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Quote Of The Day

Sometimes later becomes never. Do it now.

–unknown author
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Quote Of The Day

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein
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Quote Of The Day

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.

–Aaron Spelling
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Time To Plan For 2020 How To Make An Effective Strategy For The New Year

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What the new years brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year”.

Vern McLellan

It’s December and Christmas is just three weeks away. What? How did that happen, I haven’t made any plans yet for next year.

A new year, a new you, a new plan. Time to decide what you want to accomplish in 2020.

What do you want to achieve? What is important and what comes first?

What is your strategy? How do you decide?

If you are like the majority of people, you have these vague plans circulating in your head. You know, the stuff you have been thinking about for most of the year. There may even be a thing or two you wanted to do this year, but you never quite got around to doing.

You need a plan, a good plan, a realistic plan. You need a plan that is not scattered in your head. Every year we tell ourselves that this year will be different and that this year, you will be organized, and you will follow through on your goals.

Now is the time to make sure that happens. Sit down with a blank piece of paper and a pencil and start writing down random thoughts. Close your eyes and think about all the things you want to happen, not just for your work, but for your life.

It is essential to include both. Quite often, we focus on work because that is how we make our living. Our work provides us with income to survive. But life is more than work, and we also need to plan for the things that make us happy. Write it all down.

You may want to write everything down and then walk away for a while. Let it brew for an hour or two, maybe even overnight, Then come back and start breaking it down. Put your random thoughts into categories. Label them ‘work’ and ‘personal’ and then break each of those down again. Maybe list them from most important to least important.

Don’t make it over complicated. Keep it simple and direct, and also keep it real.

When you have a list of your goals, break them down. How are you going to do them? It is great to have goals, but where we usually fail is by not planning the steps of how to complete them.

Let’s say you want to learn to speak another language, or you want to participate in physical activity such as karate. You will need to do some research and break it down into steps. Where can I take a class, how often should I take a class? How long does each class last; an hour? Can I take a class nearby, and if not, how far away do I have to drive? You need all the pertinent information so you can plan for it and include it in your schedule.

You will need to do this with all of your goals, both professional and personal. Remember to be realistic. There are so many hours in each day.

Buy a calendar and a planner. There are many great planners which will give you options for daily, weekly, and monthly. The choice is up to you. Some people use more than one. Of course, you can also use your computer. Mix it up. There is no reason you can’t use all of these options if that is what works for you. Make it as simple and easy as possible.

Look over your schedule, all your goals, and the time you need to relax and recharge. Do you need to dial it back?

Remember, if you overload yourself, it is likely you will not be successful.

Be sure to talk to your family so they understand what you want to accomplish. When they are aware of your plans and see how much effort you are putting into achieving them, they will want to participate and help you. It is a great learning tool for children. Remember, no one watches you more than your children. They are learning from your example.

This is your plan for the new year. Enjoy the process. It can be a learning experience for you, as well. When you are planning out the year ahead, you are thinking about what is important, what your values are.

It also allows you to reflect on 2019 and what you achieved, what worked, and what did not. If something did not work, it is another opportunity for growth; what can you do to improve and do it better the next time.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

Oprah Winfrey

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Quote Of The Day

“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.”

—Babe Ruth
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Posted in Curiosity, Elderly, Excitement, Inspiration, Life, Positive Thinking, Self Improvement

Are You A Player In The Game Of Life? What Is Your Mindset? What Is Your Next Move?

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“There are two kinds of people. One kind, you can just tell by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more surprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keep moving, changing… They are fluid. They keep moving forward and making new trysts with life, and the motion of it keeps them young. In my opinion, they are the only people who are still alive. You must be constantly on your guard against congealing.”

― Gail Godwin

That quote paints this vivid image in my mind of a congealed mass, something like gravy left in a pan on the stove, or the food I feed my cat sitting in its bowl. Yuck!

I wonder, is that what our brain looks like as we age and we give up on life? When we decide our life is enough, we are content, and no longer interested in new ideas, or embracing change, does our brain congeal?

Let’s face it; there is a multitude of people that do choose to stop, and they are not all old. You see them everywhere you go, and you can tell by watching them, viewing their interactions, and listening to them talk.

Zombies come to mind. What the heck! I wonder about so many things, in particular, the way people think and act. I have always been an observer, so this is nothing new. I do it with everyone; I watch people, and I wonder what their life is like. What do they think about? What experiences have they lived through? Are they happy or sad?

Isn’t it strange how you can meet someone once or twice and make a judgment about them? Sometimes, we are spot on, and sometimes we are way off base. When I am observing other people, I wonder what judgment they are making about me.

I am an introvert, so I am happy and content to sit back and be the observer. My husband is much more outgoing then I am. He interacts easily and loves to talk to other people. I assume that outside observers, casual acquaintances, would easily make very different judgments about each of us.

As I am wondering about how we interact with one another, I am also curious about how we play the game and the effect our mindset has on our life and interactions.

When I started this blog, it was all about my mindset. I was fearful of growing old. I did not want to become a congealing blob of inactivity, and I did not want to settle for the here and now. I was afraid I would accept the status quo and stop attempting to learn and grow.

I made the right decision. Each day I stretch my brain in some way. I do a lot of reading and research, and I am learning. By doing so, I find my curiosity expanding. I do get frustrated sometimes because I want to do more. I am not settling for less.

So where are you? What is your mindset, and what are you doing to stay active, mentally, and physically?

It does not matter what age you are, where you live, or if you are working or retired. There is never a time when you should stop learning and improving.

Wake up each day and smile. Have a plan for what you want to do, and always believe it is going to be a good day. When you start each day with a positive mindset, the chances are increased that you will indeed have a good day. Need some help being positive? Read positive quotes; they do help.

Focus on the good things in your life. There will always be irritants, but there will always be good things too.

There is no such thing as pure perfection. We are told all the time to strive for perfection, and, yes, it is a good practice to do your best work. We can always improve and should have a personal goal of growth, but not perfection.

Live in the present. What happened in the past is over, and there is nothing you can do to change it. Learn from the experience, but do not dwell there. Tomorrow is just that. You have goals, and you have a plan, but focus on what you are doing today. Be present in every moment, enjoy it and make the most out of everything you do.

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”

Wayne Dyer

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Quote Of The Day

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

~Anthony J. D’Angelo
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