“We aren’t talking about a complete overhaul here. Here’s my thoughts on changing: major change happens by starting small and allowing those small changes to alter how we think and react. Only when those small changes become our default will the larger changes begin to show.”
Well, it’s that dreaded time of year again: Resolution Time!
For some it is a humorous exercise in the futility of our schedules and routines. For others it is the hopeful chance to start fresh. “New Year, New You” is a popular and hopeful phrase that gets thrown around a lot this time of year. Whether you want 2018 to look a lot like your 2017 or you need it to look very different, resolutions can be a helpful start to what we want our lives to look like.
Maybe you’ve got a great grasp on coming up with your resolutions and following through. If so, great! Good luck and make sure to pass on your wisdom to your friends (we can all use it this time of year). However, if your New Year’s Resolutions look more like a wish list than a check list I’ve got a few ideas for you.
Try doing one in each category:
1. Add something that brings value to your life.
Begin doing something that spends time on YOU. Maybe it’s based in education, relaxation, or other areas but do it because you want to and it is helpful. Read more, learn a new skill, take a morning walk, listen to a helpful podcast, the list is endless.
2. Remove something that will add value to your life simply by removing it.
Don’t go crazy here. We get overwhelmed by trying to do too much in this area. If you eat steak 5 nights a week it’s probably going to fail miserably to decide to go vegan for 2018. If something benefits you by removing it from your life then removing it in any degree will be beneficial so start with removing that soda at 2 pm instead of eliminating caffeine altogether on January 1 (because I bet that coffee on January 2 will taste awfully good).
3. Do something that adds value to the lives of others.
This may be the easiest to implement but the most difficult to make a habit because it is centered around others and any time we remove ourselves from the focus there will always be a tendency to pull back once the conditions aren’t ideal any more. Start small here too. You don’t have to volunteer for 20 hours a week. It may end up there once that becomes part of your life, but start with small habits. Personally, when I’m having a bad day I do my best to find ways to compliment others to brighten their days. It (hopefully) makes someone else’s day and helps me to keep my life in perspective.
We aren’t talking about a complete overhaul here. Here’s my thoughts on changing: major change happens by starting small and allowing those small changes to alter how we think and react. Only when those small changes become our default will the larger changes begin to show.
Happy New Year. I hope 2018 is everything you hope it will be!