Ok, so we are a few days into February and how many of you are still keeping to your resolutions? How many of you made resolutions? How many of you know what a resolution means? If you are a little confused about it go look it up and I’ll wait right here until you are done…
….you’re back already? What did you find? Well according to Dictionary.com one of the definitions for Resolution is a decision or determination. So what decision did we make for this year? To save more money. To eat better. To finally start using the treadmill that’s sitting in the corner of the basement.
Somehow we all have the notion that a resolution has to be this grandiose idea that you have to let everyone know on social media. We feel that if we put it out there others will hold us accountable for it and we have to stick to it. Friends, that is not the case. The resolutions that we make are for ourselves and not for others.
I used to make big resolutions like the ones listed above, but things changed when I became a parent. I realized that, while it’s good to be healthier and wiser with your money, the main thing you need to do every year is be better than you were the year before. You do not have to change much about yourself if you just try to do a little better.
That is my resolution every year: Do better.
So what does this mean?
Well, to me it means to be there more for my children every day. I recently started working two jobs and I can be pretty tired during the week, but instead of focusing on being tired, I refocus the energy that I have towards my children. Whether it’s reading a few books with them after school of just being silly with them in the house until we fall down from laughing too hard. I want their memories of their dad to be good ones, not “dad was always too tired to play with us”.
I need to do better with the world around me. I know I can not change every problem that is going on in the world right now, but I can change what is going on around me. I can smile more to the people I pass on the street as I walk to work. That one smile can really change a person’s day. Try it out sometimes, just smile and say hello to people.
We have to remember that we are our children’s role models as parents and we have to set a good example for them. If our children see us trying a little harder every day to improve the world around us, they too will grow up with that mentality. I would love if my children never stopped doing better their entire lives and always striven to be better than they were the day before.
Just imagine how much our children can accomplish if we showed them how to do better.
So, if your diet plan is not working out like you thought it would or your lack of saving more money is also looking bleak, just focus on what you can do for yourself and try doing that a little more each day.