“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit drains one’s strength.”
Is there something about yourself that you can’t seem to change no matter how hard you try? And that leaves you emotionally drained, right?
Have you made and BROKEN New Year’s resolutions about smoking, losing weight, getting into shape, or saving money?
It’s frustrating, isn’t it?
You WANT to change. You WANT to exercise, stop overeating, stick to your budget, or whatever. But every time you try to change you revert back to your old ways.
Sometimes we decide to change and succeed. BUT almost everyone has a weakness, something about themselves that they keep trying to change, but can’t.
The question that’s going to make all the difference this time is; what’s your weakness?
What do you want to change about yourself that no matter how many times you’ve tried the change just doesn’t stick?
Whatever it is, this time you can change and the change WILL stick.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. At the same time, you don’t need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action. All you have to do is take small steps, and take them consistently, for a period of 100 days.
Below you’ll find 60 small ways to improve all areas of your life in the next 100 days — Part 1.
1. Create a “100 Days to Conquer Clutter Calendar” by penciling in one group of items you plan to declutter every day, for the next 100 days. Here’s an example:
- Day 1: Declutter Magazines
- Day 2: Declutter DVD’s
- Day 3: Declutter books
- Day 4: Declutter kitchen appliances
2. Live by the mantra: a place for everything and everything in its place. For the next 100 days follow these four rules to keep your house in order:
- If you take it out, put it back.
- If you open it, close it.
- If you throw it down, pick it up.
- If you take it off, hang it up.
3. Walk around your home and identify 100 things you’ve been tolerating; fix one each day. Here are some examples:
- A burnt light bulb that needs to be changed.
- A button that’s missing on your favorite shirt.
- The fact that every time you open your top kitchen cabinet all of the plastic food containers fall out.
4. Follow the advice proffered by positive psychologists and write down 5 to 10 things that you’re grateful for, every day.
5. Make a list of 20 small things that you enjoy doing, and make sure that you do at least one of these things every day for the next 100 days. Your list can include things such as the following:
- Eating your lunch outside.
- Calling your best friend to chat.
- Taking the time to sit down and read a novel by your favorite author for a few minutes.
6. Keep a log of your mental chatter, both positive and negative, for ten days. Be as specific as possible:
- How many times do you beat yourself up during the day?
- Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
- Are you constantly thinking critical thoughts of others?
- How many positive thoughts do you have during the day?
Also, make a note of the emotions that accompany these thoughts. Then, for the next 90 days, begin changing your emotions for the better by modifying your mental chatter.
7. For the next 100 days, have a good laugh at least once a day: get one of those calendars that has a different joke for every day of the year, or stop by a web site that features your favorite cartoons.
Life challenges preoccupy and often drain us. God tells us that a joyful heart is as good as medicine! It takes courage to laugh amidst challenges. Here are five simple steps to help keep your heart light:
L – Leisure
Schedule leisure time for yourself. In the midst of life changes it’s important to look away from the pressures and find refreshing. Get creative. Go for a hike. Plan a meal with someone. Have friends over for a game. Build something. Give yourself permission. It may seem trivial, but it can become a lifeline during stressful times. It also helps rekindle relationships that may feel strained with the daily challenges. Plan mini breaks.
A – Affirm
Look around you and intentionally find good. Affirm the positive things you see and hear. Negativity is easy to slip into and it permeates your life like smoke permeates a forest. It clouds your thinking. When pressure mounts we tend to take it out on those we love the most.
Affirm the relationships you treasure. Guard them in changing times. Look for the positive.
U – U-turns
Allow yourself the freedom of turning around. If the direction you are going needs changing, then change it. If you want a different job, take a course and begin in that direction. If an important relationship feels tense, plan some positive times together. If your body is discouraging you determine to find steps that lead to wellness. Don’t dwell on things you have no control over. Concentrate on the things you have power to change and focus energy there. Change what you can.
G – Give
Find ways to give. When life gets challenging our tendency is to hoard our resources. Give of your time to help someone: coach a kid’s team, have someone over. Give a listening ear and hear the feelings behind the words. Give encouragement and kindness.
When you are feeling depleted, intentionally choose to give and you will be surprised at the refreshing it will bring to you.
Be generous without using money.
H – Hope
Dare to hope in tomorrow. Fan the flames of hope in your heart. We all need hope in something beyond ourselves. God can provide that hope and help when we invite Him to walk with us on the road of life. He is the ultimate source of hope for tomorrow. Reach for hope.
Intentionally put laughter back into your life. Step out and lead others to higher ground as you focus on these simple but powerful steps to a more joy-filled you!
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