Ah January 1st, this is your year! Yes, this my year. I decided not to bring the old stuff into the New Year, but I made that decision in October 2013. I started when I made my decision. I am not one of those people who wait until the New Year to say what I am going to do the new WHEN the New Year comes. At least, not anymore. Why put off to tomorrow what can be done today? Commitment is not based on the start of a New Year. Commitment to a change requires commitment, period.
Self-improvement is a normal resolution. I am going to lose weight. I am going to work out. I am going to eat healthier. I am going to spend more time with family. The list goes on and on. January first comes and I am all in. Meh, I am more like the girl standing on the side preparing to jump in the rope. I am on my way….then I change my mind and back up. I have played this game too many times. I have started work out programs but stopped. I have started eating healthy then I have a snack every once in a while then my snacks become from frequent. There was no real desire to do what I gave lip service to. I do not know, everyone else was giving lip service. I might as well do my two cents worth. As I am saying this, I have a smirk on my face. Yeah, that was me. Look at me now.
Back to October. Here I was ending one semester about to prepare for a new one. I was at that time two semesters away from COMPLETING something. In my past, I had always started so many things but did not complete them. That was my pattern. That pattern is the same for many of those that lack commitment. The commitment to persevere. The strength to push through despite the negativity from others. The tenacity to look fear in the eyes and say, “I am coming through, like it or not”. Yeah, that was me. Something happened…I was going to school making good grades. I was watching the success of completing classes as the credits began to add up. I not only wrote and published a book. There were people reading it. I started to smile more, my real smile. Not that old fake, stank smile I was wearing because I was around other. Nor was I wearing the blank, get out of my face, look. Well, looks like I was happy. Really happy!! That is when the self-improvement started.
Self-improvement begins with happiness in your authenticity. When you can look at yourself in the mirror and say I love me and I am going to be the best me that I can be EVERY day! When you make your mind up, say it loud. Then you are ready. Guess what, you do not have to wait until the New Year either! Start right where you are. Many of us are consistently running our mouth about who is or is not doing whatever. Change as starts with the person that is staring you back in the mirror. That would be YOU. Your self-improvement could be what gives someone else a nudge to make some improvements.
Be the change that you wish to see ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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