As 2013 comes to a close, people around the world are making New Year's resolutions to help the next year even better than the last. Why not make your resolutions even more magical and create a few Disney inspired goals? Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
- Pursue a dream this year. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." (Walt Disney) Kick off 2014 with plans to go after a dream of yours. Maybe your dream is to travel to a new place, write a book, start a business, or pick up a new hobby you've always wanted to try. Whatever it is, dream big and go after it. If you don't start now, when will you?
- Be true to yourself and don't worry what other people think. "The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique." (Walt Disney) This year, stop following the trends or giving in to pier pressure to be someone you're not. Each person is unique and has something special to share with the world. Make a goal in 2014 to be true to who you are and let that shine through.
- Spend more time with your family. "A man should never neglect his family for business." (Walt Disney) Now we all work hard, whether it be a part-time job, full-time career, or school work. But Disney had the right idea that family should come first. No matter how busy 2014 may get, make a goal now and stick with it to spend more time with your family. How does a Disney vacation sound? If that's not in your budget, there are plenty of things you can do at home or in your neighborhood. Family favorites include game night, movie marathons at home, eating out for no particular reason, or going to see the latest Disney film.
- Stay optimistic when things don't go your way. "You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." (Walt Disney) Let's face it. It would be way too easy if everything that happens in 2014 goes your way. Something is bound to happen that may shake your faith in yourself, what you're doing, or what you question who you can really trust. But never loose faith that you can get through it, whatever it is. You may get knocked down again and again, but the experience will make you stronger and force you to pursue other paths you otherwise may not have traveled down.
- Laugh often and with others. "Laughter is America's most important export." (Walt Disney) No matter how serious life gets, laugh. Watch a funny movie or listen to a favorite comedian. Be silly. Do something embarrassing with your friends and family. Every so often, ask yourself, "When was the last time I had a good laugh?" If too much time has passed, you're due for a good laugh.
Whatever you plan on doing in the new year, make it count. Don't be one of the many people who make New Year's resolutions and never follows through. Write down your goals for 2014 and post them in a place where you will see them every day. Stick with it and remember that every day can be magical. You just have to know where to look.
May the new year bring you and your families happiness and many opportunities to create lasting memories.