It's a wise custom to end an old year and begin a new one with serious self-reflection.
What did you learn this year that
could improve your life and make you a wiser and better person?
If you want to have a successful and
fulfilling New year, start by examining the way you think and feel about your
job, your relationships, and yourself. After all, the single most important
factor in personal happiness and your impact on others is your attitude.
In the geometry of life, the axiom is
"positive attitudes produce positive results." They make success more
likely, failures less harmful, pleasures more frequent, and pain more bearable.
Some people tend to bring warm sunshine wherever they go; others bring cold
chills. What do you bring?
To find out where you can improve, take an
inventory of your predispositions, the attitude you're most likely to start
Are you generally optimistic or pessimistic?
Do you tend to assume the best or expect the
worst of people?
Is your first instinct to be empathetic or
Is your first instinct to be supportive or
Do you send the message that you enjoy life
or that you're barely enduring it?
Do you come across as the captain of your own
ship or simply a passenger?
Wherever you are on the positive-attitude
spectrum, think how much better things could be if you were more consistently
and self-consciously optimistic, empathetic, supportive, grateful, enthusiastic,
hopeful, and cheerful.
So why not resolve to think, act, and speak
more positively about yourself, your family, your coworkers, and everyone else
in your life?
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that