"88% of people who make a New Year’s Resolution will fail."
I found that statistic online so you know it has to be true! That number may or may not be accurate but I can attest that I've never accomplished a "New Year's Resolution" in my life. NEW YEAR NEW YOU am I right?!?
Let me tell you something, I hate New Years. Not only is it my least favorite Holiday but getting used to writing a completely different year on all of my documents is a real pain in the butt! Not only that but it’s incredibly easy to fall into the trap of retrospect and regret. Why is it we only focus on what we didn't accomplish? I'm here to help you avoid falling into the New Years trap. No regrets! New Year, same you! And because New Years Resolution's are impossible to ignore, here are 10 New Year’s Resolutions you should actually make for the New Year:
10. Make Time for Something You Enjoy Doing.
There are a million excuses not to make time for your hobbies. Something changes to your spirit and to your outlook on life when you take time to do something you love. It doesn't matter if it's a physical activity or something like painting or writing, make it a priority and start doing it regularly.
9. Stop Being So Polite.
Stop being so polite at work, at home, and with your friends and family. Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself and rattle the cage. Don’t be afraid to speak up, say no, or ASK FOR A RAISE! You have to be your own advocate and by standing a little taller and not agreeing to do everything, you will be able to manage your outcomes better. (Not to mention you will be so much happier!) It’s ok to say no, honestly.
8. Be a Weirdo.
Be authentic! Stop trying to fit in or impress anyone and be a weirdo. When I say “weirdo” I don’t mean Steve Urkel, I mean don’t be afraid to be different. I think sometimes we try so hard to fit in or liked that that we dull our lights. Stop doing that! You should never have to alter or hide your personality. Obviously sometimes you have to play the game and put on a happy or brave face but don’t do it with your friends or family. Take me or leave me.
7. Clean Your Potty Mouth.
I was at a family bbq yesterday and there were two little kids there. One was in 5th grade and one was in 7th and they went on a tirade about why it was ok for them to have a potty mouth. It made me think how I need to stop using the beloved F word and just clean up my potty mouth. It’s trashy and it’s unnecessary. And it’s much more impactful if you save it for special occasions.
6. Take Care of Your Mind.
INVEST IN YOURSELF! I can’t tell you how important it is to push yourself to understand what makes you uncomfortable. Listen to podcasts or Ted Talks during your commute, stop watching to much trashy TV, vow to read a book a month, or just find a way to meditate. Find ways to take care of your mind. Learn a new language, take up new skills, invest in people who are thinkers or who challenge your views, and invest in yourself.
5. Make Some Sort of Change.
It doesn’t matter if it’s cleaning out your closet or cleaning out your Facebook friends, make some sort of change. Small specific goals are best but continue to de-clutter and make changes every month. Try breaking a habit.
4. Do Something That Scares the Crap Out of You.
You are limitless. There is nothing hold you back, the time will never be right, and you will never be ready. Do something you’ve always wanted to try or something you never thought you could. It will change your life and the way you live it.
3. Go On A Trip.
If you haven’t gone out of the country, make that happen. If there is some place you’ve always wanted to go, start taking the steps to make it happen. Go on a trip, see the world, make a difference, and be the change you wish to see in the world. There is no time like now. No excuses, make it happen.
2. Un-subscribe to All the Spam Emails.
I don’t know about you guys but I get dozens of spam emails. Every once and a awhile I will spend the morning unsubscribing and there is no better feeling in the world. Don’t have any New Years Eve plans? Just lay in bed and unsubscribe to all the annoying spam emails.
Running is for everyone but in my opinion, most important for people who hate running. There are a million reasons why you should start running (CLICK HERE for 15). I promise after a few weeks it stops sucking and hurting and starts to become fun! It's addictive! And it's great for your mental and physical health. Run because you aren’t going to be able to run forever. Take advantage of your mobility. Give it 1 month. Just 4 weeks. If you still hate it then do something else.
New Years Resolution's are just a reminder that though another year has passed, a new year is approaching. Live in the now. Throw out your missed opportunities or your would of, could of, should of’s. They don’t serve you and they aren’t constructive. All you have to do is continue to figure out how to be happy. It changes over the years. Until tomorrow friends, #RunSelfieRepeat.