This year I did not set New Year’s Resolutions on the stroke of midnight. It’s a new decade, and I wanted to try something new. Radical for me.
Resolutions are usually concocted in December each year. Typically resulting from too much festive eating, drinking and spending ridiculous amounts of money. Because it is all going to stop on New Years Day. A fresh start, a new year, a new me ….
Why continue this tradition if only 8% of people accomplish their resolutions? What is the point? I’m certainly not in this positive statistic. Are you?
It is time to set new directions, new dreams. Ones which motivate and inspire. Long-lasting. Yes, it is time to feel good again. Here are 5 resolutions that have longevity;
A Year in a Jar
Start at the beginning of the year, write all accomplishments, achievements, experiences, happy events, lovely compliments and funny moments which occurred.
“Was thrilled to be Jane’s bridesmaid. Maid of Honour! What a fabulous night! My dress fitted like a glove. Just divine. It looked amazing in the photos! My speech was hysterical and I had many accolades afterwards. At the end of the night Jane kissed my cheek and told me we are definitely kindred spirits. Now and forever.“
- Place these notes into a jar.
- It takes a minute or two to write.
On New Year’s Eve open the jar and read all of the amazing experiences from the year. This is a perfect way to reflect and farewell the year that was.
I was amazed at how many happy moments there. I had forgotten some and re-lived others.
Such an enjoyable experience.
Plan your experiences in January
January is the perfect month to plan the year ahead. It is the festive season recovery time.
There are 11 months to schedule long weekends, trips overseas, beach vacations, skiing trips, comedy festivals, music concerts, days at the Tennis. The list goes on and on.
- Take the time to plan what experiences you would like for the year. Making sure there is a variety on your list.
- Check when the public holidays fall, then schedule annual leave around these days. You will be able to maximise your holidays.
Planning ahead will ensure you can get the best prices, discounts and dates. This ensures there is something always to look forward to.
A new hobby this year
Focus on learning a skill with a new hobby. This will help you to venture outside your comfort zone and provide the opportunity to meet different people and be exposed to exciting experiences.
Think about what you enjoy and what motivates you. Then book yourself into classes.
Social media is the perfect medium to find a hobby and your tribe.
It’s essential to block out time in your calendar so that the new hobby is given the time it deserves. That way, you are committed.
Give it a go.
Volunteer this year
Volunteering is the best way to become connected with the local community and give back. It rewards you with a sense of joy and gratitude. Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding.
What’ causes’ are you passionate about? What skills can you use volunteering? How much time can you devote each month?
Perhaps you can volunteer at;
• an animal shelter
• local opportunity shops
As an accomplished swimmer, I volunteer at the local Surf Lifesaving Club, teaching children beach safety and survival skills. This is a passion of mine. In return, it provides me with an incredible network of friends, sharpens my skills and is a way to give back.
Learning this year
It is critical to never stop learning. Expand your mind, think differently, see the world through different eyes and aim to understand it better.
If you are time-poor, why not listen to podcasts? They are fantastic for the commute to work or when you exercise. There are an amazing variety of podcasts available on any topic you can think of.
Aim to read 1 book per month. Devote 30mins each night to reading, you will be amazed at how many books you can get through.
If you prefer to listen to books, Audible is a fabulous platform to access thousands of books. Find it here
These short, powerful talks aim to give you new ideas. Watch as many as you can. TED talks will have you coming back for more. Guaranteed.
To begin with, investigate the most popular TED talks of all time.
Read more about simplifying your life here
Take the opportunity to set yourself up for the year. It’s time to feel good again.
Plan your adventures, long weekends and holidays. Enrol into a new hobby or skill, volunteer and give back to your local community.
Take note of all the positive, happy experiences you have during the year. Place them into a jar to read on New Year’s Eve. You will love reading them.