Aim High, Dream Big: Motivation and inspiration | Local – Yakima Herald-Republic

If I were to ask our readers to share one lesson they learned in 2018, I wonder what would we would hear? I imagine the typical, “Work smarter, not harder” or “I wish I had spent more time with my kids, I can’t believe they are in junior high already!” or even “I wish I would have kept going to the gym.”

Every new year gives us a chance to recalibrate, re-ignite our goals, dreams, and aspirations and make a big juicy plan for the next 365 days. As I write my final column for the year, my wish is to inspire you to do something different, pivot at that challenging conversation, consider a new outcome to an old problem and rethink your journey. Over the past year, I’ve collected inspiring words, quotes from conversations, and motivating ideas in one place so that I could share them on my website. You can see them here first.

Here are a few thoughts from Jordan Peterson’s book, “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” which can be purchased from Inklings Bookstore in Yakima:

• Stand up straight with your shoulders back.

• Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today. (This is quite impactful!)

• Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.

• Assume that the person you are listening to, might know something you don’t.

Other good advice

The rest of the column is advice I’ve given my clients this year, so sometimes it’s a potpourri of advice I’ve heard, reworked, or just added my own twist. So while I can’t quote them fully, I can’t claim them either:

• What you focus on grows, what you think about expands, and what you dwell upon determines your destiny.

• Treat yourself as if you were someone you love.

• Try to go seven full days without complaining. If you mess up, you start over.

• Attend one of your kid’s events and leave your phone in the car. You can do it.

• Listen more, speak less.

• Let them be right sometimes. Your friends, your spouse, your subordinate, your children.

• When life gets hard, don’t wish it to be easier, decide to be stronger.

• Grow through what you go through.

• Every moment you have one decision: Evolve or Repeat.

• Water your mind to grow your soul.

• They told me I am too optimistic. I told them my blood type is to be positive.

My wish for our readers is a prosperous and expansive year of growth and success. Happy New Year, Yakima!

Lexi Mitchell of Listen Up Coaching is a life coach for teens, parents and others. Contact her at [email protected].