In the previous week, I shared with you the first part of my 20 ways to improve your life in 2020. Today, I’m going to give you 10 more ways to get your life better than it was in 2019. Meanwhile, if you didn’t see last week’s post, definitely check it out right here so that you get the complete package. Now let’s get this show started.
- KEEP YOUR COMMITMENTS
We all have that one person in our circle with whom it is just about impossible to make plans with because they have a reputation for not coming through. If they ever do, it would be because it was convenient for them. Nobody likes people like this. You can’t trust them. In 2020 you should strive to not be that person who disrespects their commitments. If we had to be in the mood to do everything, many things would never get done. Farmers would not plant, doctors would not go to work, and you would not write that book. In 2020, the way to go would be to take action in spite of your feelings and keep your commitments.
2. FOCUS ON CHARACTER
Your character is who you are and you have the power to choose the type of person that you become. It is not a function of your mother, father, or environment. It is all you. If you would like to improve your life in 2020, then the goal should be to build character. Choose to be a person with values, integrity, and virtue. Be the best version of yourself that is possible.
3. APPRECIATE EVERY POINT IN YOUR LIFE
We all have somewhere that we hope to be, whether it is in this life or after it. We don’t need to die and go to heaven before we are happy. You don’t need to wait to buy that brand new sports car to be pleased. You can enjoy the journey that leads up to where you want to be. Enjoy the moments when you have to ride the bus. Enjoy the days of your singlehood, before you’re married. Enjoy school while you’re in it. Don’t wait to overcome everything that needs to be overcome to be happy. You’re not going to be at one bus-stop forever. The bus moves. So, appreciate every step of the way to your destination.
4. RECOGNIZE THAT NOBODY OWES IT TO YOU TO BE NICE
I was on my way to see my grandmother about two years ago and was looking for somewhere to buy airtime for my journey. I saw a young lady sitting under a large umbrella beside the road which is typically the type of setting for someone who was selling recharge cards here in Nigeria. I walked up to her, greeted her, and in the nicest, gentlest voice, asked her if she sold recharge cards. I had not seen someone so angry with politeness like this in a long time.
“Do I look like I sell recharge cards?” she yelled, rolled her eyes and looked away from me. I can’t recall whether or not I responded with a, “You don’t have to shout”, but I remember walking away and feeling so unhappy. She could’ve just said no.
Everyone is going to one day receive bad attitude from somebody else. Their actions would be wrong for sure but you must recognize that they don’t owe it to you to be nice. As a matter of fact, it would be naïve to expect people to always be nice to you. People have their personal lives and chances are that you’ll catch them at a bad time one day like I did with the lady on the side of the road. She was probably frustrated from sitting there all day with no customers and when she finally thought money had come, I was asking for something she didn’t sell. That could have been exasperating. Of course, I didn’t come to this wise conclusion all by myself. My dad was there to soothe the fires. However, on a more serious note, if your happiness depends on how nicely people treat you, you’ll be disappointed too many times.
5. STOP APOLOGIZING FOR BEING YOU
As an avid YouTube watcher, I have observed a trend of people apologizing for things that they had a right to do such as; choosing not to use makeup in their videos, laughing too hard, taking off their wigs, it’s crazy. This one YouTuber moved her wig farther away from her hairline because it was too tight and was causing her a headache, and she had to apologize to her viewers for not fully wearing her wig. Interestingly, things like this happen in real life. Some people apologize so much that it’s as though they’re begging to just be given a chance because they’re not good enough. Offering an apology is fantastic when you have wronged someone but apologizing for being who you are or for wanting to make yourself more comfortable is not proper. It expresses very little self esteem. Don’t do that in 2020!
6. CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW
It could be through watching some videos, listening to audio files, reading books, or taking a virtual class. Whichever way you choose, just ensure that you are learning something new in this New Year because knowledge is power.
7. VALUE YOUR TIME
So, life is our greatest gift right? Well, life is measured in time which means that if you waste your time, you waste your life. You only get one life to live and you only have 24 hours in a day but you don’t know exactly how many years you have to live. Knowing this, you should value your time so much more because you lose your life or your time and you don’t get it back. Stop procrastinating, and putting your time into unfruitful ventures like watching shows that do not enhance your inner man. Live with intention.
8. BE SINGLE MINDED
I want you to think of one major thing that you would like to see happen in your life in 2020. Maybe you want to stop complaining or worrying. This is not to say you’re not going to have other goals or expectations for the year. I just want you to have one major goal that you focus on and conquer first, before you take on something else. Be diligent about it. Even if it is the only thing you achieve this year you know you achieved something. This is better than taking on too many things to accomplish and realizing none.
9. FIND AND PURSUE YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE
Every human being on earth has a purpose which he has to discover to fulfill. You can’t judge whether or not your life has been successful if you do not know your purpose. To discover your purpose in life, if you do not already know it, I recommend reading Rick Warren’s A PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE. It is a powerful book and would give you an insight to what your purpose in life is.
10. INVOLVE GOD
My final but definitely not the least way to improve your life in 2020 is to involve God. I believe that one of the biggest life hacks would be to walk through life with the one who created life itself, the one who calls the shots. If you choose to walk with him in this year, I can assure you that whatever happens to you, good or bad, ALL would work together for your good. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (King James Version, Rom.8.28). If you would like to involve God in your life in 2020, you’ve made a fantastic decision. Start your journey with this prayer;
My father in heaven, I believe you sent your son Jesus to die on my behalf, and you raised Him from the dead for my justification. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord! Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Saviour and forgive me of all my sins. I am glad that with this prayer and confession,
my sins are forgiven, I am now born again and I have eternal life! Thank you Father for saving me. In Jesus name, Amen!
If you prayed the prayer above, welcome to the family of God. I recommend that you join a bible believing church in your area to fellowship with other Christians. This year is going to be amazing for you, to the glory of God.
We’ve come to the end of this two-part series. Thank you so much for reading. I would like to know which of these tips you would be incorporating in your life in 2020. Hopefully, all of them. Let’s talk in the comments section below, I would love to hear what you think on the subject. Till next week, PEACE!