I haven’t actually written a blog for a while now and have pretty much given up on writing but I found this image on a friend’s Facebook the other day and with Lent coming up, I just decided, I need to change. Or more specifically, I need to be more successful. Not successful in just the career / material sense (which actually, my hope is that it will translate into that part of my life!) but I need to start making changes so I will be more successful. Now whether that success if in money or in happiness (or both!), I’m not sure yet but I need to do something. Looking back, the past few years have not been the best for me. I’ve moved but I can’t really say in what direction I’ve been moving. I’ve always just waited around for change even though every conventional wisdom tells me that nothing will happen if I just wait. I always thought, change needs to be BIG and DRASTIC but I think it’s finally hit me that no…change can be small. You just need to keep on changing and the small changes will manifest itself into something BIG and WONDERFUL. So here goes. I’m going to make some changes. Or maybe ‘pick up some new habits’ is a better way of looking at it. I’m going to pick up one or 2 things every week and after a week, decide if I want to keep on doing it or try something else. But there will always be something different. Well as for the title of this post, Lent 2014 starts tomorrow and this year, I’m going to keep it simple. It’s going back to the basics of giving up alcohol but instead of chocolate, I’m giving up processed sugar. I’ve done this one a few years ago and I thought why not go for it again? But these are 2 very superficial things to give up because it’s actually more out of vanity I’m giving these things up. They make you bloated and fat. So on top of these 2 tangible things, I’m going to give up something to make me a happier and better person. I’m going to give up ENVY. This is something I struggle with. We live in a world where we seem to be defined by our material goods, making us always want what others have. This can be clothes, jobs, money…etc. So for Lent, I’m going to give up ENVY and live with gratitude. Everyday, I’m going to remind myself of 3 things I’m grateful for in my life.
This is also part of what successful people do, according to The Success Indicator (below). So I’m also going to start trying out habits of successful people, try them out for a week and see how I feel. And I’m going to start tonight. Not wait for Monday or next month or whatever. Tonight, I’m going to Read and write out a To-Do List. I hate a notebook somewhere at home and I’m going to use that as my Success book. There. I threw it out there into the internet so now I must be accountable for it! I’ll use my Tumblr as a track as well but this will be for me. Because I am tired of being sad, tired, scared and non successful. I’ve realized that I’ve done a lot which I should be proud of but I’m not because I can only see the negative. Because I’ve let the nay-sayers be louder than the people who want to prop me out. And because I’ve let myself believe I suck. So while I’m not over all that negativity (not by a long shot!) I need to try to get over it. So here goes….This is going to be the start of my Success Project! Good luck to me!