I’m not a person that makes a list of New Year’s Resolutions, but mostly because my birthday is in the middle of January. Before my birthday I reflect on the year before what was the good and the bad. I ask myself, in what areas of my life do I want to improve? I usually write a letter to myself on what I want to do in the following year and how I’m going to be successful. I always have some very broad goals. For example, focus on my health and build better relationships with my family and friends, etc. Then I break them all down and get very specific. For example, last year I was more consistent with my workouts although I did get sidetracked through the holidays. This year I want to go from three days a week to four and add lifting weights to one of those days. I look at my family members and friends and I realize I might not have been as invested in the relationship as I should have been; I may want to spend more quality time with some and for others, I think of acts for kindness or things we could do together. This letter can get very long and very detailed. I usually have my phone so I can add things to my “to do” list or schedule an event on my calendar. By the end, I really do feel like I’m ready to take on the next year!
I thought it would be fun to see what others picked for their resolutions and some ideas of how to keep at them. Here are some of the interesting articles I found:
I loved this – BE KIND! Think how the world would change if we all made this decision! If you think about it, kindness is everything. Love, of course, is everything, too. But unlike love, which is something that strikes or that we grow or fall into, kindness is something that we choose. Unlike love, we can practice kindness. We can practice kindness even when we feel decidedly unloving.
A packet of seeds costs a few cents and in a couple of months and a warm windowsill you can have your own salad leaves or the start of something far more impressive like tomatoes, squash or beans in mid-spring.
Here are some inspirations for your own resolutions:
This one is great: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book, write a good one.” Brad Paisley
Pick up a book.
Reading is good for your brain, but health professionals say that the hobby can also enrich your social skills. “People who read fiction may understand people better than others,” cognitive psychologist Keith Oatley explained to CNN. “A work of fiction is a piece of consciousness that can pass from one mind to another and that reader can make it their own.”
Set Some Goals and Stick To Them!
Find An Accountability Buddy or Group
It’s so much easier to accomplish a goal when you have a good support system. This year, find a friend or family member who has a similar resolution; you can rely on each other for accountability and support while making memories and accomplishing goals. Or consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers committed to eating healthy lunches at work. Having someone to support you through your struggles and successes will make your good intentions much more likely to stick.
Choose to have a great 2018! Happy New Year!
January 3, 2018
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