The holidays are a perfect time for both reflection and renewal. And it’s an excellent time to formulate the list of things you want to accomplish in the New Year. While enjoying quality time with family and friends, of course. So, let’s get started on our lists.
“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” – Elbert Hubbard
Here are my suggested Top 5 “Do” and Top 5 “Don’t” lists to help us formulate our New Year’s resolutions and goals for 2020.
Top 5 “Don’t” List…
- Sell yourself short anymore. Emphasize your strengths and put your energy and time into the things you are truly passionate about. Each morning finish this phrase “I’m the very best at …”
- Beat yourself up over past failures and disappointments. Life is too short. It’s time to turn the page and move to the brighter future that’s ahead.
- Wait until tomorrow to catch lightning in a bottle. Make “now” your favorite word. Do those things that must be done every day to help you reach your goals and achieve success.
- Miss a single opportunity to say the words “I love you” and “thank you”. Acknowledge all the special people in your life who make a difference every day.
- Sweat the small stuff (you knew this was going to be on the list, right?). In the grand scheme of things it really is all small stuff. So just enjoy the ride!
“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” – Maria Edgeworth
Top 5 “Do” List…
- Devote more time to the 5F’s – faith, family, finances, fitness and fun. Be thankful for your many blessings. Embrace the challenges each new day brings in these major areas of your life.
- Get out of your way and really start to enjoy life. Be passionate about where you are right now and celebrate your daily accomplishments, both large and small.
- Make a difference by putting your time, talents and resources to work to improve yourself and the world around you. Pursue new projects, opportunities and challenges with enthusiasm.
- Be a better spouse, parent, colleague, neighbor and friend. Connect, network and meet more people. Build new relationships and partnerships. Lend a helping hand to those in need of your expertise and support.
- Learn to live with the real you. Embrace your flaws and learn to laugh at yourself. Life’s not perfect and neither are you. So get on with it!
While we celebrate this holiday season, make sure to set aside time to work on you. By doing so, you’ll start the New Year out refreshed and with a renewed sense of purpose.
Have a wonderful Christmas holiday season, and a Happy New Year ahead.
Enjoy the journey!
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