Happy new year! I never set resolutions as I am on a continuous journey of spiritual growth and personal development which does not have an ending. Why wait for January 1st to roll around? When you are free of a destination, each little step in your journey becomes an endless stream of unexpected surprises and revelations because your consciousness slows down, all your sensory experiences are enhanced and you begin to perceive little details that you would have otherwise missed. All the interesting parts of life are hidden in between the lines and requires some soul-searching and deep insights. It’s true when they say that life isn’t easy.
You don’t always need huge lofty goals but I believe you must commit to small changes daily that will eventually result in lifelong habits. Here are 16 things I’ve been doing and plan to carry over into 2016:
- Study philosophy.
- Do things you are afraid of.
- Stop being so narrow-minded.
- Be practical first. React emotionally later.
- Spend more time outside.
- Exercise often, even if it meant walking instead of driving. Every little step counts.
- Sleep more.
- Take cold showers. They are so wonderfully invigorating.
- Write as much as you can. You will discover so much about yourself and the world. Not enough people put enough time into working on themselves.
- Stop labeling. Age, gender, ethnicity… those are all just labels and do not define who people really are.
- Treat people to the little things. A coffee, a slice of cake, their bill at dinner. Doesn’t it feel nice to give without expecting anything in return? And don’t worry, your real friends will remember.
- Stop talking about other people. If you have friends who talk shit about other people, they are probably talking about you too.
- Be curious about the world and always be learning about something new.
- Enjoy your life currently as it is.
- Be unapologetically yourself.
- Worry as little as possible.
“Worry is preposterous; we don’t know enough to worry.” – Wei Boyang