We’ve reached the midway point of the year. It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in 2014 and now we’re half way to 2015. I’ve compiled (what I believe is) a great list of things you can do (yes YOU) in the second half of this year to make it AMAZING.
Print today’s blog. Stick it on your refrigerator, bulletin board or wherever you need in order to see it. If you’ll get these ten very easy things done, I guarantee you you’ll finish 2014 with a smile!
Write your goals: I hope you wrote them down in January. However, I’m a realist I know many of you didn’t. So, I’m going to ask again: what are three things you want to accomplish before the end of the year. Make sure they pass all the goal tests and make it happen. Period.
Schedule you time or family time first: Guilty! Right here! I have my hand up waving! In his book, First Things FirstFirst Things First, Stephen Covey talks about the “big rocks”. These are big rocks. Put them in first. Get them on your calendar before anything else. You’ll be glad you did.
Volunteer once a month: Find a worthy cause and volunteer your time. Not your money–your time. Work with homeless shelters, animal shelters, senior citizen centers. Do something every month for someone less fortunate. You will soon see how blessed you really are.
Have coffee with someone different every week: I got this idea from a coaching client. She is on a trek to have coffee with a different person every week this year. I LOVE that. I’m adopting it and will fill my calendar with lots of trips to Starbucks. Invite people you know, people you don’t know or people you want to get to know better. Go in with no agenda other than to just learn more about the person. This one has me very excited about the second half of the year.
Write one handwritten note every month: Here’s a tip: Go ahead and have paper, stationary and six envelopes already in your briefcase, laptop case or your car. When you are waiting somewhere just jot off a quick note. And, it’s OK to tell the recipient, “I’ve made myself a promise to write at least one handwritten note a month through the end of the year and wanted to just tell you hello.” Let them know what you’re doing. How many do you think will pick up the phone with a call that starts, “That’s so cool!”?
Say thank you ever day: “God gave you a gift of 86 400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you ”~William Arthur Ward
How easy it is to forget this. Make a note to say the words, “Thank You”. Thank the person at the grocery store with a great attitude. Thank the person who handles the janitorial duties at your office or complex. Thanks a serviceman or woman. Thank someone who deserves it, but probably doesn’t hear it enough.
Read one book a month: This is the easiest one for me. I challenge you to read one book a month. Don’t tell me you don’t have time, I know people who work full time and read several books a month. My niece works full time and goes to school full time and reads an average of…wait for it…18 booksa month! (Don’t believe me? You can join her on goodreads.com where she is hd1090i). You can read one. And if you’re looking for a good one to start, you can get mine here (Shameless plug). Oh, and Thank You!
Anonymously buy someone’s meal every month: This is a fun one and doesn’t have to cost much. Just pay for the car behind you in the drive thru. Pay for a table near you at lunch. Spend a few dollars and change YOUR world. Little things make a big impact.
Put aside a fee dollars every month to bless another at Christmas: $10 a month for the rest of this year would give you $60 to spend at Christmas on a family in need. Children who may not otherwise have a Christmas. Want to feel good during the holidays? Do this one if you don’t do any of the others!
Do one thing every month just for you: Finally, do one thing every month just for you. Manicure, pedicure, massage, a round of golf, splurge on a nice meal. Do something for you. This works great as a reward for doing the other nine. Check them off the list and then celebrate a little. Have a great rest of 2014. It’s going to be a lot of fun! I would love to hear some of your stories on how these go for you.