20 Hopes For The New Year 2014

[It Takes Effort To Be Graceful In Flight]

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In my last post I listed a few important lessons that I’d learnt or been reminded of during this last year, 2013.

As today is the last day of the year I thought I would look forward into the unknown & write down some personal hopes.

I am not good at New Year’s Resolutions as the temptation is to feel a sense of failure or giving up the first time we break one & with my current memory I’d probably forget what I’d resolved anyway!  So, I thought I would write a reminder list here of my hopes for the coming year. It’s a sort of “Try to apply the lessons I’ve learnt in 2013” though anyone with a business background will probably see them as a list of SMART objectives or goal setting.

So here are my 20 hopes for the coming year (& hopefully beyond):

  1. My words & my actions will more consistently be the same
  2. I will spend more time appreciating & understanding my friends & others
  3. I will be quicker to listen & slower to speak
  4. I will rely on God more
  5. I will realise what I have rather than what I lack
  6. I will be more forgiving & persistent in my relationships with those I know & with those I don’t
  7. I will be able to make people smile
  8. I will smile more myself
  9. I will set higher standards myself than I will set for others
  10. People will be encouraged through their interactions with me (personally, family & business)
  11. I will aim for integrity rather than popularity in everything I do
  12. I will be able to enjoy life again
  13. I will be able to use where I have been & what I have experienced to benefit others & maintain their dignity
  14. I will realise that I have a purpose & see more of what that purpose is
  15. I will, in the words of my sales &marketing friends, “Under-promise & over-deliver” (see, I do remember what you say 🙂 )
  16. I will be more patient with others & myself
  17. Love will be more evident in my whole life, not just the easy parts
  18. I will continue to learn & understand the importance of unconditional love
  19. My home will be somewhere people feel safe & accepted
  20. I will judge less on what I see or hear & more on what I know.

People often describe me as ‘over thinking‘ or ‘thinking too much‘ & throughout my present illness that has been as counterproductive as it has productive. However,  I hope that perhaps one or two of my personal thoughts & hopes will inspire you in some way.

As it has been said many times before, “I cannot always affect what others say or do to me, but I can change how I react to them” & for me, therein lies the secret of making a positive difference.

I wish you all a safe, productive & fulfilling 2014.

Until next year … 🙂

About waywood

Hi & Welcome to my thoughts. I share subjects that are important to me. As you’ll notice, these subjects can be quite broad & varied. I like variety; I like breadth & I like a challenge. I am passionate about helping others overcome their fears, grow in confidence & succeed. Although many people would label me as an achiever, I have battled low confidence, low self-esteem & a couple of nasty, long periods depression over the years. I can’t say, “I know how you feel” but I can hopefully empathise & offer some of the things that are helping me to turn my life around. Please feel free to comment, share & enjoy. Take care, best wishes & keep well Stuart
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3 Responses to 20 Hopes For The New Year 2014

  1. Rob Grayson says:

    Great stuff, Stu. If you manage to achieve a quarter of these, you’ll have a very fruitful year indeed.

    All the best for a very fulfilling year in 2014!

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