The best gifts of 2014 are
not the ones you unwrapped
Monday, January 06, 2014 5:42 AM
So now that the holidays are over, it's time to start focusing on the new year. Whether you received the material gifts that you wanted or not, there are still some gifts waiting for you to discover. However, you won't find these gifts wrapped up in special packaging. Instead you will need to open your mind to find them.
These gifts won't require batteries, but they will come with a lifetime warranty. And the best part is, even though these gifts are priceless, they won't cost you any money. So, in addition to focusing on a healthier, happier and more prosperous 2014, here are some gifts that will add more value and meaning to your life, more than any gadget or precious gem.
Dream big! Everyone dreams, but not equally. Too many people dream only at night in the quiet of their own minds and then awake to find it was all an illusion. Don't be one of them. Dream by the day instead. Be one of the people who dream with their eyes wide open and who works to make them come true.
Rest when you are tired, but don't give up. You never know what's just around the corner. It could be everything you've been working for, or it might be just another mile marker on your journey. There are miracles around every corner. You just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and one day the next step you take will be the one that carries you to your goal.
Don't sweat the small stuff. If you think and you think and you think, you will think yourself right out of happiness a thousand times over, and never once into it. Worrying doesn't take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace and potential. Stop over-thinking everything. Life is too short.
Your biggest limitations are the ones you make up in your mind. The biggest causes of your unhappiness are the false beliefs you refuse to let go of. You are capable of far more than you are presently thinking, imagining, doing or being. You will, however, become what you habitually contemplate, so clear your mind and let your hopes, not your fears, shape your future.
Sometimes there are things in our lives that aren't meant to stay. Sometimes the changes we don't want are the changes we need to grow. Growth and change may be painful sometimes, but nothing in life is as painful as staying stuck where you don't belong. The bottom line is that you can't reach for anything new if you're holding onto yesterday. You may think holding on makes you strong, but often it is letting go and starting anew in the present.
If your life is going to mean anything, you have to live it yourself. You have to choose the path that feels right to YOU, not the one that looks right to everyone else. It's always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb, than the top of the one you don't. So don't wait until you're halfway up the wrong ladder to listen to your intuition. Every morning, ask yourself what is really important, and then find the courage, wisdom and willpower to build your day around your answer.
Accept your flaws. Admit your mistakes. Don't hide and don't lie. Deal with the truth, learn the lessons, endure the consequences of reality and move on. Your truth won't penalize you. The mistakes won't hurt you. The denial and cover-up will.
Flawed and vulnerable people are beautiful and likable. Liars and phonies are not. Every beautiful human being is made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions and finished with unique edges.
You are YOU for a reason. Ignore the distractions. Listen to your own inner voice. Mind your own business. Keep your best wishes and your biggest goals close to your heart and dedicate time to them every day. Don't be scared to walk alone and don't be scared to enjoy it. Don't let anyone's ignorance, drama or negativity derail you from your truth.
In 2014, use your time for what truly matters to you. Identify what's most important to you. Prune nonessential commitments. Eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else. No wasted time, no fluff, no regrets.
The greatest and most gratifying experiences in life cannot be seen or touched. They must be felt with the heart from the inside out. So live fully, love deeply and always be yourself!
Happy New Year!
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