Beating Mediocrity: Life Goals and Self Improvement
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Traumatic events have a way of making you put laser focus on your life and what you are doing with it. When my aunt passed away, I was so distraught. Not only would I miss her immensely and regretted not spending more time with her, it was a reminder of how short life is. She was in her early 50’s, way too short of a life in my humble opinion.
That’s how it goes though and it really got me thinking about my life and where it was headed. Here are the four areas of my life that I have identifies as the most important and where I am going to focus on some changes in the upcoming year to improve.
My family - I knew this in my heart, but if I am honest with myself I haven’t’ been putting them first. I need to refocus how I am spending my time. My daughter is 14 and has limited time left under my roof. I need to evaluate my time and make sure I am doing more with her and John. That means saying no to some things that I have been saying yes to.
One area I can really improve on is being more present when I am present! I mean paying more attention to them when we are together and not being on my phone or working. I’m thinking of putting my phone on the charger in another room so I am not even tempted.
My health - I have struggled with this all my life. I usually do either really well, becoming totally obsessed or swing in the complete opposite direction. I need to finally get somewhere in the middle and just focus on being healthy and living the lifestyle I want to have.
While I have lost about 15 lbs in the past year, I know there is more I can do. I need to be more committed to my health and put better foods in my body to fuel it. I have been consistently doing yoga, but need to add in some cardio to help my heart. It’s an absolute must given my family history.
My sanity - With my anxiety struggles I know yoga and meditation are key to my stress management. I need to stay committed to doing this so I don’t get overwhelmed. In addition, I need to get better at saying no to things that I don’t want to commit to.
My time is limited and I need to focus on the best way I can spend that time. Instead of worrying about making everyone else happy, I need to make sure I am happy. Through several podcasts, books, and articles I am finally learning that it isn’t selfish to be stingy with what you say yes to.
4. My career - I am thankful for the job I currently have, but it isn’t my dream. I love to write and I want to do it full time some day. Over the past year I have realized that writing is exactly what I want to do and I want to figure out a way to make a living at it.
I know I am going to have to work really hard and make some sacrifices to start making more money in order to really go for it. The first step I want to take in this category is to focus on writing every day. The more I write, the better I will get and the more confident I will be in pitching articles to new clients. Every year we start thinking about what went well and would could have gone better in the previous year. I can see how much I have changed in 2018 and I want to continue that growth in 2019. What areas in your life would you like to see some changes in? Take the opportunity to review your priorities to help you identify the areas that could make you happier. Taking steps forward will help you see real progress this time next year!