The old saying that today is the first day of the rest of your life, is an aphorism without significance if you refuse to do anything different starting today.
It doesn’t matter if today is New Year’s Day, your birthday, Friday the 13th or just plain Thursday, you can choose today to start living your life differently. Here are some ideas for things you can do today to make your life better starting now:
Be kind to everyone
, simply because you’ll feel better. Of course, so will everyone else.
Think of your spouse first
Pick a movie, a place to eat, a rental car, the radio station, whatever, based on your spouse’s likes.
Be a better child
Everyone has parents, even if they’ve passed on. Choose to be a better child, to respect your parents and make their lives better or to honor their legacy.
Parent with love
Parenting is hard; make it easier by expressing love for your children in words, in tone, and in your actions. Leave no doubt.
Whether you are 12, 42 or 72 years old you have so much to offer. Give of your time to help others and receive the joy that comes from it.
Your body and your world will thank you for parking your car and walking when you can.
Make the effort to learn something every day. Read voraciously; study consciously.
You don’t have to tell your wife or your mother that yes, those pants do make her look fat, to have integrity. You can’t cheat, lie and steal your way to happiness. Be fair in all your dealings.
Do your best
Really doing your best requires effort. You can’t phone it in. Whatever you are doing, take the time to do your best. Be proud of what you do.
Make time for what matters
Life is a constant barrage of demands from other people; learn to prioritize so that you are spending the most time and the best time on the things that matter most.
You can learn to be more optimistic by seeing challenges as speed bumps you can overcome, rather than as overwhelming barriers to happiness. Put every problem in its proper perspective.
Be true to your spouse, your employer, your children, your country and to your faith.
Believe in yourself and believe in God. There really is nothing you can’t do together.
Take care of yourself; eat right; exercise. Plan for a long life; live for a healthy life.
Devin Thorpe, husband, father, author of Your Mark On The World and a popular guest speaker, is a Forbes Contributor. Building on a twenty-five year career in finance and entrepreneurship that included $500 million in completed transactions, he now champions social good full time, seeking to help others succeed in their efforts to make the world a better place.