Its time to say “Good-bye” to 2013 and “Hello” to 2014.
Was 2013 memorable? Did you accomplish everything you wanted? Did you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions?
Have you made any new Resolutions for 2014? What goals do you want to achieve?
2013 was an eye opening year for me. Many things in my life changed. I lost old friends, made new ones, and most importantly, I made a life changing career move.
By far the most important decision I made was to quit smoking. While I fell off the wagon here and there, it was the best thing I could have done for my health.
I have been reading a lot lately about making 2014 the best year of your life. I don’t think you need to pick a certain day to change your life. You can start whenever.
Granted, I made the decision to quit smoking a New Year’s Resolution, but it was the only one. I decided to pursue a career in writing in October of 2012. And I stuck with it.
With 2014 right around the corner, many people are in Resolution overdrive. Whether it be get into better shape, stop drinking/smoking, do more for the less fortunate, everyone is looking for that 1 thing to help them feel better about themselves.
Here are a few things I think are important, and you don’t need to make them a Resolution.
1) Say Hello
Whether your at the gym, grocery store, or coffee shop, we’ve all avoided talking to the next person in line. For some reason, we find it easier to ignore them and stay inside our heads. A simple smile and hello could make a bad day better for the other person into a better one.
2) Leave Routine Behind
Routines can be comforting. After all, you know how its going to end. There in lies the problem. Mundane can get boring. Spice it up. Take a different route to work. If you exercise after work, try getting it in before hand. Try a new cologne. Get a different haircut.
Shut off the phone. Log off of Facebook, Pinterst, and Instagram. Sit down with your friends and family without distractions. Let them know that you are completely there for them.
4) Be Nicer
Be more tolerant of people. We are the land of the free, we need to accept everyone in all their shapes, sizes, and colors. Stop posting comments that make you look ignorant. No one likes someone who is constantly putting down other people.
5) Do Something Wonderful
Pay it Forward and Random Acts of Kindness not only make you feel better, but will make your family and friends think better about you.
If you want a better year, you have to start with yourself. You don’t need a New Year’s Resolution, you just need the attitude to accomplish it. And the will to succeed. This final tip could be the most important of them all.
All lasting business is built on friendship.
Alfred A. Montapert