How will you remember today? Did you spend your precious time wisely, or did you squander it with procrastination and doubt? I love each 'new day' as much as I love January 1 the start of the 'New Year'. Each new day, like each New Year, provides opportunities - and in turn choices to be made about how to advance dreams toward eventual success.
There is a fine line that separates failure from success, winners from losers. Which side of the line will you inhabit today, tomorrow, the next day? Will you seize upon opportunities, as you 'Seize the Day?' Carpe Diem! Or will you let these chances to accomplish hearts desires slip through stretched fingers like sand falling in an hour glass - each grain marking an achievement, or a lost opportunity? These are among the questions that I try keep in mind when the sun peeks over the horizon and I start the day. Each day, if viewed as a wonderful gift, can move us steps closer to greater health, joy and happiness. The catch is that we have to be willing to plan creatively, work hard and take small daily steps toward realistic goals - over the long haul.
With this theme in mind, July 4 is a wonderful time of the year - like New Year's Day - to take stock of where we are in life; assess how we are doing with our dreams and goals. Maybe it is time to consider dusting off a New Year Resolution that you would love to achieve, or think about making course corrections in your game plan if you are stuck. I'm doing just that this weekend.
I am performing my own 'Mid-Year Check In' and moving forward with purpose as I 'Embrace Each New Sunrise With Hope And Optimism'. It is all a part of my Third Annual I Resolve To . . . Challenge: 365 Resolutions For Health & Happiness. Why not join me? The objective is very simple: Do at least one thing each and every day to promote health and happiness for 'YOU'. Banish the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'. Instead, make every day New Year's Day. Make every day count with 'Daily Resolves'. The list of possibilities is infinite and can be tailored to your own dreams, resolutions and daily goals. If you need some help - a little nudge, a bit of inspiration, tips, advice, and news about the best ways to make resolutions a reality - please use IResolveTo.Com as one of your resources. To see my personal 'Health & Happiness Tapestry', click through my 2009-2011 Photo-Resolutions, each one documents my journey toward greater health and happiness! Resolve365 in 2011.
To better organize myself, each weekend I am posting a Daily Resolve 'To Do List' - at least seven resolutions from my 'Health & Happiness Tapestry' that I plan to achieve, and I will undoubtedly throw in some new ones along the way. My Daily Resolve 'To Do List' is one more way to focus and track the small daily steps that I take toward health and happiness. For decades, I have tracked my dreams, resolutions and daily resolves in my journal and on my calendars with colorful stars. Here are the 'Daily Resolve' highlights for the week:
I RESOLVE TO . . .
- Remember to slather on sunscreen (check).
- Float in the pool and watch white clouds roll by in blue sky (check).
- Visit my top favorite book store and peruse all the new titles (check).
- Snack on fresh fruit - grapes, nectarines, apples, and bananas (check).
- Let my creativity flow in writing and photography - write, write, write (check).
- Listen to the birds sing joyous songs and stop to smell the July flowers during long walks through favorite neighborhoods (check).
- Proudly be original and unique in my creativity and be flattered rather than offended when others take my concepts and ideas and claim them as their own (success will eventually ring hollow and cannot be sustained without originality and creativity) (check)!!
The whole purpose of Daily Resolves is to mindfully inject a small bits of joy and healthy habits into each and every day. The small daily steps do add up to big results over time because they are concrete and manageable (which helps to eliminate the fear factor and sense of being overwhelmed). That said, what is really important is 'right now' - enjoying each and every moment of the journey toward health, happiness and making dreams a reality!
Remember: I Resolve To . . . Achieve My New Year Resolutions, One Resolution, One Day At A Time For One Year. It's your choice. Do it today. Turn your resolution into reality in five simple, common sense steps: Dare To Dream, Decide, Define, Develop A Plan, and Do It Daily. Make your resolution a permanent Lifetime Resolution, something that's with you for good! Above all, Be A Resolutionista, someone who makes resolutions, keeps resolutions, and enjoys the journey! Let's Go For It!
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Kim M. Simpson - July 3, 2011
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