This month’s element – ATTITUDE – ended up being more difficult to define than I originally thought it would be, especially when it came to coming up with specific task goals.
The dictionary definition of attitude is “a way of thinking reflected in one’s behavior”, so in essence, reflecting on one’s attitude requires a certain degree of mindfulness.
In general, I have not been dissatisfied with my ATTITUDE. I have always been a pretty positive person and have become even more so after becoming a mama. I truly believe that when you position yourself to think with positivity about something that everything is much easier. However, there is always room for improvement in life, and in the end, I came up with the following goals to work on.
My 8 daily resolutions for ATTITUDE are:
- Have a morning routine: stretch
- Do not procrastinate: take action
- Work on Picture Parenting
- Limit complaints
- Be less anxious: write down an anxiety and put it away
- Practice gratitude: 1 thing I am grateful for
- Stretch past my limit
Having a baby to take care of round the clock has certainly taken a hit on my ability to have any sort of exercise routine, but I hope to incorporate a morning routine of a few stretches just to awaken my muscles and start the day feeling more relaxed. I also intend to take action every day, which means that important tasks are completed as a priority, ideally immediately, and without procrastination. I think I have a tendency to procrastinate at times, especially when it comes to major tasks that I have anxieties about, and so I am constantly having to remind myself about this flaw in my attitude. As with last month, I’ll continue keeping up with my daily Duolingo lessons since it is ultimately important for me to learn basic Russian so I can keep up with my multilingual children. I will also continue to work on my passion project. And although I don’t think I am a bad complainer, I want to shun any sort of negativity wherever possible. Over the years, I have become much more zen (again, especially after becoming a mama), but anxiety is still a major part of my personality. I haven’t, thankfully, had any stifling anxiety in a while now, but I still find it difficult to sleep at night when I have something on my mind that I am worried about or that I know needs to get done. So to be less anxious, I will write that anxiety down and put it away. Gratitude is always beneficial to maintaining a positive attitude so I will also count one stand-out blessing each day. And finally, to really push myself I intend to stretch past my limit … in essence, when at the end of the day I feel like being lazy, to rethink the easy way out and gently ask myself if I have the energy to complete one more thing.
My weekly resolution for ATTITUDE is:
I have not practiced actual meditation for a while and so I aim to do so at least once a week. I will also write a longer journal entry summarizing the things I am grateful for weekly.
My specific goals for ATTITUDE are:
- Bury the past once and for all
- Limit social media
There are some things in life that I still carry unresolved anxiety or resentment about and I intend to write about these things to bury them once and for all. And as difficult as it will be, I will try my best to limit my time on social media as it is such a time killer.
I hope that at the end of the month I can say that my ATTITUDE has become even better than before!