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In 2012, start by stopping

— Culture & Observations —

Ahh yesss… the time of year is upon us when we list our New Year’s resolutions and promise ourselves we’ll do our very best to stick to every single one of them.  ‘Tis the season of self-improvement, fresh starts and clean slates.

I recently came across a blog post that listed 30 things to stop doing to yourself.  Stop being scared to make a mistake.  Stop thinking you’re not ready.  Stop being ungrateful.

Hmm. Stop doing things. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

I’ve picked out a few favorites from the list that resonated with me most. Some are definitely easier said than done, but empowering reminders, nonetheless. I’ve definitely added a few or more of these onto my own list of goals for the New Year, and hope the list inspires you to make positive changes in your life as well.

Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.

Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.

Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.

What are some of your resolutions for 2012?

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