It’s that time of the year again and I’m sure many of you are gearing up for 2016. Have you thought about your New Year’s resolutions yet? Are they the same as last year’s? Why not think of a few easy and different tasks to add to your resolution list that will improve your life from the inside out?
Here’s a few suggestions to help you have a great you. The goal is to make them stick so that you can make new goals for 2017!
This needs to be intentional. Whether it’s having your favorite coffee in the morning or going for a quick run for the much needed endorphins, do it. Nobody else will be able to help you stay positive but yourself. It’s amazing to see how some people conjure drama into their work lives when we should really be avoiding conflict. This coming year is not the year for that. Make an effort and you will see how being happier attracts success.
If you’re like me, and you have “Be Healthier” on your resolution list every year, try doing something different. Sign up for some classes, meet a friend to walk home from work, or take up something you’ve always wanted to try. Learning to kickbox or ballet dance will keep you feeling healthy, happy, and confident that you can take on anything!
I cannot overemphasize the importance of reading. There is a long list of great leaders who credit their success to reading. In our day and age, there is no shortage of material to read. This year though, take the time to really focus on what you are reading and relish the art on the pages. Instead of picking up the TV remote, pick up a book. It’s the cheapest and fastest way to travel, a great way to pick the brains of others, and the most adventure you’ll have without leaving the comfort of your home.
You hear this often. You probably say it too. “I just don’t have time.” This year will be a great opportunity to turn things around and up your time management skills. There is an abundance of tools you can install on your smartphone or other devices to keep you on track. More type A people should try to delegate. Remember that your success here will enable you to say one day, “I’ve done everything I ever wanted to do in life.”
You have thousands of people in your online social network but really, how many of them do you actually connect with in person on a regular basis? Translate your very active social network activity into meaningful in-person interactions.
I’ve always wanted to learn how to make sushi. Do you have a similar dream? Schedule it today! With today’s technology, there are so many online courses you can take as well. I always say learning is something nobody can take away from you.
I’m pretty sure you recently walked into the mall to buy your Christmas gifts and found something you’ve always wanted but never really had the cash for it. Now is the time to plan and save up to buy it. This is also a good habit to develop so that you can practice working towards a larger goal.
This is my favourite pick-me-up. It’s very fulfilling and plus it’s a great way to network. Find causes or events that you are passionate about and donate your time. Do you want to level it up? Grab your friends and volunteer together. You’re not only doing a good deed, you’re also having fun with it.
So many people focus on giving during the holiday season, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if you can do it throughout the year. Try do something unexpected and wonderful for someone in your life on a regular basis. It will make you feel great and remind your loved ones that you care about them.