We are three weeks into the new year, but it's never too late to implement new strategies to make sure you're the most confident version of yourself. This year is the Chinese year of the rooster, and there are specific qualities and characteristics associated with this year. Those qualities include being honest, observant, hardworking, punctual, and ambitious. I'm going to share a few ways I plan on embodying the rooster because it's good for accountability and inspiration!
Think it through.
You know how sometimes people will ask you a question and you tell a little white lie without really thinking about it? Somebody tells you they like your shirt and ask where you got it and how much it cost. I usually respond by saying, "I got it at Old Navy - it was on sale!" Adding the "on sale!" bit makes me feel less likely to be judged for splurging on something, but it's a pretty pointless thing to do. Or if somebody asks you to go somewhere you really don't want to go, so you make up a reason.
All these little white lies are pretty pointless. This year, I plan to work on being more honest in everything I say and really thinking about the things I say before I say them.
Seeing, not just watching.
When I'm in my car I have to pay really close attention to a certain area of my windshield, because the way the car was made there's a huge blind spot that makes it hard to see when cars are turning left from oncoming traffic. I have to remember to see everything about me and not just watch. I need to be more observant. I have so many of these blind spots in my life, as well! What I am going to work on this year is appreciating the little things in my life, and remembering them. I'm going to write them down and keep them all together, so when I'm feeling sad or overwhelmed or when it's one of those weeks, I can go through the little joys that make up so much of the big joy in my life.
Make hard work seem like you're hardly working.
My job is often overwhelming. I work at a doctor's office and it should come as no surprise that people really want to be taken care of when they're sick. I know when I go to the doctor I expect a level of professionalism, and it's a bonus when the people who are taking care of you really make it obvious that they care about you and that you're not being an inconvenience for breaking your leg. This year my goal is to smile more often than frown, and figure out more ways to multitask.
Want it, and make it happen.
Like everybody else, I want to lose weight this year. I've talked about that in this post already, but it's never a bad time to update on your progress and share what's been working for you. I've found that losing weight really comes down to how I manage my time. I need to use my evenings for a jog on the treadmill, some lunch prep for the next day, and time to slather on my nighttime lotions and potions before snuggling on the couch with Keith and binge watching more Dexter. I also need to limit myself to one or two episodes so I can go to sleep at a reasonable time. If I stay up too late, I'll be grouchy at work, and my above goal of being a pleasant face to see at work will never happen! Doing this will make me feel better about myself which will make it so much easier to be joyful the next day, as well. (See, it all comes together!)
However, it's important to make sure these goals are attainable. So, I can't beat myself up for every time I mess up. If I have a late night at work and don't get a jog in, that's ok! If I decide the jog is important but then can't make our lunches, that's okay! Keith can take some soup or make a sandwich and I can come home to make a salad, which is I often end up doing. You can't do it all, but you can and should do some.
Be on time for your self.
None of the above goals will happen if I'm not strict about when I go to bed and how I go to bed. This isn't a selfish goal, even though it might seem like it! Going to bed early ensures that I get a restful night of sleep and that I'm not a grouch. Going to sleep on a comfortable mattress gives me a better night of sleep so I truly do feel refreshed in the morning. It makes it easier to stop hitting my snooze button (sometimes even getting up BEFORE my alarm!) a million times and therefore makes my mornings less hectic. I can have fun putting my makeup on and then I feel good going into work and getting things done.
2017 is going to be our year. Who is us? ALL OF US! This year is going to be wonderful in so many different ways. Who knew a rooster could help you accomplish all these goals? Who knew a rooster was the key to success in 2017?
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