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change your life2010 is just around the corner and it’s that time of year when it just feels good to clean up, clear out, and start something new. This year it’s even more exciting as we’re entering a new decade*.

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions, yet? This year you can make your pledges for an entire decade, rather than just one lousy year. Think big and think positive. It’s time to change your life.

If you are not sure what to do with your life or how to pursue your goals, look around. There are plenty of things to give you inspiration. They can support you in making meaningful New Year’s resolutions. But try not to cram everything into a single year. Take your time and focus on what’s most important now.

Start with Yourself

change your lifeYou have probably seen this illustration before. It’s been going around in chain letters for many years. The story is a little different each time, but the essence remains the same: Your life is like a jar. You have a limited capacity, so use it wisely.

Large stones first. They represent the important things in your life: family, health, friends, passions. If everything was lost and only these remained, your life would still be complete.

Pebbles fit into the holes between. These are all other things that matter: your job, possessions, responsibilities.

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Sand fills up the remaining space. It’s the small stuff, which mainly fits into two categories: errands and maintenance. Imagine you started with the sand, there would be no room left for the things that matter.

The essence is to pick the right priorities. Life is about joy and happiness. What does that mean for you? Is your jar full of sand and pebbles? Is there room for improvements?

Finally, you’ll find that no matter how full your jar is, there is always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.

Turn to People

The best way to find inspiration is to watch people. Who do you admire, why do you admire them, what can you learn from them? The internet is a fantastic resource. People all over willingly share their success stories or what matters to them. This is where you can learn and find ideas for your own life. Here are some examples:

TED – Ideas worth spreading

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TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. These three fields were the subject of a conference, which gave rise to many more conferences around the world and the TED website, which features videos talks from people with great ideas.

You will find talks from Richard St. John about success, Daniel Libeskind about architecture, Stephen Hawking about the universe, Al Gore about the climate crisis, and many more.

World of Inspiration

life inspiration

Nothing expresses universal truths and human wisdom better than a good quote. At World of Inspiration you can browse quotations by category. Discover wise thoughts that have been made long before your time.

TIME Magazine’s 25 Best Blogs 2009

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Blogs are possibly the best resource for inspiration because this is where people share their stories, skills, and secrets on a regular basis. Find teachers, role models, critics, poets, or geeks. Witness how they grow and benefit from their experience.

Earlier this year I wrote an article about 5 Websites To Help You Become a Happier Person 5 Websites To Help You Become a Happier Person 5 Websites To Help You Become a Happier Person Read More . Among them were three blogs: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, Think Simple Now by a group of writers, and Zen Habits by Leo Babauta.

After all, Happiness is what we strive for in anything we do.

Return to Yourself

Having gathered inspiration and ideas, it’s time to imagine the life you would love to live. And then change your life. ONE. STEP. AT. A. TIME.

I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change

Man In The Mirror (1988)
Written by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard
Interpreted by Michael Jackson

What do you anticipate for your jar in 2010? Will you be doing something exciting, something challenging, something entirely new? Please share in the comments!

*I appreciate your geeky comments. Please keep it friendly.

Image credits: artM, LazySunday

  1. Mike Brewer
    December 28, 2009 at 4:42 am

    I like the bit on - start with yourself. It reminds me of Gandhi's - Be the change you want to see in the world. In essence you have have to start with you and set joy and happiness as the chief aim. If you keep that front and center - even in times of adversity - you will be all the better.

    Looking forward to the decade to come!

  2. designfollow
    December 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    thank you for the great tips.

    very useful.

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