It’s October 1st !
The best day of the year. Not only because it brings with it the fresh scents of autumn and tastes of the harvest, but the 1st of anything is always an opportunity for reflection.
It’s always nice to start over. This is why we see so many people making New Year resolutions… some resolutions they never intend to keep up with, others go on to last the entire year (or longer).
On that note:
This post is mainly about lifestyle habits. I got to thinkin’… The difference between those who are successful with their resolutions, and those who are not, is that the successful ones realize the fresh starts are meant to become ingrained into their daily routine. It’s not about a fad “diet” or an arbitrary “change” or a brief escape from what you typically do in the day to day.
It Takes 21 Days To Make A Habit.
Starting over shouldn’t be a temporary solution. If you’re serious about a change, Just Fucking Do It, and stick to it, will ya? Make that shit a PRIORITY.
Priorities. What are they?
Is the reason that pile of laundry is still sitting in the corner of your room because you’re lazy or because you just don’t give a crap about where it ends up? Or maybe you haven’t quite got into the routine of doing your own laundry because your mom has done it your whole life. Sound familiar ?
Not to say laundry should or shouldn’t be a priority – because it definitely isn’t one of mine – but IF it WAS on your list, why isn’t it getting done ? The same goes for rekindling relationships, saving money, or doing your weekly food prep.
The bottom line is:
Where do you focus your time, energy, and abilities? And do those skills line up with what you want out of your life ?
Do you cook regularly? Clean regularly? Shower regularly ? Do you smoke? Do you exercise ? Do your own research? Do you admit when you’re wrong? Do you catch up with old friends ? Do you try new things at least once ? Do you read ? Write ? Explore the great outdoors on your days off ?
Regardless of the answers to these questions, as they will vary for everyone individually, just take a moment to ponder.
What do you do to nourish your soul?
The answers to this question (as personal as they should be) should be things that you make an effort, every single day, to be utmost priorities in your life.
Turn those “should have”, “could have”, “would have” ‘s into musts and needs.
The world we live in praises hard word, productivity, and efficiency. But what about the other stuff? What about things not related to work? It’s hard to focus on what’s important when upwards of 90% of our day is focused around the (dare I say it) unimportant ?
However, don’t get me wrong. Work is an essential part of life. It gives purpose, builds stamina/character, and pays the bills. But everything must be re-evaluated when the work you do doesn’t actually line up with your core values.
What are your core values?
Words like integrity, passion, growth, and contribution are examples of what could be answers to this question. Real, true values, are not tangible. They are not items. They are not things. They are not positions in a company, or ranks you can reach.
It’s difficult to quantify or measure them because they don’t really follow along with the strict science and mathematics that we’ve been taught our entire lives.
Logic doesn’t always win.
Follow your heart, be true to your passions and values, and stay the course.
The rest is bound to follow.