Happy New 2021
It is a great pleasure to welcome us all to another year, a new year. A year of new beginnings and new things. I am reminded of a quote in one of my favourite books, Ann of Green Gables. “Tomorrow is a new day, with no mistakes in it…yet”. Looking back on the past year, it is possible that you could have made mistakes, financial blunders, errors, wrong assumptions or even unhealthy choices about your lifestyle and health. Now how do you see your tomorrow?
I met a 106-year old man a few days ago. Aside from being a little bent over, he had no hints of chronic ill-health. No diabetes. No high blood pressure. His memory was intact and he could feed himself. Oh wow. I had to ask about his past lifestyle habits. What I learnt further buttressed what is available to us scientifically on longevity. It is clear that his yesterday influenced his ‘tomorrow’. So how do you see your ‘tomorrow’?
I would like to share a few tips with you about how to influence your ‘tomorrow’.
- Firstly, you can change what happens tomorrow. It is important to recognise the potential in your tomorrow. You can decide what comes first. You can decide to give your family and your health priority. You can choose take a leave or even to go on vacation. You can decide to quit that unhealthy habit. It is a matter of choice.
- Write down what you desire for tomorrow. I just love writing and journaling. Scheduling your time and activities tomorrow helps you to be consistent and deliberate.You can write what fruit you are having tomorrow. You can write down the number of exercise minutes or steps you take today to motivate you in the ‘tomorrows’ ahead. It works, trust me.
- Speak into your tomorrow. The year 2020 was crazy I know, but a lot of people built new houses and businesses in the COVID year. Believe it can happen and speak into it not depending on yourself but on the grace of God. When you speak positively, it also creates a positive frame of mind within you. It helps you to be thankful. It prevents you from internalising negative thoughts and fears. This will further reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
- It is important for you to know that the decisions you take today will determine what tomorrow brings. What you eat and drink, whether you move or sit down, whether you connect with loved ones and whether you sleep adequately will determine how healthy you will be tomorrow.
- Lastly, tomorrow is only a day away. It is not a day far off. You don’t have to set out on a long journey to get there. It is here already. So don’t procrastinate. Get ready for the year ahead. Set out your plans and commit them into the hands of God. He will bring it to pass. Love your tomorrow.