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January 2, 2014

Lori Brothers: Embrace your best

Dedicate the new year to finding the remarkable in yourself

NEW CASTLE — Make a resolution to look at what is unique and remarkable about the way you live your life.

You already model these traits even though, sometimes, you can get caught up in the frenzy of getting everything checked off of our list. When are you at your best?

Efficiency is admirable, such as the habit of list-making. Some people don’t make lists at all. They are worse off than those of us who try to keep order in our lives.

If you see someone looking a little disheveled, please be kind. They are probably not a list maker and need your support. Open the door for them. Flash them an understanding smile. Compassion is remarkable. Then thank God, with list in hand, that you’ve made a little order.

Consistency also ranks as noteworthy. Repeated right action that delivers the results you intended is truly remarkable in a world that is moving fast. Are you creating the patterns that support your happiness, health and well-being? 

Regular routines create good habits. The definition of a habit is “a usual way of behaving; something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way,” according to Merriam-Webster. Therefore, good habits rank as remarkable.

A remarkable mind-set is also key to creating new habits or developing the ones that bring out your best. Let go of judgment and guilt. They shadow the remarkable.

Be willing to objectively observe your attitudes and thought patterns. Yank out those underwhelming “mind weeds” that lead to unremarkable living. When it comes to creating good habits don’t set yourself up for failure by attempting weak or rigid attitudes, such as taking the stance of “always” or “never.” This will lead to self-sabbotage.

It is far more effective to develop positive trending in both thought and action. Pay attention to your trends when you are at your best. You’ll know it by the remarkable results. Keep you sight on what you usually do well, and do more of that.

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