We know that New Year’s Resolutions are rarely successful, but I can’t resist the temptation of a new year! So instead of resolutions, I’m creating new “motto’s”. I love personal mottos. I create them to help me remember things ideas and principles (or in this case goals) that might otherwise slip out of my consciousness. For example, my first motto was/is, “Don’t judge yourself by other people’s values.”
I created this motto because I realized that I was judging myself for not having accomplished more financial success in my life. One day I had an epiphany. It was never my goal when I was younger to make a lot of money. I wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom–not a lot of money there. I also thought about being a teacher–not a lot of money there. When I look back on my actual goals and values, I realize I have succeed at my goals! And it made me feel a lot better about myself. Thus: don’t judge your success by other people’s values.
Here are some mottos I would like to make part of me during this new year.
1–You’ve got to move it, move it.
If you have a song playing in your head now, my apologies *snicker, snicker* Hey, I didn’t say the motto had to be original or profound. It is simply a way to keep something important in the forefront of my mind. I need more exercise. In addition to the traditional ideas about that, I think if find other opportunities to move, it would help. I mean: make it fun, make it part of me, for example, last night at work I was dancing in the kitchen while waiting for the microwave (don’t laugh, no one saw me! I figure all extra movement is good.)
2–You are what you eat.
Again not original, but something I need. Several years ago, I went through a “health craze”. I radically changed my diet, lost weight and most importantly, felt better emotionally and physically. So what happened? Emotional eating sabotaged me! Sigh. Now with a couple years of therapy under my belt, and some difficult emotions and memories excised, it’s time to try and tackle the emotional eating again. I know I feel better when I eat healthier so: You are what you eat.
3–Hablar es querer
It means to speak is to love. My oldest son is going to Argentina soon on an LDS/Mormon mission. I’m excited, nervous and grieving all at once. I’m tickled that he will be learning Spanish, because I learned Spanish when I went to Venezuela (just a few years back, okay more than a few years. But who’s counting?) I still use my Spanish, but I want it to be tip-top when my son comes back. So I’ll work on that, and maybe I will even succeed in helping the rest of the family learn a little Spanish too!
4–Stupid is the New Smart
I got that one from Richie Norton in his book The Power of Starting Something Stupid. This one is about my goal to self-publish my book, Touching His Robe, this year. Hopefully, you are thinking, “That’s not stupid, Leslie!” (You are thinking that aren’t you?) Anyway, I vacillate between excitement about it and thinking “no one other than a few friends will by it” yada yada. I go through this with everything I write.
I have high hopes for 2014. I think it’s going to be a great year. How about you? Do you have any new mottos? Or resolutions, you can share those too.