If you randomly ask 100 people if they would like 2018 to be “better” most everyone would say yes. When you ask them what they are going to do to ensure that it is indeed better you’ll likely get just as vague an answer as the question you asked.
The problem with the question of course is that “better” can be defined in literally millions of ways. Better to one person might be less rain in 2018 but if your a farmer in a drought stricken area less rain would be the exact opposite of “better.”
The more specific you are in stating exactly what “better” looks and feels like the greater your chances of actually having a better 2018.
Setting goals for yourself in 2018 can most certainly help, making resolutions almost certainly won’t. But whether you have goal or resolutions heading into the new year your best chance of having a better 2018 is simply to make better choices and decisions.
You likely have far more choices than you realize and you have a ton more control over the circumstances of your life than you think. If fact, if you’re like most people you don’t actually consider just how much of your life you can change just by changing the choices you make.
You choose your friends… do you ever consider that? Do you complain about one friend to another? I suppose everyone does that once in a while but if you are consistently complaining about one or two people in your life then you should be asking yourself why you are allowing them to be part of your life.
The most successful people do not complain about things they have control over, they just choose to change them. You get to choose your friends and you get to choose most of the people who are a part of your life.
You are basically the compilation of the five or ten people you spend the most time with. That means one of the fastest ways to change your life is to change the people you hang out with.
That’s not always easy, in fact it’s frequently hard, but it is worth considering and then doing if you want to be in control of your life.
Another choice most people seldom consider is their thoughts. You DO choose what to think in any given circumstance. You can look for the good or the bad in most any situation and more often than not, you’ll find what you’re looking for.
Your thoughts play a major role in controlling your life because your thoughts almost always are reflected in your actions (even if you believe you can hide your thoughts from other people) and it’s your actions that people pay attention to. Always remember, people believe some of what you say but they believe everything that they see you do.
I’d encourage you to pick one day, one single day is all you’ll likely need, pick a day and consider for just a second or two why you thought what you just thought. Where did that thought come from? Before you do something pause for just two or three seconds and ask yourself why you’re doing it.
It will likely take far less than a day for you to realize how many choices you actually make without considering how much those choices will impact your life.
Sooner or later we all sit down at the table of consequences. Whether what you eat at that table is sweet or bitter is the result of hundreds of choices you make each day, many without even realizing it was a choice.
Once you realize how many choices you actually make in a day, many without even thinking, you’ll have a chance at making better choices. Better choices lead to a better life.
So what exactly does “better”mean? Well that’s just another choice that you get to make for yourself.
2 thoughts on “A Different and Better Year Ahead?”
Thanks, Steve. I agree that it’s important to help people ask questions and consider choices they may not have thought about previously. It’s not just about thinking “outside the box” nor about “breaking all the rules.” It’s more about digging deeper and taking some time to reflect a little differently with some more perspectives. Take another look from a different angle and as Apple said it originally, which I finally figured out, “Think Different.” I thought it should have said “Think Differently” but it wasn’t about being correct. It was about being different, creative, innovative and ground breaking. Onward into 2018!
Thanks Gary, one thing I know for sure, every improvement requires different thinking. A different thought is the genesis of change. Here’s to lots of different thinking and positive change in 2018!