We hear it every year, “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” We may even make them but when it comes to New Year’s resolutions why do we let them drop by the wayside? I am as guilty as the next person. Mine has been “to not make a resolution,” for the past 10 years. Why should we make them if we never keep them? What is the point and does anyone ever keep a New Year’s resolution that they make? The short answer is, “Yes”. It is never too late to make changes in your life if, in fact, change is what you intend for yourself in the new year. Every year we have a new opportunity to start fresh, to make a change and to accomplish goals that we have laid out for ourselves, but, perhaps, have not had the courage to make them a reality. It’s OK to admit this and it’s OK to start fresh even tomorrow. We don’t need to ring in the New Year to make resolutions. We could do them in the next minute. Why delay any further?
One of my favorite quotes is, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” by Albert Einstein. Where there are things in our lives that keep on repeating and the outcome is always the same but never what we have intended, it may be time to interrupt the pattern. Where can we change the patterns and shake things up a bit? In my personal experience, no matter what maps or GPS devices I have at my fingertips I ALWAYS end up walking in the wrong direction and end up late to whatever event or meeting I have scheduled. The other day when I exited the public transit system I arrived on a street disoriented. My instinct was to go left but, instead, I decided to go right because whenever I follow the route I think I should go it is always in the wrong direction. Surprisingly I found that using the method opposite to what I normally used (which always got me lost) took me in the right direction and I arrived at my destination in the nick of time.
This is a very basic example but we all have unfinished goals or things in our lives that we would like to have turn out differently but somehow we keep on going in circles. Where can we interrupt these patterns and try a new method? If Einstein hadn’t followed his advice where would we be in science today? Would he have developed the theory of relativity and gone on to be one of the greatest legends in science?
Are you looking for ideas for resolutions to ring in the New Year? Here are Nutritiongal’s top 7 New Year’s resolutions you may want to add to your list or perhaps to inspire you to come up with your own.
1.) Get a piggy bank and save your loose change every week. After about 6 months take a tally of how much you have collected and treat yourself to a massage or vacation.
2.) Speaking of vacations, is there a place that you have always wanted to visit but somehow it seems like a distant pipe dream? Go to your favorite online travel site and make a booking. You can save the booking without purchasing it. If you start to visualize yourself booking a trip there you may be closer to setting foot in your dream destination.
3.) Is there someone out there who you care about that may not know it? Write them a letter telling them how you feel about them. You don’t have to send it but if you can if you feel inspired. That person may be very surprised and touched by your sentiments. It always feels good to get things off your chest.
4.) Do you fear speaking or singing in public? It’s time to get some friends together and do karaoke. The worst fear that most people have with public speaking/singing is sounding terrible. With karaoke it is expected that people sound terrible and, in fact, it is more fun. When you give yourself a break you may be pleasantly surprised at how good you sound!
5.) Are you stuck in a career that you do not like and wish for a change but, somehow, keep on getting the same kinds of jobs? Start looking in a field that you are passionate about and apply, apply, apply. Don’t have any experience? It doesn’t matter. Persistence will get you everywhere. You may have to start at the bottom for a bit but recruiters are not only looking for resumes. Cover letters that explain your passion and that are written with enthusiasm set your resume apart from the rest. Bosses are looking to hire people who are there for the long haul. Nothing is more frustrating than having to hire someone new and train them all over again. Life is short. Think about where you want to be 5-10 years down the line and if it is the job that you are currently at then bravo! If it not then it may be time for a career change.
6.) Do something that you have never tried before that scares you. It doesn’t have to be something that risks your life but perhaps baby steps. Are you terrified of cutting your hair? Have you ever tried sushi? Did you ever want to learn a new language? I am sure you can come up with even better ones for yourself. Do it!
7.) Are you feeling bored and uninspired in your life? Donate or volunteer at your favorite charity. Personally I like World Vision because they have an online catalogue. You can buy a family a goat or education for a child. In a way, giving is almost selfish because it makes you feel so good about yourself! 🙂
The Nutritiongal wishes you a very happy and healthy New Year! May you be filled with prosperity, joy and inspiration in the coming year!