Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
-George Bernard Shaw
New Year’s resolutions presents us an opportunity to make new goals with purpose to grow and experience life in the new year.
Here are some good ideas to consider adding to your New Year’s Resolution:
I. Be Healthier.
I totally regret eating healthy and exercising today.
-Said No One Ever.
Quit bad habits. Adopt good ones. Drink less alcohol. Quit smoking. Sleep more. Eat better. Lose weight. Exercise. Meditate. Work out an hour a day- it’ only 4% of your day.
II. Make a Bucket List.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Sky dive. Get your motorcycle license. Go scuba diving. Run a marathon. Experience life. Make a together list with your significant other or a friend, to have fun and create great memories together.
III. Put More Money in Your Pocket.
It’s not your salary that makes you rich, it’s your spending habits.
-Charles A. Jaffe
Eliminate debt. Increase assets. Invest. Max out retirement accounts. Get a better job. Spend less, save more.
IV. Travel More.
I just wanna go on more adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with people. Learn new things. Grow.
Go someplace new. Meet new people. Make new friends. See new places. See a natural wonder.
V. Work on Self-Growth.
Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.
Be more positive. Work on emotional intelligence. Develop a morning ritual.
VI. Read More.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.
-George RR Martin
Read more books and learn from the lives of others. Even a few pages or a chapter a day is better than none.
VII. Learn a New Skill.
All the top achievers I know are life-long learners. Looking for new skills, insights, and ideas. If they’re not learning, they’re not growing and not moving toward excellence.
Learn a new language. Learn to play guitar. Take a public speaking course. Get a new hobby. Learn something new to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone.
VIII. Get Organized.
If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.
Plan. Prioritize goals. Declutter. Get rid of stuff you don’t need. Donate. Have a garage sale. Organize your life.
IX. Write More.
Journal what you love, what you hate, what’s in your head, what’s important. Journaling organizes your thoughts; allows you to see things in a concrete way that otherwise you might not see. Focus on what you think you need to find in your art.
Keep a gratitude journal or a diary, for reflection and expression, to learn and to grow.
10. Help Others.
A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.
Help out a family member or a friend. Volunteer. Help a stranger. Give more.
It might be useful to keep in mind the 21/90 rule: It takes 21 days to make or break a habit, and 90 days to make it a part of your lifestyle.
Happy New Year!