Evaluation is crucial to getting the most out of life. An opportunity to take stock of the good and the bad is truly the gift of the season. The creators of the modern calendar could not have anticipated the positive side effect presented when given the chance to start fresh with a new year. Each year we are held accountable to the goals of the previous year. Each year we are inspired by the opportunity to create new goals. Evaluating every aspect of our lives for successes and failures allows us to decide what areas are within our control and what areas control can be assumed. Here are some common parts of our lives that yearly beg for our attention.
1. The first place we should look to make improvements is to ourselves. This is usually the area in which we have the most control, even though it may seem like we are powerless to some of our own issues. Whether it is a commitment to eating right, exercising more frequently, or ending bad habits, good health should be a priority and the first goal. Although our happiness should not depend upon external factors such as education or job descriptions, realizing that both have the power to contribute greatly to the satisfaction we get out of life and creating a plan to reach our goals in these areas is the first step to improving our situation in life. Another factor in self-improvement is in taking the necessary steps to getting the most out of life. Though visiting the Eifel Tower will do little to improve the world, it may contribute to your own confidence and worldview thereby building a better you.
2. Family is another area in which we should take a step back and observe what we have the ability to control in order to make improvements. Communication, time spent together, and guidelines should all be reevaluated to determine their current effectiveness. Family is the kind of investment that will bring joy and fulfillment throughout each memberís life. It is not something to take for granted. It should be tended to and lovingly cultivated to ensure its success.
3. While a house is simply a structure that offers us shelter and warmth, a home is a place of safety, comfort, and regeneration. Providing the care a home needs gives us an opportunity to increase our level of safety and comfort. Though it may not be possible to make all of the improvements desired in one year, assessing our financial position and levels of time commitment will give us an idea of the kind of projects that may be possible.
It is not enough to simply write down your goals, but including a comprehensive plan to realizing those goals is the way to achieve success. Resolutions should be based on honest evaluations. It is a golden opportunity to make assessments each year, throwing out what doesnít work and implementing new strategies. We are only given one life to live. Creating resolutions that you can stick to is one way to make the most of that life with no regrets.
Jennifer Tankersley is the creator ListPlanIt.com, where you can find over 350 lists and planning pages organize your life and put your world in order, including pages to help you create or maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and much more. She is also writes List Mama Blog: Lists of Lists for List-Loviní Mamas.
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