Most New Year's Resolutions are broken within the first week of January, so I'm not a big fan of making them. Instead of resolutions, focus on the attitudes, actions, and affirmations that will carry you through the whole year -- keeping you moving forward -- creating the future you desire. The power of positive thinking is important -- but so is the power of positive doing. Action alleviates anxiety.
To get the New Year -- and the new decade -- off to a good start, here are 26 simple, effective things you can do to ensure that the coming year is a good one for you and your loved ones.
AS YOU BRING IN THE NEW YEAR ...
AFFIRM that your life has purpose and meaning.
BELIEVE in your skills, abilities, and talent.
COUNT your money and make your money count.
DISREGARD the doubters and critics around you.
EMBRACE CHANGE ... even if you don't want to.
FORGIVE others who've hurt you, because forgiving them frees you.
GIVE yourself credit for weathering tough times.
HONOR your spiritual beliefs.
INSPIRE others with your integrity, ethics and values.
JUGGLE your projects and priorities as circumstances change.
KEEP your sense of humor ... even if others have lost theirs.
LISTEN with your heart as well as your ears.
MANAGE your time and energy effectively.
NEVER GIVE UP on yourself.
OPENLY WELCOME support and help from others.
PUSH boundaries and test your limits.
QUESTION old habits, assumptions, and patterns of thinking.
REBOUND quickly from disappointments and setbacks.
SAY "YES" to unexpected opportunities ... even if you're scared.
TAKE TIME to nourish your body, mind and spirit.
UNDERSTAND that there's no place called "Safe" on the map.
VEER away from negative or toxic influences.
WORK hard and work smart.
XPRESS GRATITUDE for your many blessings.
YAWN in the face of fear.
ZERO IN on what's truly important ... don't sweat the small stuff.
And remember ... IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN.
MAKE 2010 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER!
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