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Win The Day

A belated happy 2016! So I’m wondering how those resolutions going for you after two weeks. Not very well, huh? Don’t feel bad. I’m right there with you.

I never did well with keeping a resolution whether it was for a whole year or simply a month. Those desserts look appealing, I never can stick to a diet, and I always found ways to spend that money I was supposed to save. So a few years back I chose to stop making resolutions. Not because I didn’t want to improve my life; quite the opposite. It was more of a preemptive strike against the harsh ways I’d beat myself up internally once I broke my year-long commitments. You see, my inner voice, which I nicknamed The Aunch, is quite loud. It drowns out most of the good in me.

So for 2016, I’m trying something different. It’s a way to both improve my life and silence that dissenting voice within. It’s an all-day challenge, and The Aunch is my opponent. At the end of each day, if I can say that I:

  • didn’t eat crap food
  • wasn’t mean to others
  • wasn’t mean to myself
  • didn’t procrastinate or goof off at work
  • did some sort of exercise
  • didn’t spend my money on frivolous things that won’t improve my life

…then I’ve won the day.

Since 2016 is a leap year, I get 366 chances to win the day. There is only one judge for this challenge. Me. And if I don’t win the day and slip up somehow, I am allowing myself permission to not be disappointed in myself, which would open the door for The Aunch to come creeping in and make things worse.

May 2016 be a year where we all win the day.

 

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On Minimalism

“Most of what I own is expensive, but it was purchased with the purpose of efficiency and utility, not for entertainment, status or whim.”

Mark Manson, from his post on Minimalism

 

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