The smoke has cleared! When we are sometimes under the claustrophobia of the smoky days, I, like many others, start to notice the toll it can take on our general happiness. Even when the smoke is thick and we don’t want to go outside, there are still blue skies up ahead. When we pass through sorrow, trials, and difficulties in this life, always remember to keep a positive outlook. Things will almost certainly change.
Even amidst changes and difficulties we can still maintain our routines that help bring consistency to life. Whether it’s remembering to brush and floss morning and night, or keeping our regular exercise regimen, the consistency that we can find in routine helps us keep moving forward. Before we get to making New Year’s resolutions, we can think about what our daily and weekly routines are. Managing our time proactively can, actually, help us feel more fulfilled and do more. Here’s the steps I try to use:
1. Find out what you really like to do.
2. Schedule when you will do it (scheduling is better than planning, because it’s more likely to happen).
3. Enjoy the activity and let some things happen you weren’t expecting.
4. Review with your close friends and family your experience and then repeat!
As we develop routines in our lives, we find that doing things that are outside our comfort zones become easier and widen our perspective. Be courageous and the universe will reward you.
Frank Joyal is a dental marketing guru that I’ve enjoyed listening to for years. One of the stories he tells is about a bungee jumping experience. He noticed that when you’ve been all strapped in and ready to go, nothing happens unless you lean about 15 degrees forward. Absolutely nothing! Everything remains the exact same. But, after that point, gravity does the rest and you’re pulled into an exciting experience that maximizes feelings and memories. I have always remembered that story, and the idea that if we can all lean just 15 degrees forward the universe will bless you with amazing outcomes.