Simple Rules to Live by in 2014

imagesI was heading to shopping galore today for some post-holiday shopping at the Barnes and Noble 50% off sale (score!!), when my twitter, linkedin, and facebook apps blew up with #NewYearsResolutions hashtags, extravaganza articles, blog posts, and opinions.

I guess that means resolutions are on everyone’s minds then?

I’m not usually one for forming New Years Resolutions – I’m more of a fan of weekly, year-round goal journals – but I do enjoy using the New Year as a metaphor for new beginnings, reevaluations, and contemplation.

That being said, here are the results of my reevaluations and contemplations: a set of rules to live by in 2014.

Let go of the toxic

“There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston

Whether the past year has been a year of questions or of answers for you, it is the perfect time to let go of any set-backs, self-doubt, sadness, anger, or overall negativity that you may have had to deal with during the past year. It is now time to begin anew, and to let go of anything that does not serve you, empower you, or help you grow.

Less criticism, more self-love

“You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” –Yogi Bhajan

We tend to be our own worst critics which is very unfortunate; each of us are more unique and capable than we will probably ever see. That being said, the New Year is the perfect time to meditate on your strengths, your positive qualities, and silence the bogus negative voice in the back of your head.

More focusing on what you want, less focusing on what you fear

“What you choose to focus your mind on is critical because you will become what you think about most of the time.” –Noel Peebles

What we focus on tends to manifest; if we focus all our energy, thoughts, and words on our weaknesses and fears, those will more than likely manifest. If on the other hand, we focus on what we want to achieve, the person we want to be, the change we want to make, and our best character traits, then we will continue to manifest the life of our dreams.

Life is too short to be anything but happy

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” –Audrey Hepburn

Life is too incredibly short to waste on negativity, fear, self-doubt, or settling for anything less than the life you deserve. The New Year is the perfect time to focus on cultivating a life that is overflowing with joy, enthusiasm, and passion.

What are your rules to live by? Do you like New Years resolutions?

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4 thoughts on “Simple Rules to Live by in 2014

  1. I really love the power and excitement that a new year brings to everyone. It’s really the only time of year when you truly hear everyone talking about how they want to improve themselves. Now we just need to figure out a way to carry everyone through the year with those discussions!

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