Here are some ideas to make 2015 the best year ever!!
Another New Year means more New Year’s resolutions right? How long will they last, 3 months, two months, 3 weeks? Research shows that out of over 40% of Americans that make resolutions every New Year, only 4% actually succeed! Why?
All too often resolutions are made in haste, without a real plan, or even tangible results and outcomes. This year, make a plan, be specific and write it down. Better yet, don’t just make a resolution, make a plan, in black and white… actions steps to follow, a map for each month of the year so-to-speak; after all, the root of the word resolution is resolve, and to resolve means to decide firmly on a course of action.
So, before you “resolve” to lose weight, or to “quit smoking”, “save money” or “improve your relationship with somebody”, make a plan, tangible items, a list that you can “complete”. Here are some ideas of what you might think about including on that list:
1. Expand your thinking with new experiences
Each month of the year for 30 days, commit to doing something new that you have thought about doing, but have not done, and notice how it affects your life. Some possibilities:
Do aerobic exercise for 30 minutes every day. Listen to only positive music. Don’t read the newspaper/watch the news. Stop watching television. Get eight hours of sleep every night. Meditate for 10 minutes a day. Take dance lessons. Write a hand-written thank-you note to someone every day. Plan your next day’s schedule every day and prioritize a to-do-list. Drink 10 glasses of water…. The possibilities are endless!
2. Write one letter a month to people in your life to let them know what they mean to you.
3. Make a commitment to fitness.
Don’t just make a resolution and then join a fitness center that you won’t see after February, make a commitment and build fitness into your schedule. Find support and counseling as well as nutrition and accountability (Hey! That sounds like the new well!)
4. Invest in a bright future.
Start a savings account and commit to adding to it every pay day. Look at it as another bill and make out deposit slips for every payday. Pay that bill just like you do your other bills.
5. Increase your awareness of your thoughts.
Become aware of what leaves your mouth by recording what you say for at least an hour every day for the entire month. Words have power! When you listen carefully to your language, you will know whether or not you are moving with momentum and purpose toward your vision. You will become empowered to purposefully choose language that inspires and empowers you to realize your goals. Holding yourself to a higher standard in your choice of language is key to achieving consistent outstanding results.
6. Get a whole new hairstyle, cut or color.
7. Schedule time with family.
It’s sometimes hard with so many busy schedules, to find time to spend with family. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, schedule time twice a week to play a game, go to the park, have a picnic or go get an ice cream.
8. Plan a trip to a place you have always wanted to go.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t go for five years!! Pick a destination, a date and start planning and saving. Be specific, figure cost and work backward to determine how much per month you will need to save to do this. Then, make a reservation!
9. Schedule a regular date night with your spouse once a week.
We all know how important that time alone is between a husband and a wife, but all too often it gets put on the back burner. If you start now and put it in your schedule, you will be sure to improve your relationship in 2015!
Some other random things to consider putting on your plan for 2015: Clean out your closet/garage and donate what you don’t need to charity. Schedule all of your doctor’s and dentist appointments for the year. Cut up your credit cards. Do something that scares you (step out of your comfort zone).
Whatever your plan is, make it a good one! Put aside some time to plan it and write it down. You may want to consider consulting your spouse and children about it. Whatever you come up with, make it a great year in 2015!