Carpe Annum/Seize The Year! 10 Resolutions for 2014

Happy 2014!!

Happy 2014!!


“Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~Howard Thurman

Happy 2014!
My theme for 2014 isn’t just Carpe Diem (Seize the Day) but Carpe Annum (Seize the Year)! Rather than pick impossible goals to accomplish, try these new habits to practice. Resolutions like this make you a happier person. And in becoming happier, the people around you will be happier, too.

1. A Balance of Work, Play and Learning
Balance is extremely important for a healthy mind and body. A balance between work, play and learning. It’s a simple idea that is really hard to accomplish at times. What does being balanced mean to me? It means not rushing, feeling grounded, calm and peaceful, and best of all, excited for my day and for just being alive. It’s feeling awake, mindful, receptive and wise. We all have glimpses of balance in life but not usually on a daily basis. What if you could have this feeling nearly everyday?

2. Be Mindful
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose. It’s paying attention without judgment. All five senses become involved. You are more aware of your thoughts. People are often on auto pilot and easily distracted. Mindfulness brings about an awareness, stillness and a feeling of gratitude for your life. Even just a few minutes of mindfulness a day can help.

3. Kindness
Kindness doesn’t have to cost anything. Kindness can be given to those you know with a compliment, a smile, a chore done for someone, a meal or just a listening ear. Kindness creates community and all human beings need to be part of a community to be truly happy. People who are part of a community are healthier and live longer, too. Practice kindness with people you know and those you don’t.

4. Gratitude
Gratitude is thankfulness taken to the next level. It is a heartfelt and intellectual acknowledgement of all that is good in your life. It’s embracing uncertainty and adversity as well as the good times. Try to feel gratitude towards the bad things that have happened to you, knowing that it will lead you to a new opportunity. When you practice gratitude you will find your mood change from good to amazing!

5. Use the “I AM” Affirmation
“I am” affirmations are powerful. “I am” is a positive visualization. You say the affirmation even if it’s the opposite of what you’re thinking. The visualization enters your consciousness and then your subconscious takes charge and transforms you. Your brain believes whatever you tell it! Just say something like, “I am abundance.” And don’t say “I’m going to…” make it a definite “I am”.

6. Love Yourself
Why is it that being grateful for ourselves and giving ourselves affection is so difficult? Why is it that we are always hardest on ourselves? I hear people say, “I don’t like how I look in pictures.” “I wish I was different.” “I am so sorry that I’m bothering you.” So many people apologize all the time when it’s completely unnecessary! When you feel inferior about yourself, you will give others permission to treat you in the same way. You deserve your own affection and that of others.

7. Discover Your Purpose or Passion
Your passion or purpose is the reason you get out of bed in the morning. The Okinawans called it Ikigai which translates to “reason for being”. Do you know what your passion is? If so, make time to practice it this year! If not, take time to listen to your inner self. What is it that you really love? Find the courage to do, first as a hobby and then as a job.

8. Replace Negative Thoughts With Positive Ones
Positive thinking is a state of mind where you change your negative thoughts to positive ones. Negative thoughts can lead to depression, frustration and disappointment. Positive thinking does not mean you avoid unpleasant situations in your life. It means you approach your problems with a different, can-do attitude. Positive thinkers try to see the silver lining in situations and in people.

9. Unconditional love
What is unconditional love? Just that, love without conditions. Unconditional love is letting go of the expectations, tolerating mistakes, being there for conversations, and appreciating differences. The people in your life will flourish with unconditional love. Give unconditional love to people you don’t know. Just send out thoughts of love as you pass someone by in a store. It may sound crazy, but it works. And the amazing thing, as you give out unconditional love, it will come back to you, ten fold!

10. Do something to make other lives better.
You may not realize it but every time you help others, you make your own life more meaningful. Helping others fills your life with purpose. When you help others, you are helping yourself. We are all on this planet together and are all interconnected. True compassion has it’s own reward. As Ghandi wrote, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Any more positive resolutions you can think of?
Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to experiencing a great new year with all of you!

