Showing up and being our best is important to each of us. When we reflect on our day, week, month or even the year and we feel disappointed because we feel we didn’t achieve all we wanted to – we tend to beat ourself up. “If being hard on yourself worked. It would have worked by now.” is a great quote from project happiness and one to reflect on when we find ourself in this situation. Instead of being down about it, we can look at what we learnt and what we can do to make things different.
“Think positively and exercise daily, eat healthy, work hard, stay strong, build faith, worry less, read more, be happy, relax, love, live!”
If we choose to continue with the negative thinking, playing below the line and sometimes getting to the ‘poor me’ stage this only serves to take us lower. It takes us two steps backwards and accomplishes nothing. Making a decision about what it is we really want is key in this moment. So, what can we do to move forward and be our best for 2016. Get our Body Moving in a way to create good health and wellbeing. If we do not use it we will loose it, so what will it be? What options do we have around? Where can we find out the information? Can we do some form of exercise with a friend? What could be an option to do it alone? As mentioned before, understanding the benefits are key to changing anything we do.
Benefits to Activity
- Creates a clear head, yes it blows away the cobwebs and creates better thinking processes,
- Gets the oxygen flowing around the body, pumps blood – we move as we were designed to do – we become healthier,
- Imperative for good balanced health and wellbeing,
- Is a way to loose weight, tone up, stretch and prevent old age aliments,
- With the cobwebs cleared it enables us to be ‘happier’ (this is automatic) and of course makes us feel better about ourself.
How: Decide what is best for us to do in the way of getting the body moving. Once this decision is made – find support in making it happen. Call the council, visit the council website they have amazing activities for low or no cost. Do something online, follow yoga, pilates, stretch classes, walk or jog with a group and more. We can find anything if we put our minds to it. It’s easy as long as we see it this way. Do exercise with friends, bring the children or strollers, move it or loose it!
Activating our Mind by Reading; with useful, helpful, educational and informative information supporting us in leading an enriched life. It enables us to share differently with our children, have different discussions with friends and family. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn. The more places you will go!” Dr Seuss, quotes it perfectly. Expanding our mind with reading enables us to go to many new and different places. Getting off the internet where we can often read misguided information. Read substantial informative in an old fashioned way – the book. Visit the local library which abound with awesome books costing us nothing. Hiring on line is possible as well. Reading expands our vocabulary, opens our mind and inspires different thinking and creativity. These are just a few of the benefits to reading books in 2016.
How: Make a decision to make the time. Visit a library, a bookshop or online book store. Decide if it’s going to be a novel to get lost in, something new age or educational. Will it be personal development, expanding our knowledge in an area we love, or simply want to learn something new. Everything is out there to read and learn about.
Making this next year a Year of Saving Money. If we saved a little bit every week, what difference would it make to us? What would it enable us to do? Would it give us a sense of freedom we haven’t had before? Would it support us for the following year, and the next one after? Could we give to ourself, our family or could it be a holiday, a house, a car or the future? There are many benefits of having a savings plan, big or small. A sense of peace, knowing there is something there to support when and if needed. A sense of relief knowing a family holiday is possible or simply being able to do more than before.
How: Put 10% of our earnings into a savings account. Make a budget. Make a personal plan or a plan with our partner. Involve the children and make it a ‘family affair’ what will we save for? Where will we go for Christmas this year, or any of the school holidays. Have something to look forward to – it becomes fun and assists when out at the shops and the children say, “mum can we have this or that”, it’s a great way to divert and say “we are saving for the cruise, camping trip, holiday or whatever it is”. This is also awesome role-modelling for our children. This supports a top tip from our last edition regarding ‘clutter’ with bringing less into our homes.
Suggested reading: Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki. The Richest Man in Babylon – George C. Clason.
“Develop an appreciation for the present moment. See every second of your life and savour it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating way means your’ve lost them forever.”
– Dr Wayne W. Dyer
Project Happiness www.projecthappiness.org
Dr Wayne Dyer www.drwaynedyer.com
Recommended resource www.drwaynedyer.com/tribute