Happy New Year! Rather than a new year’s resolution, I choose to go with a theme I can apply to all areas of my life. My theme for 2016 is “Mindful”.
Mindful of how you talk about your work.
Be mindful of the words you choose to tell the story of your work to coworkers, family and friends. People will often reference their job as, “insane, crazy busy, ridiculous” and even “hell”. Is your magnifying glass focused on the 90% or 10%?
When people ask me, “How’s work?” I say, “Wonderful. Totally blessed. Great.” I believe in the law of attraction: “What you focus on… you get more of”. I do have 10%s days but I have to be careful that those days don’t turn into the story that I tell.
Mindful of how you feel when you are with others.
Be mindful of how you feel after you have spent time with others. If they are toxic for you, it is time to move away from them (when we can!). Find coworkers who are happy to sit with, walk at lunch or go to the gym. Negative people rarely change, we have to change and be mindful of the impact they can have on us. I have spent years moving away from negative people. Life is way too short.
I am also mindful of my time when I am with my friends. We have stopped eating and shopping (90% of the time!) and replaced it with walking, running errands or cooking together.
Mindful with who you are to your family members.
Darren and I have been married for 20 years this year. I need to be mindful of creating time for Darren. We get so busy with our careers and our children and we need to make sure we are scheduling in time in our calendar for each other. Even a simple, mindful lunch together can reconnect us.
Being a mom of teenagers basically means I am a taxi driver. I love spending time with them and this is a great way for me to do that. This year, I am making sure I am mindful of the Mom they need me to be. I want to be a great listener, know their teachers, their friends and how they are feeling.
Mindful of how you treat yourself.
Nothing will change in your life unless you change the way you view yourself. We have to learn to see ourselves through a 90% lens. Be mindful of how you take care of yourself. Don’t spend another year stuck in the 10%s. Enough excuses!
What will your theme be this year? Heal, simplify, cope, clean or rejuvenate?
Cheers to a mindful 90% year!