Just like sprouts to Christmas, resolutions get relegated to the start of the year. We all take a deep breath, make a bunch of promises that are mostly broken by spring and then let ourselves spend the rest of the year aquiring stress, berating ourselves about our failures and wishing we had more drive and direction.
Instead of giving yourself the single best (and then worst) present each year of optimistic resolutions, give yourself an amazing present every day. When you open your eyes (or perhaps when you take your first sip of coffee) allow yourself 30 seconds each day to think about what you could do to improve your life by just 1%. Over the course of a year this adds up, and it’s more likely you’ll achieve what you want.
Lofty goals and ‘big purpose’ is hugely valuable however, this comes with a side helping of patience and risk. Give yourself the gift of ‘big purpose’ but on a daily basis why not treat yourself to little gifts of constant improvement.
The word for today is: Ikigai.
Meaning: (生き甲斐) is a Japanese term for “a reason for being.” The word ‘Ikigai’ usually refers to the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile.