Without doubt the biggest challenge facing us as individuals is learning how to improve our life. Sometimes the process can begin at Christmas when, full of festive cheer we make a vow to not just ourselves, but friends and family alike that the new year will bring a “new you” with resolutions and goals the key targets we set out to achieve.
As January progresses the usual resolutions to drink less alcohol, eat less chocolate and exercise more fall by the way side as we settle back into, for want of a better term, the normal lifestyle. For most this means returning to work, facing up to the credit card bill from December and realising once more there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
So how do we make changes for good? How do we evolve and diversify our way of life?
Some find the answers through life coaching whilst others consume copious levels of self-help books. Many just use our loved ones and friends as motivation tools to “keep us on track” as one would have it. Whilst all these ideas start with good intentions we often lose interest as we get caught up in life. Easy enough isn’t it?
For 2013 I have taken a new approach that you may find useful to try for yourself. It is commonly known as “The Happiness Project” in which we set out, step by step to plan the year and changes we would most like to see that we feel will make us a happier person.
To do this with success, it has been suggested to write about ones “project” so it is out there in front of you. This is partly what my blog will be based on throughout the year. As the days roll into weeks, weeks into months, all of which will ultimately see another year pass us by I hope that through these means I can become a better person and improve my way of life and standard of living.
So what does make us happy? All of you will have differing opinions and views. To begin I have created a list of events, happenings and aspects of my life to change that will, fingers crossed make 2013 one the best in memory. In no particular order, here they are kids. The twelve key points I shall be working towards throughout the calendar year.
- Just be David
- Run, run, run!
- Be a better person to other people.
- Travel back to Europe.
- Bowie’s return!
- Complete my Amnesty/Kilimanjaro project.
- Indulge in the things you love.
- Complete a series of small projects.
- Focus only on what you can control.
- Learn something new.
- Surround yourself with the right people.
- Get the little things right.
Over the coming days I will explore step by step how I plan to attack each target point to make 2013 a year to remember. I don’t know where I will end up but I can promise you that the ride won’t be boring.