and continue living a joyful life.
Dr. Lori Baker-Schena is the founder and chief executive officer of Baker Schena Communications, a firm dedicated to “Unleashing Your Potential Through the Power of Words.” We offer motivational speaking, leadership consulting and medical writing services. Find us at www.loribakerschena.com