It’s New Year’s Day and you have probably made your resolutions for 2015.
As most of us do, we make resolutions and then break them within a week or so every year. What if this year you change your plan and asked yourself how you are going to live in the present moments of this year? This day that you’re living right now is the only day you get. There are no promises or guarantees of tomorrow – this day, this minute is your life in the New Year.
How am I going to live in the present moment this year?
Ask yourself this question and then start from there. 2015 is the best time for you remind yourself to think differently, be specific on how you make a change and put down goals that you can manage day by day rather than think in terms of a yearlong plan of attack.
When you set up day-to-day goals for yourself, you make the pattern available to change habits and behavior. Think about it this way, if you want to eliminate a food, say carbs, go for a day without carbs. If you are trying to quit smoking, quit for a day. You will see the changes in increments each day that you keep up this goal and thus, change your habit. What you learn is that small steps make big changes and you will be more committed to your goals and see results.
When you are in the present state of mind, you are in control of all of the thoughts that run through your mind, you are more aware of your decisions. You don’t look at the past and be reminded of those experiences; rather, you are focused on each moment as they happen.
As your start on journey, here are a few tips to keep you in a “present” state of mind:
1. Success Lies In The Practice: Keep in mind habits are changed by practice of new behavior patterns. Remind yourself of the moment you are living in now. Keep the focus on that every five minutes and those minutes will change your life.
2. Will This Matter 5 Years From Now? This is a question I like to ask before I assess any problem or issues that arises. If it doesn’t matter 5 years now, it should not be an issue in this moment either. Most of the time, we create problems to be bigger than they are in reality.
3. Enjoy The Journey: Stop what you are doing and look out the window, do you see the beauty of the world? Appreciate the moments, the people and the objects that surround you. Everyone has something that can appreciate and have gratitude for in their life, take the moment to this and enjoy it. We only get one journey, don’t waste it by forgetting to take in the sights and sounds.
4. Adjust Your Attitude: Everything we do comes from our own attitude – if you are negative, you get negative and vice versa. Find your happy place and start working from a center of joy for all – rather than seek out the negative messages. You will notice your attitude will change when you do this repeatedly.
5. Be Specific: Make a plan to focus one goal, and focus on it. Work at it daily and you will see the change. If you can’t be specific, you will end with a result less than you desired.
6. Stop Procrastinating: Instead of talking yourself into “doing it tomorrow”, just do it! Don’t put off your list until you feel like it, you never will find that feeling.
7. Take Command and Control of YOU: Don’t let others dictate your thoughts or your life. Stop letting the negativity of others take you out of the game. Remember, not everyone is going to like you, and that’s okay. You have to like you at the end of day. Work to please yourself, and you will attact others who want to be on your team so to speak. We respect those who respect themselves and work from a place of self-confidence.
8. Remember That You Are Important: Always remember that you are a perfect human being made just as God intended. There are not imperfections in His design. You are never less than others; you are not here to live up to another person’s standard. You are here to be you and always feel good about who you are and don’t let anyone take that away.
I hope 2015 will be your best year yet! Happy New Year!