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Every day of your life is a new beginning...

You can make daily resolutions, not just New Year resolutions - any day is suitable for

making them, with feelings of happiness and anticipation that great and beautiful things will happen.

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Text: Lyndsay Jensen

Regardless of your circumstances, begin every day of the year with a smile, hope and expectation. You are not cheating yourself because if you persevere, this attitude will make you more positive and happy.

How do you do this?

Every day, restate your goals and decisions for your new, happy and successful life. At the same time, be open to new ideas and opportunities and ways to achieve your goals. So often, people make New Year resolutions but either does nothing to carry them out or start and then quit. This creates feelings of frustration, unhappiness and failure.

You don't have just one opportunity to decide or achieve a goal. But, if you fail to carry them out, you don't need to wait for the beginning of the following year. Instead, you can make a new resolution every day, and you can start again every day if you failed in your first, second or even third attempt.

There are no limitations on making new decisions and forming new goals, and there are no limitations on when to begin doing new things. Every day is suitable for making a resolution and a new beginning.

The question is whether you carry through what you decided and promised. This is most important. What's the use of making decisions and promises but not following them through? For example, do you make New Year Resolutions? If you do, do you try to carry them out? If you begin to carry them out, do you persevere until you accomplish them? It is simple and easy to make New Year resolutions or any other decision at any other time of the year. Often, they are made in response to some emotion. However, people soon lose motivation and enthusiasm and continue living the same life without improving themselves.

This is why you need to make resolutions and repeat them every day. It is not enough to state them just once when the New Year begins. It would be a good idea to write them down on a clean sheet of paper and hang it somewhere that you can see them. Or on your smartphone, so you can see them, read them, and think about them every day. You need to repeat your resolutions every day, with belief and faith, and be willing to do whatever is necessary to accomplish them.

"Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be." - Marsha Petrie Sue

It would help if you kept expecting success, happiness and health, no matter what circumstances you live in. This attitude will trigger your subconscious mind to help you and motivate you.

You might wish there was some magic pill to help you carry out your decisions, promises and goals. There is, and it comes from you! Your motivation, persistence, willpower and self-discipline. These powers within yourself will change your life and make them interesting, happy, and fulfilling.

I know this works as we celebrate four years since I started The International this month. This was a New Year's resolution and dream of mine to support all internationals by having a soft landing. I wanted every international to feel welcome in Denmark, feel they had somewhere to belong and share this wonderful country of Denmark that we have all adopted. Thank you to a fantastic team that started with two members and now has over 30 people involved in helping me with the vision. So, keep reading/following us, and remember, dream big – and perhaps you will have something that starts as an idea as part of your resolution and one day manifests into something bigger.

Happy birthday to us!

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