Happy New Decade!

Did you stay up late last night to celebrate New Year’s? I stayed up until 2230 hrs watching the globe drop in New York City on television, and that was late for me. It’s not just a new year, though. It’s a whole new decade. Think about that for a moment or two. Ten years. What’s happened in the last ten years of your life? What’s changed? What’s stayed the same? What have you accomplished? What’s your biggest achievement of the past ten years? What are you most proud of from the last ten years? Okay, now shift gears.

What are you going to do over the next ten years? What are you going to accomplish? Ten years from now, what are you going to be able to say you did that was an improvement or that changed your life or someone else’s? In ten years, how old will you be? If you live day-to-day, what are you going to accomplish today? What are you going to change today to make your life or someone else’s better? Think about that. You don’t have to wait ten years to assess these things. You don’t even have to Wait a whole year to make new commitments. You can make them (or in the case of bad habits and poor health choices, etc., break them) today!

You are a new creature every moment that passes by. You are not the same person now that you were when you began reading this post. We are constantly changing, and yes, people can and do change. Give people, including yourself, permission and the right to change. Give yourself and others the credit due for changes made. If you decide you want to make a change in June that you think is important, make it! Don’t wait until the next New Year so you can make it official. Always be assessing and willing to change.

Change is hard for some of us. I’m one that doesn’t deal well with change. One way to avoid being surprised or upset by life is to plan ahead and make your own changes regularly, so that you are in control of your life somewhat instead of life just happening to you as if you were a victim of it. Some of the things we want to do in life require a lot of hard work. Some require a lot of money. Some require an overhaul of our habits and routines. These are all big things, but if you think of the fact that we only have one life here on earth to experience all of the things we aspire to do, we had better take some initiative. These things don’t happen on their own! By taking the initiative to make changes in your life that will enrich your life and help you gain unforgettable and invaluable experiences, you can help yourself to be less of a victim of circumstance and more in control of where you’re going in life. Be true to yourself, because (again) you only have one life. Live it! Happy New Decade!

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