Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Looking Backwards and Forwards

Look back at 2008. Take note of your accomplishments, and things you could have done better for your wellness. Use the following quote as a sort-of checklist:
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make some goals for 2008. Think big broad year-long goals, and then refine them into smaller pieces. Then make some short-term goals too---not everything takes a year to achieve (i.e. making flossing your teeth a habit should take about 21 days---but that's another topic). Post your goals somewhere you can see them everyday. Why not? It has been repeatedly proven that those people who have goals are more likely to achieve things. Maybe its just because they're defining what "achieving" means, but maybe not.

Take a minute to make a list of the things you are grateful for. Don't just write the things down, feel it.

Have a happy and healthy new year. Make it your mission to do so---a positive and happy one :)

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