Question the rules. You don’t know if they are really the rules. Someone made them up for some reason, or someone interpreted what they think the rules are. Those rules may not even exist, other than by urban legend. Ask before you follow.
Find your joy. Even in the bleakest circumstances, you can find something to smile about – IF you look for it. And, even if you don’t feel it, others around you need it. Give yourself and others a reason to smile.
Celebrate the small things. The little things in life give us a reason to get through the day: an awesome cup of coffee, and up-close parking space, a sprinkle of hope with a new work assignment. Each little thing in your day offers a new opportunity to have a party (vs. a pity party).
Be exceptional. Make a choice to add your unique perspective to each new undertaking. Only you can bring yourself, the incredible you, to every opportunity presented you. Even if others don’t appreciate you, you can bring value.
Be the light. It can be as easy as thanking someone. What a incredible gift to give thanks, unsolicited. How many times does someone say thank you to you? If your answer is rarely, then you can break the cycle. Make it a habit to change your world by giving thanks for the unnoticed actions of others at least once a day – someone opening a door, or moving to give you a place at the counter, or for smiling when others are self-absorbed.
As we ring in the New Year, I wish for you that your dreams take flight in 2017, and go BEYOND the moon and back.