The holiday’s may be over, but its afterglow is all abounding. Our bellies are full and our hearts are grateful. But we still have one more party to hurdle… ushering in the New Year. Time to reflect, evaluate, and perhaps change.
But do your New Year’s Resolutions seem redundant year after year? Something like; eat healthier? Lose weight? Join a gym? Save more money? Give up all your bad habits?
As if our lives aren’t stressful enough, why must we conclude the year with an endless list of personal promises and lofty goals that are unlikely to be all fulfilled?
Granted, it serves us good to at least write a list of what we hope to accomplish, but who really needs the added pressure of such a dubious pledge? I’m all for reflection and resolution, but doable trumps all.
We all have good intentions of course, but if we’re finding ourselves reaching for repetitive goals every year, perhaps we should tailor them to be more practical. And maybe, just maybe, we’re throwing too many ideas into the pot. Beginning a brand new calendar year can be motivating and yet tempting to re-invent ourselves.
It is improbable that we can fix everything that is lacking in ourselves in one year.
Too often, this is why New Year resolutions fail. Don’t set yourself up for defeat. Avoid making such a long list of impossible dreams. Look to manage stress this year, not create more. It’s a great time to focus on all facets of your life; personal, family, business, etc. and evaluate it thoughtfully.
Prioritize your goals and go after the important ones. Realize what did not work so well this past year and make the necessary improvements. Better to do one thing well, than a lot of mediocre.
STOP making specific resolutions altogether. Simply start living a better life by just doing more.
Here’s some easy ways to start;
- Keep learning more
- Be kind-er than you were last year
- Be more grateful for what you have
- Live a healthi-er life than you did last year
- Smile more
- Laugh often
- Love more
- Be more positive
If this sounds a bit cliche, don’t overlook the significance of these simple and pleasurable objectives. They are attainable. You can of course opt out of any of these, and find your own creative ways to make life better than it was last year.
An overall positive outlook is a great instigator for productive change, and that attitude alone, will inspire you to get closer to your aspirations. If nothing else, striving to be more organized (sorry, couldn’t resist) will provide you with the focus you need to affect this change.
Happy New Year to all! Rejuvenate. Time to turn the page. How are you going to make this next year better?