With the new year approaching, the age-old practice of making positive resolutions may be prodding you. Though I don’t really make the typical resolutions, I do believe it’s important to assess our lives and make change where change is due. It’s not about what you promise yourself you’ll accomplish, but what you actually act on that makes real life-change happen. So, in some cases, we are better off setting achievable personal goals that will be worked toward all year long.
Rather than investing in a gym membership that you’ll likely only use until February 1st, I recommend choosing some inner journey goals that work on your mindset. Building a positive mental outlook will, in turn, help you achieve other important goals like fitness and health. To give you some ideas, here are a few of my top New Year’s resolutions.
New Year’s Resolutions #1: Avoid Negative Influences
In our modern world, there are so many negative influences that can be detrimental to both our physical and mental health. From junk food to alcohol to excessive social media, it’s easy to fall into the trap of repeated bad habits. All of these things can have an impact on how you function in every area of your life.
Avoiding some temptations can be difficult as so many social situations involve these negative influences. However, surrounding yourself with supportive people can help you to get back on the right track and not just in January but for life. Consider this kind of support for various problems and addictions. Groups like partner support counselling can give you the opportunity to make resolutions with the added bonus of extra help from a trained professional.
New Year’s Resolutions #2: Practice More Self Care
Many of us don’t find the time to take care of ourselves due to long work hours and family life. However, it’s important to always put yourself at the top of your to-do list, otherwise, you won’t be any good for anyone else. Perhaps, making it a resolution that has specific actions attached to it will help you to practice self-care consistently.
Self-care is more than taking a hot bath occasionally. It’s also about treating yourself with respect in your relationships, work-life, and within your own mind. For example, many people find it difficult to say no to others and end up with a life imbalance that hurts us. Sometimes this happens because we don’t believe we deserve care and happiness. Setting boundaries and gaining the necessary confidence to respect yourself more will carry you far with all other goals and dreams in the coming year.
New Year’s Resolutions #3: Be Grateful
Being grateful is one of the most crucial things you can do if you want to change your life. Consider how different things could be if you didn’t complain or judge everything to be bad or good. The practice of gratitude changes you from the inside out, as you focus on the positive of all that is in your life. And, yes, this includes situations that seem bad or challenging. The truth is, we don’t know the big picture always, so it’s impossible to judge accurately. Gratitude takes the place of always wanting more in order to be happy. You are happy despite what’s happening or what you have.
With focus and determination, the above intentions can help you start the new year off in the most positive way possible. I believe you will be surprised at how other things start to fall into place and become easier. Happy Holidays!