In my post yesterday, I shared a glimpse into my thought process for 2014. Now, I want to go just a bit deeper. In the last 10 months, my life has shifted, and late into the year I have begun to understand what the shift actually meant.
My journey is going further than I ever thought it would. I am making commitments to myself. (The word commitment means much more than “resolution” or “goal”).
Be Impeccable to My Word. If you have read, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) you know what this comes from. If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest you read it. I have been fairly good to my word, but last year I know there were times I could have been better. This year, I want to commit to the words I speak and stand by them with no regrets.
Happiness is my first priority. Yes, I was pretty darn happy in 2013, but I put my happiness on hold several times. I used to think that if I made others smile, I would become happier… WRONG! My happiness is in my hands, so I have to put me first in order to be happy.
Speak the truth. We are all guilty of not speaking the truth at some point in our life, be it little lies, spreading rumors, gossip or what have you. In the last couple of years, I was slightly addicted to gossip sites and repeating what I read to others. Basically, I made it a “truth” when it really wasn’t. This goes back to Be Impeccable With My Word. Only speak the truth. If you can’t state it as a truth without hesitation, you don’t need to speak it.
Stop feeling guilty. Be it for doing things for myself, my success I have obtained or simply taking a break. Honestly, no one needs to guilt-trip me, I do it to myself all the time. It took me virtually a year to buy an iPad mini because I kept feeling like I could do something more productive with the money. Ha, I am actually writing this post from it right now.
No, is a full sentence. I actually don’t hear “no” that often. However, when I tell people no, I feel guilty. I’m going to say no with no explanation after, and I wont feel guilty for my reasons behind it.
Learn, commit & do. I shall commit 2 hours a week to both guitar lessons and French lessons. I will stick with kickboxing, Pilates and yoga. In college, I wanted to be a yoga instructor for a while. I will do anything my heart desires, and fully believe it is possible.
Know, hearing “No” doesn’t stop your greatness. So many times we are scared about reaching out or taking risks because the slight thought of hearing no or risking failure will “ruin” us. Just reach out. Just do it. The worst thing that can happen is you hear, “no” or that you will fail. Failure heeds lessons learned and “no’s” give you the option to try it again. The world doesn’t stop because of these two things. You wont know what your life could be until you try.
Today you can make resolutions, goals, or commitments. Call it whatever you want. Just do it! Don’t put it off. Make it a lifestyle. Everything is possible. If you need help with where to write them down, we have you covered!
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