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Live each day as if it were your last. Someday, you'll be right.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Venomous critters are adept at hiding from view. You may not be aware of their existence until they strike. This makes me think of betrayal. The heart of a betrayer remains hidden until the time they choose to sink their venomous teeth into your soul/life/support system. They blend in with their surroundings. In other words, they appear as a friend - laughing with you, pretending concern over your life, inserting themselves into your surroundings...

Even though these creatures exist, we must still go about our daily lives and reach out to others; trusting. Even though there may be venomous critters on my bike trail, I will continue to ride and deal with them when they rear their heads. The alternative sucks.

Resolutions - Don't Wait for a New Year

A resolve or determination to do something. Firmness of purpose. Why do we need to wait a whole year to make new ones? How about making LIFE resolutions? A mission/purpose/vision/resolve for the rest of your life? 

Top ten lists of new year's resolutions abound. There are many common themes. People want to do better - to BE better. These same people will be making similar resolutions in coming years. 

Why? Because they do not have a plan to maintain the new behaviors. Their "resolutions" are not "firm determination" to accomplish something, but simply "wishful thinking." 

If you want to lose weight, spend more time with family, learn something new or get out of debt,  you need to have a plan of attack. You need to establish new behaviors in your life that don't currently exist. 

How do you make a plan so that your resolutions will stick? Answer some questions, make some lists.

What resources do you need to accomplish your resolution? Do you already have any of them? If not, where will you find these additional resources? What exactly will you do to acquire what you need to succeed? Ask yourself, "Is this something I can continue doing?" 

For instance, if you want to lose weight, you must begin behaving like the thinner person you want to be and continue that behavior for the rest of your life. If you want to get out of debt, you must plan a REASONABLE budget that you can actually follow, while still enjoying life. Think long term and don't wait for the new year. 

Resolve daily to live your new and improved life.