Only we have an idea. A startling one.
Most people think about starting over. We suggest startling over instead.
Startling over – surprising yourself and others with a fresh view to create positive change.
Here are five tips for startling over:
F the past
Do you want to really startle people? Then F the past.
Forgive them. But don’t stop there. Forget about it.
Give up any and all grudges. Holding on to them holds you back.
Leave the grudges to the losers. You’re a winner!
Oh, one more thing…
This goes for you too. Forgive yourself. God does. Why can’t you?
Learn from your past mistakes. Then forget about them.
Your future is calling. Get on to it.
Startle people – smile at them!
Smile at strangers on the street. Smile at the people in your life.
Smile at their mistakes. Smile at their quirks. Smile at their anger.
Smile. You’ll make people wonder what you’re up to!
Switch it up
Startle yourself and the people around you – switch it up! Do the unexpected.
Take a different route to work. Try someplace different for lunch.
Read a book instead of watching TV. Read fiction instead of non-fiction or vice versa.
Routines can easily become ruts. Ruts are for losers.
You’re a winner. So mix it up!
Startle the people in your life with random acts of kindness.
Call a friend out of the blue. Tell them how much they mean to you.
Contact a mentor, a teacher, or someone else who has had a significant impact on your life. Let them know it.
Buy lunch for that co-worker you often eat with. Can’t afford it? Then buy them a cup of coffee instead.
Bring home a gift for your significant other, even though you haven’t been in a fight and it’s not a special occasion.
Do the opposite
Startle yourself and others by pulling a George Costanza – do the opposite.
This is a particularly useful observation if you’re not happy with some area of your life. In George’s case, it was every area!
Remember – if you continue to do what you’ve always done, the best you can expect is what you already have.
So don’t walk, run. Don’t sit, stand. Don’t think, do.
Do the opposite to shake things up!
Think of one startling thing you could accomplish by the end of this year. Not just anything – something that would really make you stretch.
It may be something you’ve wanted to do for a long time. It could be something that’s just hit your radar.
Go for it! Figure out what it will take to accomplish it.
Then give it your all. You’re a winner. Push yourself to prove to yourself that you can accomplish every thing you dream about. That’s BIGG success!
How will you startle yourself and others this year?
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