1% Better

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

2020 is just around the corner and most of us usually set lofty “New Years” resolutions and I would be willing to bet 80-90% of people who make resolutions never see their resolutions come to fruition. Why do I believe this you might say? Because I have been notorious myself with making these "New Years" resolutions and falling short of sticking with them by January 31st.

This year, I have decided not to make any and take the pressure off myself. Yes, I have goals but they aren’t resolutions. What I have decided to do is be 1% better each day with my family, physical health, and spiritual well-being. I plan to be a little more disciplined, intentional, and engaged in these areas or at least 1% more than I was the day before.

If I am 1% better in these areas each day then by the end of the year I will be 365% better than I was on January 1. Right? 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 It’s a win-win.

So what does this look like to me? I plan to be present with my family when I am with them. Really present, no technology and when I walk through the door they have my full attention. I find my thoughts regularly wondering and focusing on other stuff I need to do or have on my mind when I am with my kids and spouse. They have even told me, “Mom, are you listening to me?” Then I have to refocus and ask them to repeat what they were saying to me. I can definitely do better here.

I plan to invest in my physical heath more each day. That means doing some form of physical exercise at least 3 times a week consistently, parking further away from the grocery store and walking, and pampering myself at least 1-2 times a month with making this a priority. This may be having a favorite healthy treat or going to the spa or getting a pedicure. Physical health isn't just exercise, it means taking care of our bodies on many different levels. I also plan to eat healthier each day and that may mean some days having one less piece of pizza when I really could and want to have 3 pieces. Or maybe drinking 1 more glass of water each day could go a long way with staying hydrated and flushing out unwanted toxins.

I also plan to be more intentional spiritually. To clothe myself in His righteousness each day just like I put on my physical clothes, I will put some form of spiritual clothes on each day before I go out into the world. This will probably be a variety of different things like reading a bible plan, journaling, meditating, memorizing scripture, being still and connecting with God, reading devotionals, and fellowshipping with other like-minded Christians regularly. “Iron sharpens Iron”. Amen!

Being 1% better means being a better version of myself each day but not trying to radically change one area of my life. Yes, I’d love to be a bible scholar instantly and quote scripture like no-ones business, be a size 4 and eat like a bird (I would be so miserable), and really LIVE in the moment each day of my life but I...will.... fall....short. And God knows I will continue break my resolutions and fall off the wagon. But I can be better today than I was yesterday. I can choose to take the pressure off of myself and accept I‘m not perfect but I’m striving to be better. 1% better.

Today, I will challenge you too to be better today than you were yesterday. Think of the areas of your life you may need some improvement and focus on some ways you can put things in place to get better and do better. Just 1% isn’t that much each day but when added up over time it will transform your mind-set, habits, and life. Happy New Year and more importantly Happy New You!

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