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.”
~Goran Persson

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19 Responses to Carpe Annum/Seize The Year! 10 Resolutions for 2014

  1. sunny lynn says:

    thank you !
    what an excellent way to start the day

    i am so happy to have a plan for 2014

    looking forward to an amazing year

    THANK YOU

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    Betsy Reply:

    Sunny Lyn,
    So glad you enjoyed the resolutions. I love the optimism that the new year brings! Also glad to have you here as part of our positive community.
    Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Hi Betsy,

    I love your idea of Seizing the year. Yesterday I was tempted to get into one of my daughter’s business. Never mind that she’s almost 40, never mind that she didn’t ask for my advice. My head was swirling with ideas on what I thought she should and shouldn’t do with her life.

    Now the best thing is that I caught myself. I never said a word. Of course I Do Not know what’s right for her. I don’t know what’s right for myself half the time;)))

    I shifted my perception and the word’s that came out of nowhere were, “Let Her Live Her Life!”

    I believe I did #2, #8 and #9 before I read your post. Therefore, I know the other 7 can be practiced regularly as well. Thanks for the reminder:) Happy 2014! xo

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    Betsy Reply:

    Tess,
    I’ve learned the hard way about keeping my mouth shut! Sometimes I now say, “Do you need an ear or do you want advice?”
    Thanks for the comment!
    Happy 2014!

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  3. Vidya Sury says:

    Sweet, Betsy! In 2014, I plan to give more, love more and facilitate more!

    I love your resolutions. Self care is on my list too. Oh yes, have a tough time with self-love!

    And may 2014 be “our” year too!

    Love, Vidya

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    Betsy Reply:

    Vidya,
    I love your plans! Isn’t self care a funny thing? I think as mothers and wives we often put ourselves last. So I agree to that, too.
    And…Yes to 2014 and our project!
    xoxo

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  4. Karen Jolly says:

    Hi Betsy,

    You had me at that first quote! :) We so often forget that the real gift we can give others is to “come alive” and live fully, happily with our whole heart. Your points were so good to go over before the start of the year and put it all in perspective again!

    Thank you!
    Karen

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    Betsy Reply:

    Karen,
    Isn’t that the best quote? I knew I had to use it some post sometime when I first saw it.
    Thanks for the comment and Happy New Year!

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  5. Elle says:

    Am loving seizing the year Betsy and am so in tune with your ideas for the year. May you have the best year ever (so far) filled with abundant blessings.
    Love Elle

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    Betsy Reply:

    Thank you Elle! And same to you, too!!
    xoxo

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  6. vanita says:

    Seize the year it is! I tend to forget to love myself. Great advice. Love that Thurman quote.

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    Betsy Reply:

    Vanita,
    Don’t you think that when you have children it’s often hard to find time to love ourselves? We’re so busy taking care of everyone else!!
    Glad you like that quote!!
    xoxo

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  7. Robert says:

    Hi Betsy – fantastic post and a fantastic way to start 2014. I also love the opening quote: “…Ask what makes you come alive…” and I think that’s something so many people neglect – taking care of themselves, making sure to feel good, being happy… If you don’t feel good in your skin, how can you help anyone else?

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    Betsy Reply:

    I just love that quote, too, Robert! I agree that many people do this especially parents and dedicated spouses. We forget that if we are happy the people in our lives are happy, too.
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Claudya says:

    Wonderful suggestions. My husband and I managed to change our financial and work career situation hugely last year and we began by putting up signs all over our home of what we wanted. I still can’t believe we got it, but I guess there was a part of me that knew we could or I wouldn’t have put the signs everywhere.

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    Betsy Reply:

    Claudya,
    I love that idea! That is fantastic!!! My next post is on manifesting. Do you mind if I use this as an example in that with a link to your blog? Happy New Year!
    xoxo
    Betsy

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  9. Hiten says:

    Hi Betsy,

    What wonderful advice for the new year, my friend.

    I could really resonate with what you wrote about showing gratitude to bad things that have happened to us, as it leads us to new opportunities. This is a very powerful principle and it works.

    Thank you and a very Happy New Year!

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    Betsy Reply:

    Hiten,
    Yes, showing gratitude to the bad things is always the hardest. We can always look back later and realize why it happened and what we learned from it. But during the situation, it’s tough to be grateful!
    Thanks for the comment and Happy New Year to you, too!

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