2014 New Year’s Resolutions For A Better Life

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2013 is coming to a close, and this year has had a lot of ups and downs for my personal life.  At Lockheed, we sit down and brainstorm on things to start/stop/continue for our future growth every year.  Sitting back to reflect, I have come up with a list of things to stop from 2013, which should lead to a great start in 2014.  I am not big on setting resolutions, so instead I consider these life lessons to integrate into my psyche for a more positive and successful year!

  1. Stop running from my problems. 
  2. Stop lying to myself.
  3. Stop putting my own needs on the back burner.
  4. Stop trying to hold onto the past.
  5. Stop berating myself for old mistakes.
  6. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness.
  7. Stop being idle.
  8. Stop thinking I’m not ready.
  9. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons.
  10. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work.
  11. Stop trying to compete against everyone else.
  12. Stop being jealous of others.
  13. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for myself.
  14. Stop holding grudges.
  15. Stop wasting time explaining myself to others.
  16. Stop doing the same things over and over.
  17. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments.
  18. Stop following the path of least resistance.
  19. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t.
  20. Stop trying to be everything to everyone.
  21. Stop worrying so much.

 

Not all was bad habits though.  Personal growth is a continual challenge, and 2013 gave me some great new habits that I would like to continue including:

  1. Continue being grateful for the life I have built.
  2. Continue owning my mistakes when I make them, and work to correct them.
  3. Continue to realize perfection is an illusion – happiness does not spring from perfection.
  4. Continue to be quietly strong when confronted by people who are trying to bring you down by projecting their own issues on you.
  5. Continue to forgive others, and understand they are usually from a place of internal pain.
  6. Continue to not be scared to make mistakes. Mistakes are the part of life that grow your soul’s strength.
  7. Continue to realize I am not anyone else.
  8. Continue investing energy in people that elevate my life to a higher level.
  9. Continue focusing on my health.
  10. Continue being a change agent for my life, and for my community.

And of course, you need to challenge yourself, otherwise you will stagnate.  So here are some new challenges for 2014 that I want to personally attain and integrate into my being:

  1. Start focusing on participating in activities that make me happy.
  2. Start breaking unhealthy routines in my life.
  3. Start realizing that the moments during a year that seem to be the end are just a new beginning.
  4. Start having fun each and every single day.

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