I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions because if I decide to do something new that will transform my life, or change my behaviour for similar reasons, I’m certainly not going to wait till January 1st. to rally my resolve if it’s now, let’s say, the middle of April. There’s a Chinese proverb that springs to mind:
Q – When is the best time to plant an apple tree?
A – Twenty years ago, but if you didn’t do it then, do it now.
However if you’re dead set on a resolution, you could try this one:
Do your utmost every day to do what you love and love what you do.
In case you wonder why I hit on that idea, here are ten really good reasons, not in any particular order, to do what you love:
- When you do what you love, you are far more likely to be successful. Think about it. If you are brilliant at carpentry, why would you study to be a solicitor, for example? Because someone like your Dad thought it would be a good idea to get a secure career?
- When you do what you love, you are far more likely to be happy. Because you are enjoying what you’re doing, you’re happier. Work is no longer drudgery, it becomes a joy.
- When you do what you love, you will be able to excel, which is way beyond ‘competent’ or even ‘expert,’ and far more exciting. Being average or adequate is boring. It doesn’t make your heart sing. It doesn’t make you want to get out of bed in the morning.
- When you do what you love, you give something unique, original and of immense value to those of us who need it. You can forget about competition. Also, we feel short-changed when you don’t give us your true gift. We need what only you can offer.
- When you do what you love, your life takes on a whole new world of meaning and purpose. Whatever you do it’s an offering of immense value because it’s unique and it comes from your heart.
- When you do what you love, ongoing motivation is no longer a problem. How often do we start something energetically only to realise our enthusiasm is waning until eventually it becomes drudgery. It’s because our heart isn’t in it. There is no need for our work to be drudgery.
- When you do what you love, you do what you were put on this planet to do – i.e. you fulfill your life’s purpose and that’s immensely satisfying. If you want to feel fulfilled you must work out what is your life’s purpose, and fulfill it. It’s the only way. Listen to your heart and follow its guidance.
- When you do what you love, you align perfectly with your core values, beliefs and instincts so inner conflict melts away. You no longer feel conflicted because what you do aligns perfectly with how you feel and you give that precedence over what you think. This way, harmony arises.
- When you do what you love, you lift your whole being to a higher level of consciousness. With consciousness comes choices and with choices you take control of your life.
- When you do what you love, you unleash your inner creative mega-storm Your work and your recreational activity is no longer run of the mill but fired with the energy of your creative self. Once you turn on the tap you’ll never get the genie back in the bottle.
When you find the courage to dig deep inside yourself to unleash your unique special something, whatever it may be, you tap into your personal tremendously powerful store of inner resources and anything becomes possible because you are doing what comes naturally to you. You cease pushing the river and instead flow with it.
This you are doing simply by expressing the voice of your heart, no less.
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