2013 isn't about being a better person than last year, you're already as perfect as you can possibly be. 2013 is about becoming more of the person you know you are, it's about finding out how to have a deeper relationship with yourself because in the end that's what really matters; How much you love YOU.
Sometimes we find it easier to appreciate others but we turn to look at ourselves as not being worthy of praise and appreciation in the same manner. but why? It's because we take the things we don't like about ourselvves and focus on those things constantly and then it becomes a habit and naturally because we focus on that life gives us more evidence of what we focus on, but when it comes to someone we love we tend to focus on things that are good about them. Why is that?
I'll tell you why, it's because the feeling of love and appreciation is who you really are and when you look at that other person with those emotions, those feelings... You appreciate them because there are no contradicting thoughts, you give them the benefit of the doubt and look only at the positive things you adore about them.
But, can't you do the same for yourself? Can't you sit down and make a list of things you appreciate to make you feel good and THEN appreciate yourself? Couldn't you condition yourself to get the habit of good feeling instead? Some people think if you constantly try to feel good constantly you're not living in the "real world" as if God's intention isn't good for you.
Before we go any further let me tell you a secret about life..... Are you ready?..... God is Good - Did you see anywhere in that statement that said God is bad? God is everything that is connected with good, so anything that happens outside of good has nothing to do with God, AT ALL. Feeling good is your closest connection to God.
But you may ask, what do I need to do to feel better? Here's an easy way to do it. Find something or someone you really like and focus on that thing. Now, write down (more effective to say it out loud) why you feel so good doing that thing or what are the qualities that just make you love that person so much. Do you think they are attractive, smell good, cute smile, makes you feel comfortable, secure, at ease? It all boils down to how you feel, EVERYTHING is about how YOU feel.
Once you gather that good feeling about how you feel, THEN write down the things you appreciate about yourself. Life is a reflection of how you feel about you.
Have faith in yourself because right now is the only moment that will ever exist - Cherish it.