10 things you should be doing in 2017

  1. Set Goals

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~ Jim Rohn

I am sure you have heard this time and again, but it cannot be over-emphasized. If you have not been setting goals before now, start now. You will be surprise at how much more you will achieve by just setting goals.

And don’t just keep your goals in your mind, write them down on paper. Make it visible. Make it real. Whatever you do, make sure your goals are realistic. Don’t set impossible goals for, they only stress you out.

2. Read More

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” ― Groucho Marx

It’s a common saying that readers are leaders. This saying has proved true over the years — at least in my own life. With the advent of electronic reading systems, you can learn virtually anything, at anytime and at any place. By reading, you broaden your mind and that will help you every time you have to make a decision. At the decision table, it’s all your skills and your knowledge that is coming to play. The more you know, the better decisions you make.

3. Learn a New Skill

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”- Mahatma Gandhi

Have you ever wondered why some people keep changing jobs even in a system where it is a common saying that there is no job. It’s all for one reason: they’ve got the skills.

Make every effort to learn something new this year. It could mean going advanced in your field or learning something new altogether. If you have a skill of value, the chasing turns the other way round. People will come chasing you down instead of your going after them.

4. Visit Somewhere New

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” — Mary Anne Radmacher

Adventure is part of education. There are somethings you can never learn in the environment you are used to. You can never learn about other people’s culture and values if you have never stayed outside your own people. This year, make an effort to visit a place you have never been to. It will increase your perspective. If you cannot afford traveling outside your country, visit another state or city. Just go somewhere you have never been to.

5. Spend More Time Friends and Family

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” Michael J. Fox

We live in a technological craze. The very tools that are supposed to help human has enslaved them. Gadgets. Don’t get caught in the web of maintaining your relationships at a distance just because you can reach them on phone, or via Skype or Facebook or any such thing. Spend quality time with those who care about you. Like Porter Wagoner said in his song …

“Money can’t buy back your youth when you are old, or a friend when you are lonely, or a love that’s grown cold” Porter Wagoner, A Satisfied Mind

6. Improve Somebody’s Life \ Start a course

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Albert Schweitzer

Little things matter. Improving somebody’s life doesn’t have to be about big things. A story was told about a soldier who saw a little boy staring at snacks in a fast food store. The soldier went into the store, bought a sack-full of snacks and handed it over to the boy. The boy was so confused and didn’t know what to say. He didn’t even know how to appreciate the gift. As the soldier walked away, the little boy ran after him, stopped him and asked, “Excuse me sir, are you God?”

Obviously the boy has been asking God for that. It doesn’t take much to touch somebody’s life. Little things matter.

7. Clean Up Your Digital Dirt

“Sometimes, you don’t know how digitally dirty you are until you google yourself.” — Anonymous

If you want to keep it secret, don’t take it online. There are no secrets as far as the internet is concerned. Then fact that you deleted the indecent picture you uploaded on Facebook does not mean it is no longer on the internet.

When you google yourself, what do you see? Is it something you’d be proud of in ten years time? Is something you’d like your parents or children to see? If it’s something you wouldn’t want somebody that your respect or someone who respects you to see, then begin to clean them up. Delete the ones that you can. But that alone will not solve the problem. Start posting things that you’d rather love people to see. If you keep up with this simple task, with time your digital dirt will ‘vaporize from the internet sea’, and when people check on you, they will only see the clean stuff.

8. Exercise More

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. Thomas Jefferson. 
“Health is wealth” they say. I believe it. Keep your body healthy. A dysfunctional body will limit you. At the very least you should take out time to walk every day; fast brisk walk. Don’t lazy around. Don’t just slouch from your office chair to your car and to your bed.

9. Keep Memories

“Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.” — Bob Dylan

If you don’t keep memories, they are gone forever. Memories become more valuable with time. As time passes, you’ll look at memories of ten, twenty years down the line and you’d be unwilling to trade it for anything. They are a source of joy. It’s easier now to keep memories than ever; take pictures and record videos from your phone. And stop saying “I don’t like taking pictures”, or “I am not photogenic.” You are not using them for a magazine cover, you are keeping memories.

10. Pray More

“Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.” — George Herbert

Pray? Yes pray. Ancient scriptures says in the last days, there shall be scoffers who will mock at anything that represents God. Don’t be a scoffer. Irrespective of what people say, there is a God behind the universe that watches everything. He is willing to hear your voice, and He can hear it even when you whisper.