7 Ways To Make 2004 Your Happiest Year Ever
By Kathy Gates
1. Starve a bad habit; feed a good habit. Things that you
nurture, and support, and give energy and time to will grow in your life. And in
contrast, things can't exist if you don't support them. If you have something in
your life that you don't want there, identify how you are supporting it.
2. Give up all hope of ever having a better past. You can't
change it. But you CAN create a better future. If you get up every morning
unhappy about what happened 20 years ago, or yesterday, you give it power over
you. Decide that the past will not rule your present.
3. Do it anyway. You don't have to feel like doing it (exercise,
cutting spending, asking for help, saying no) to do it. Make a plan, then do
what needs to be done.
4. Ask for what you want. Nobody ever gets more than they asks
for. If you ask for very little love, support, opportunity, courage, interest,
etc, that's exactly what you'll get. Decide what's important to you, and be
willing to ask, try, work, experiment, until you get it.
5. Take small steps. It's easy to get overwhelmed and do
nothing. Instead of focusing on the ultimate goal, focus on what you can do
"just for today" to move in a new direction. For example, if financial stability
is your goal, decide that "just for today" you won't create any new debt.
6. Do something different. If you keep doing what you've always
done, you'll get what you've always gotten. Change your routine, add a good
habit. Start small, then build on it. Put $10 in an envelope each week; get up
off the couch and walk in place during commercials; clean out a drawer every
7. Learn something new. Expand your horizons. If you're not
willing to learn something new, you'll stay stuck where you are. It's very hard
to ask for something when you don't even know it's available. Surprise yourself.
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