You are a work in progress. That’s good to remember as you enter 2016. Like gratitude and the smile that goes with it, your “to do” list every day should include building a better you from the inside out.
The “People Who Inspire” and “Strong Women” featured here this past year showed us how it’s done. I’ve taken a quote from each of their stories to help you create your best you and your best year yet:
4. Pick up new skills. “I’ve built steps and a wooden fence, poured concrete, split logs, used a hand saw to cut wood, stapled planks, painted, dug holes, driven a stake body truck and operated a Bobcat loader.
This is a self-esteem booster. I’m so much more confident in myself. And I’m not afraid.”
5. Write your goals. “The company I worked for wanted me to write my goals down every day. I found a tiny spiral notebook that I had used years before and put my pen to the pad. That was the light. Goals became sentences and sentences became paragraphs. Before long I had a bigger goal, and I wrote on the cover, “First Book.”
6. Get out of your comfort zone. I had no idea what to expect, so I was very nervous. As I was swimming through muddy water, climbing high obstacles, carrying heavy sandbags and rocks up steep hills, I was saying to myself, ‘I just killed that hill! I just climbed those boulders!”
7. Be part of something bigger. “It’s not just a small group any more making a difference. This community has literally blossomed with people wanting to be involved with activities, events, and city-wide clean ups. So many people are now taking an active role in making the city a better place.”
8. Make time for you. “Now I do a 5k three times a week on the Yough trail. It’s my zen zone. I think of nothing or it could be a firestorm of ideas. I’m able to release the stress after work. It makes me a better person to my husband and kids.”
10. Live in faith. “I am strong when I realize I don’t have to be. I know there’s something stronger than me – the Lord. My strength comes from realizing how small and unworthy I am. My place in this world only exists if I’m in line with what God wants me to do.”
12. Confront your fears. “The only moment I had of regret was before I boarded the plane in Pittsburgh. I called my friend, Jody, and said, ‘What am I doing? She said, ‘I’ll come get you. They don’t have you. ’Yes,’ I said, ‘they do. I took an oath.’
That conversation was good. I had to confront an option, made the choice not to take it and got on the plane.”
13. Prepare for what’s ahead.“When Deb’s cancer advanced, I did a solo, self-supported 130 mile biking, rafting, hiking trek through the southern Utah Escalante Desert. I wanted to test how far I could push myself. I knew that if I could do that, I could travel through whatever challenges came from facing a terminal illness in the family,”
14. Be present. “One January 1st, I called him up and said, ‘Dad, I think I want to jump in the Yough (an annual Connellsville Polar Bear Club river plunge). He said, ‘That’s going to hurt. I’ll be ready in ten minutes.’
He was always interested in everything I was doing. I want to do the same for my kids.”
16. Unplug and reconnect. “As the kids were growing up, we went camping, fishing and to the beach to get away from electronics – and still do. Sometimes we would lay out in the back yard looking at the stars talking about God.”
These special people all have one thing in common. They strive to be better every day. May their quotes be your tools to build a better world, a better life – and your best year yet.
Thanks so much for visiting today. If you or someone you know has an uplifting story to share, send me a note at MaryMotivates@gmail.com. For more motivation and inspiration in 2016, follow MaryMotivates.com here.