On the cusp of a wonderful church service this morning, I combine my personal revelations from 2011 with Pastor Bill's words of wisdom this morning and bring you my resolution list for the New Year, as well as boldly suggest you consider adopting this list for your new year.
Everyone has a group of people that they interact with in social media. Whether good or bad, our thoughts are collected upon whichever platform it may be and we are exposed to and influenced by one another. This year I resolve to remove the bad influences, the negativity, the underlining drama and the ulterior motives. I resolve to break the transmission of hurtful words and suggestive comments in attempt to purify my news feed. I resolve to maintain contact with those that I can benefit from and those with whom I may have something to share.
Whether you subscribe to blogs, a magazine, a new podcast or buy books, get your mind saturated with that which you wish to accomplish. There are millions of media sources devoting to sharing information that encompasses every craft, opinion and movement that exists. The hard part, (or may I say, the fun part) will be finding the group of people that have precisely what you are interested in. I am a fan of twitter because you meet so many new people through those that you follow. It's easy to follow someone for a day or two and decide if they have the information you are looking for. If they do, you can see who influences them, who they follow, and take your interactions even further.
Right now I subscribe to dozens of blogs and follow hundreds of people, and I get something from them all. I've mentioned the blogs I follow before; they are linked on the left of my page here. I also keep a couple of great inspirational books on hand;
A book about the creative process and finding time to put your thoughts into action. Blaine is actually from the tv show Prison Break; he played a character named Seth Hoffner.
A hysterical book about moving from your day job to your dream job. This year I MUST finish this one this month.. Thomas is half way and loving it.
- Bible Studies.
At any given time I have a bible study going. It helps get me back on track when I slip. It helps keep me in the Word. It helps to keep me focused on who I want to be. Two of my favorites are Believing God, by Beth Moore and Jonah by Priscilla Shirer
If you drop 30 wasteful minutes and replace it with 30 inspirational minutes, you have given yourself a solid week plus 12 hours of amazing and overwhelming positive influence. Imagine saturating yourself in exactly what you love and believe in for nearly 11,000 minutes. Imagine the power you would feel if you gave yourself the time to really dig into your heart and express yourself. This small 30 minute creativity break will give you that power this year.
When you get an idea, or you find a topic to dwell on, ACT on it. It must be brought to fruition or it will sit in the back of your mind, eventually becoming the topic following the ever-so-popular "I have always wanted to..." statement. We have enough of those; let's make them real this year. It does not need to be executed perfectly, or even close. It just must be executed. Both authors I mentioned above have said one similar thing in regards to generating ideas and acting on them:
- If you want to develop recipes; start tonight with whatever you have in the pantry. Give yourself 30 minutes to create the best dinner from what you already have.
- If you love to write, journal for 30 minutes a day.
- If you are a fan of design, blend your wardrobe and create a style that fits you, and only you. Spend 30 minutes finding inspiration from a DIY or upcycle blog.
Happy New Year!
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