By Mildred Munjanganja | January 11, 2010
2009 was awesome - I can safely attribute the success of last year to a commitment to discipline that was difficult to master at times and darn-right impossible at others. I am still marveled when I analyze the year trying to determine what small things I did that led to big successes and evaluating the habits that I developed to gain those successes. Only through understanding the formulae for your past successes can replicate and improve it! The conclusion is fairly simple to draw – do something every day that makes your life or someone else’s life better!
I received an e-mail from a friend that I thought was a good place to start, it had some ideas on the rules we can live by to improve our personalities in 2010, enjoy:
1. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
2. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. [People with road rage can understand how it feels to get completely worked up over something they have absolutely no control over…it is worth it?]
3. Don’t overdo. Keep your limits. [I am guilty as charged!!!!! I tend to overdo everything, food, workouts, sacrificing, emotion…everything. I will make this a personal goal for this year]
4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Dream more while you are awake.
6. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
7. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
8. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others
9. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
10. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
11. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
12. Smile and laugh more.
This year my personality resolutions are simple: to practice discipline in every aspect of my life, to keep my limits and not overdo things, to continue to use laughter as the driving force of my joy and to live my life in such a way that in my old age, it will be a memory I like to recall and a story I am not ashamed to tell.