Today marks ten days into the new year, and these few days have given me time to reflect on things that have inspired and molded me to be who I am today, and the things have nudged me along to create Inspired by Nick.
I told myself that this year, instead of setting resolutions, which are more often than not unreasonable, unattainable and just plain un-kept, that I would live by ten mottos, ten ways to go about life differently. They’re ten things that we could all benefit from reminding ourselves of from time to time.
Self-improvement is often thought of synonymously with shifting behaviours, and I recently read somewhere that it’s said to take seven years to master a skill. How can we expect ourselves to one day (January 1st) flip a switch and be this entirely new person.
“A new year, a new me!” Sound familiar? Sure, self-improvement is always a positive change, but it almost always takes time. We can only start to change ourselves for the better in small steps. Day by day, in learning from our mistakes.
Every year is the same, we’ll be better at our jobs, more patient with our families and more receptive to new ideas. We’ll eat healthier, we’ll work out more and get in killer shape. And while all of those are valid in their own ways, this year I decided to shift gears.
Instead of listing out all of the things I’m unsatisfied with, I decided to list out concrete things or actions that I can take every single day to be a better person. I’m making an active effort to engrain them in my daily thoughts and actions.
When I started Inspired By Nick, my goal was simply to inspire others.
I thought that somehow, by sharing things that I had learned, or things that had inspired me, that I would be able to influence positive change in others and inspire them, too.
So today I’m sharing with you, ten mottos that I told myself I would live by, each and every day this year, in my attempt at self-improvement.
1. Life is what we make of it.
2. Be nicer to others than what’s required of us.
3. We only stress if we let ourselves stress.
4. Hard work DOES pay off.
5. Be the change that you want to see in the world.
6. Do things that make you FEEL good.
7. Pay it forward – do a nice deed for someone every day.
8. The best things in life ARE free.
9. Work hard to earn WHAT you’ve been dreaming about.
10. The materialistic things don’t matter. The things that bring you inner joy, do.
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick
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