Your Positive TO-DO List for 2015

take_6It’s almost January 1st – the beginning of another year. If this year has been like the past years, where you’ve made promises to yourself about what you are going to do for yourself, but have yet to begin – then join the crowd. It is so easy for us to get wrapped up into everyone else’s needs and wants. We have our families, work, friends, church, etc. All these various obligations we feel we must fulfill, as we put ourselves on the back burner. Well; here is another opportunity for a fresh start. A fresh start to starting over and making those necessary changes for yourself that you may have been putting off in past years. Besides, you can’t take care of others if you are torn down and not in the proper head space yourself.

Although, you shouldn’t have to wait a whole year to take some time to do things for yourself…it’s the way it is for many of us. I feel so blessed when I am allowed to see another year. I feel like I am given yet, another chance to get it right and to do right with the chance I have been given. So here’s a short, positive TO-DO list for 2015 – 5 things to start doing for yourself:

1. Start being yourself, genuinely and proudly. – Trying to be anyone else is a waste of the person you are. Be yourself. Embrace that individual inside you that has ideas, strengths and beauty like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – on your terms. Above all, be true to YOU, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.

2. Start making your own happiness a priority. – Your needs matter. If you don’t value yourself, look out for yourself, and stick up for yourself, you’re sabotaging yourself. Remember, it IS possible to take care of your own needs while simultaneously caring for those around you. And once your needs are met, you will likely be far more capable of helping those who need you most.

3. Start noticing how wealthy you are right now. – Even when times are tough, it’s always important to keep things in perspective. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night. You didn’t go to sleep outside. You had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning. You hardly broke a sweat today. You didn’t spend a minute in fear. You have access to clean drinking water. You have access to medical care. You have access to the Internet. You can read. Some might say you are incredibly wealthy, so remember to be grateful for all the things you do have.

4. Start entering new relationships for the right reasons. – Enter new relationships with dependable, honest people who reflect the person you are and the person you want to be. Choose friends you are proud to know, people you admire, who show you love and respect – people who reciprocate your kindness and commitment. And pay attention to what people do, because a person’s actions are much more important than their words or how others represent them.

5. Start forgiving yourself and others. – We’ve all been hurt by our own decisions and by others. And while the pain of these experiences is normal, sometimes it lingers for too long. We relive the pain over and over and have a hard time letting go. Forgiveness is the remedy. It doesn’t mean you’re erasing the past, or forgetting what happened. It means you’re letting go of the resentment and pain, and instead choosing to learn from the incident and move on with your life.


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