Welcome to 2015! Resolve to: let your light shine a little bit brighter than it did in 2014… and have a stronger presence in your community. To do this, here is what I am suggesting.
- Exercise. You don’t need 1 or 2 hours, you only need 20 or 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, to see results. Shoot for cardio, balance, stretching, and resistance training. For cardio, mix it up – walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, biking.
- Eat and drink consciously. Be more aware of what and how much you eat and drink. Your food/drink choices can affect my body, mind, emotions, and overall well being – now as well as in the future. Making better food/drink choices isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. Drinking consciously means adding more plain water to your daily diet.
- Volunteer. To add some real excitement to your life, volunteer. The benefits are too numerous to list here. Just know, however, that your community AND you reap tremendous benefits when you give the gift of your time and expertise.
- Listen more. Listen without interrupting, without giving advice, and without telling your own story. You can tell your story, later. Sometimes, people just want to be heard.
- Connect. Have one person you connect with every single day. This is especially important as you get older. It lets at least one person know that you are alive and well. And, it lets the other person know that they matter. Further, it demonstrates your commitment to being heard and seen.
- Be positive. Every day, resolve to do these three things to maintain a positive attitude: smile, focus on what you have not what you don’t have, and expect only great things to happen to you.
- Be authentic. Everything is easier when you are relevant, helpful, authentic, and “do you”. To “do you” is another way of saying, be yourself.
- Be thankful. Make thankfulness a daily habit. Each day is a gift. So, be gracious and grateful.
What are some of your plans for being heard and seen in 2015? Let me hear from you.