In 2012, I promise to . . .
- Not take myself so seriously. I will laugh at myself at least once a day and encourage my friends to join me in the chucklehood.
- Try harder to see things from the other person’s perspective. I will realize that not everyone has lived life in the save way I have, nor have they had the same experiences I have had.
- Not make assumptions. How many times have I made a judgment call about someone without getting the full story. And if I don’t get the full story, I won’t make that judgment call.
- Learn when to not take things so personally. It’s usually not about me.
- Stand up for myself more often. Sometimes people really are being jerks and I have to do them a favor and point it out.
- Cry more often. Women are all over this and that’s why they usually live longer. C’mon guys, it’s a great stress reliever and there are things we need to be more upset about.
- Cry less often. Stop being such a big baby.
- Pick my battles more wisely. If it doesn’t matter a day, a week, a month or a year from now, why fuss over it? What do I really need to fight about?
- Speak up sooner. As Barney Fife use to say: “Nip. It. In. The. Bud.”
- Conquer one of my fears. Wow, in the past when I face one of my fears, I feel rewarded.
- Be nice to someone who has absolutely nothing to offer me. It’s easy to be nice to someone if I feel they have something to offer.
- Smile and say hi to complete strangers more often. Who cares what they think.
- Memorize something everyday. It could be a quote, a poem, an affirmation, lyrics to a song, a recipe, scripture or something really practical like how to change a tire.
- Listen. I will make it a habit to really, really, really listen to what someone is trying to say instead of what I want to say.
- Have a scream space. This is easy for me because I live alone. I will go into my walk-in closet about once a month (or when necessary) and scream at someone whom I want to strangle.
- Keep in touch with my friends more often. I’m so bad at this. Facebook helps, but I need to deliberately contact someone I haven’t spoken to in a while and encourage them. I’ll try and do this once a week or so.
- Keep on top of my goals. Ask myself every morning “What three things do I need to do today? This week? This month? This year?”
- Explore a new route in creativity. I have always explored creativity through the venues of writing or drawing or painting. I think it’s time to learn to play a musical instrument.
- Have a backup plan. Evaluate the areas in my life that may need a backup plan. What if I lose my job? What will I do if someone close to me dies? What if my house burns down?
- Stay in the habit. Make a list of things I need and want to do on a daily basis and do those things.
- Break out of the habit. I will not get into a rut.
- Look at this list on a daily basis and see where I am at.
Does anyone have anything to add?