Happy Birthday; Another Year Older and I Feel Younger Than Ever

Eight reflections to improve your life.

The words “Happy birthday” always trigger mixed emotions. The texts and Facebook notifications remind us that others care, but also remind us we are not getting any younger.

As children, birthday parties were the best day of the year. As young adults, birthdays marked life’s milestones. At 16, we get our driven license. At 18, we can vote. At 21, we can legally drink alcohol in a bar.

At 48, we get reading glasses and Rogaine.

With age also comes wisdom. We reflect on lessons learned and can be mindful of how we got where we are and where we want to want to go in the future.

Each day, I work towards my personal mission statement to “become the best version of myself and have the maximum impact on others.

1. Block out time for yourself

2. Continue to do what you love

3. Laugh at yourself

4. Value the precious time with your children

I will always be my children’s biggest cheerleader. I express my unconditional love watching them in sports, music, dance, and academics. I never want my children to feel pressured to win. I want them to find their passion and have the tenacity to fulfill it. The outcome is irrelevant.

5. Learn to deal with criticism

6. Achieving your dreams requires consistent effort

Success is grueling work. Effort. Repetition. Delayed gratification. We sacrifice now for a theoretical reward in the future. Most of us lack the grit to achieve the life of our dreams.

Whether or not we achieve the goal does not matter. Along the way, we grow and become better versions of ourselves.

Here is how my daughter reminded me how to live life without regret.

7. Find a mentor and follow their path

No matter your goal, identify someone who can show you the way. Study their success. Retrace their steps and replicate their actions. Never fear swimming in unknown waters. Follow the path of those who swam before you.

Ask questions. Listen. Learn.

8. Work to become a better leader

2020 has been a tumultuous year challenging all of us physically, mentally, and spiritually. Leaders were suddenly thrust into crisis management as every sector in all industries felt the COVID-19 fallout. No one was immune to the viral effects.

Each birthday is an opportunity to reflect back on our lives. Learning from the past allows us to move forward. Past decisions lead us to our present moment.

Our actions today determine our future.

Let our birthdays be a reminder of what is possible.

Thank you to ILLUMINATION for publishing this article on Medium.

Blog Author: Dr. Jeff Livingston 

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