When I heard this question on the news the other day it really got me thinking. How would I live my life differently? It made me think of the Queen Latifah movie “Last Holiday.” After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman (who has deferred pleasure all her life – just playing it safe) decides to take a European vacation and takes on the attitude that she’s got nothing to lose.
I know for me that in 2014 I want to live my life wholeheartedly. By definition wholeheartedly means marked by unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion, or unreserved enthusiasm. Having or showing no doubt or uncertainty about doing something, supporting someone, etc. I’m resolving to fully commit and get out of my comfort zone more because what I learned over the past year is that when I’m out of my comfort zone is when I really start to live. You know the feeling, that adrenaline rush that comes over you when you step up and do something new for the first time. It can be as simple as making new friends or launching a new project; or as challening as climbing Cowels Mountain early New Year’s morning.
This year I will say YES to more opportunities. I also plan to do something new every month that pushes me to new heights like hang glide, or learn to surf. No more holding back and playing it safe.
How will you choose to live your life differently in 2014? If you haven’t thought about it yet, I encourage you to take the time to choose what you want for yourself in 2014. If you don’t, circumstances or someone else’s agenda will decide for you.
We all have the best of intentions, but what separates intentions from achievement is ACTION. The following actions will help you make 2014 your best year ever.
1. Visualize what you want for yourself this year. What are you doing? How are you behaving? How do you feel? What do you smell? What you focus on, so goes your energy.
2. Write it down. I bought myself a journal and named it “2014 Book of Opportunity” to keep a record of what I want my life to look like and what opportunities I have said YES to. Once you document what you want, it makes them more REAL and more achievable.
3. Tell others what you want to accomplish. This helps keep you accountable and lets other’s know how to help you achieve it.
4. Act “as if”. Actions speak louder than words. Wishing for something and mearly talking about it won’t make it happen. Take consistent steps everyday.
Invest in yourself and a mentor to keep you accountable and inspired to create the life you desire in 2014.