Top 5 2012 resolutions everyone should adopt

On the cusp of a wonderful church service this morning, I combine my personal revelations from 2011 with Pastor Bill's words of wisdom this morning and bring you my resolution list for the New Year, as well as boldly suggest you consider adopting this list for your new year.

#1 Clean up your 'friend' list

Everyone has a group of people that they interact with in social media.  Whether good or bad, our thoughts are collected upon whichever platform it may be and we are exposed to and influenced by one another.  This year I resolve to remove the bad influences, the negativity, the underlining drama and the ulterior motives.  I resolve to break the transmission of hurtful words and suggestive comments in attempt to purify my news feed.  I resolve to maintain contact with those that I can benefit from and those with whom I may have something to share.

#2 Replace that space with great influence

Whether you subscribe to blogs, a magazine, a new podcast or buy books, get your mind saturated with that which you wish to accomplish.  There are millions of media sources devoting to sharing information that encompasses every craft, opinion and movement that exists.  The hard part, (or may I say, the fun part) will be finding the group of people that have precisely what you are interested in.  I am a fan of twitter because you meet so many new people through those that you follow.  It's easy to follow someone for a day or two and decide if they have the information you are looking for.  If they do, you can see who influences them, who they follow, and take your interactions even further.

Right now I subscribe to dozens of blogs and follow hundreds of people, and I get something from them all.  I've mentioned the blogs I follow before; they are linked on the left of my page here.  I also keep a couple of great inspirational books on hand;

A book about the creative process and finding time to put your thoughts into action. Blaine is actually from the tv show Prison Break; he played a character named Seth Hoffner.

A hysterical book about moving from your day job to your dream job. This year I MUST finish this one this month.. Thomas is half way and loving it.

  • Bible Studies.

At any given time I have a bible study going.  It helps get me back on track when I slip.  It helps keep me in the Word.  It helps to keep me focused on who I want to be.  Two of my favorites are Believing God, by Beth Moore and Jonah by Priscilla Shirer

#3 Give this new influence at least 30 minutes per day

If you drop 30 wasteful minutes and replace it with 30 inspirational minutes, you have given yourself a solid week plus 12 hours of amazing and overwhelming positive influence.  Imagine saturating yourself in exactly what you love and believe in for nearly 11,000 minutes.  Imagine the power you would feel if you gave yourself the time to really dig into your heart and express yourself.  This small 30 minute creativity break will give you that power this year.

#4 Use this influence wisely.  

When you get an idea, or you find a topic to dwell on, ACT on it.  It must be brought to fruition or it will sit in the back of your mind, eventually becoming the topic following the ever-so-popular "I have always wanted to..." statement.  We have enough of those; let's make them real this year. It does not need to be executed perfectly, or even close.  It just must be executed.  Both authors I mentioned above have said one similar thing in regards to generating ideas and acting on them:

No great idea remains a great idea if it is not made real.  
  • If you want to develop recipes; start tonight with whatever you have in the pantry.  Give yourself 30 minutes to create the best dinner from what you already have.  
  • If you love to write, journal for 30 minutes a day.
  • If you are a fan of design, blend your wardrobe and create a style that fits you, and only you.  Spend 30 minutes finding inspiration from a DIY or upcycle blog.  
Overall, embrace whatever it is you love and wish to do, and do not sell it short.  
Do something everyday.
 
#5 View your personal health and happiness as THE ULTIMATE beauty and fashion trend. 
Have you noticed who we regard as the most influential people these days?  Have you really looked at who you favor?  Have you sat back and really looked at who you are striving to emulate in your daily living.  
 
I have, and I do not like it.  
 
I find myself struggling to follow God as I try to please people who follow money, success, and their own personal idea of what love and respect really means.  I find myself insecure for not living up to their standards.  I find myself being a fake person in their presence, all in order to uphold a decorum that they have set as supreme.  In our world, we are swayed by the cover of magazines, made jealous of our friends on facebook and brought to mental sin on a daily basis.  It's natural to see what society tells us we should be and then measure ourselves up; often falling short.  This does not create happiness.  Learn to love yourself for who you are and what you were created to be.  Do not sell yourself short by trying to live up to someone else's demands of you.
 
This year I resolve to be truly beautiful and grow my heart.  Naturally, my outside appearance and actions will change once this is accomplished.  Perhaps we lose our resolutions so soon because we are trying to change on the outside, when what really needs a change is our heart.  With positive influence and great inspiration, you can live your everyday as precisely who you want to be, and do so for the greatest good.  
 
Peace.  Creativity.  Action.
 
This is what I wish for you all in 2012.  
 

Happy New Year!

 

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