Eight Realistic New Year’s Resolutions
Every year we make impossible promises to ourselves in the form of New Year's Resolutions, then come Spring, when most or all of our resolutions have fallen by the wayside, we beat ourselves up for the rest of the year. Well this year, I vowed to give myself some actual attainable goals. Here’s 8 ideas that might help you with yours:
Pick Only One BIG thing - Want to lose weight? Stop smoking? Stop drinking? Stop obsessing? Well pick one, and only one thing to let go of. Addictive behaviors are very hard to break, and while it’s commendable that you may have a long list of vices that you wish to eradicate. Accomplishing just one of them completely, will give you the confidence that you need to to make other big changes in your life.
Take Smaller Bites - No, I don’t mean your diet, I mean in your life. Need to get organized? Don’t resolve to organize the entire house, because you’ll get overwhelmed and never do it. Pick one room, then break it into quadrants and attack it that way over a series of days or weekends. That way, you will feel like you’re accomplishing something, and you won’t feel like one of those panicky people on those home makeover shows.
Do Something for Yourself….every day - This one can seem overwhelming as well, especially when our days are crammed full and out inboxes and todo lists are overflowing. Start small. Resolve to take a 10 min break everyday for yourself. Doing whatever you want EXCEPT for work. (Even if you think that’s what you want.) Don't get carried away and let the rest of the day slip by, however, get back in the game after your allotted break.
Go Outside - No. Driving the kids to soccer practice, or running to catch the train doesn’t count. Now if you happen to work outside for a living, then you are one of the lucky ones. But the rest of us who are caught in the office on a computer from sunup till sundown, probably could use a little naturally derived Vitamin D. So go walk around the block or something. In fact, if you’re smart, you can combine this resolution with #4 and make it a win win!
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