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I know I’m not alone in admitting that I’ve failed to conquer a few New Year’s resolutions. I always have good intentions and start off strong… then eventually they fizzle out. To keep yourself from feeling like a failure (you’re a winner!), check out these 7 resolutions that are productive, rewarding, and attainable! They still take some work, but you’ll be happy a few months down the road when your efforts pay off.
1 or 2 Healthy Changes
Instead of a huge, seemingly unattainable weight loss goal, how about just cutting out an unhealthy food from your diet and commit to working out 3 times a week? It will keep you from starving yourself and pushing yourself too hard to the point where you just give up. Soda and artificial sugar are some things you can give up that will make a remarkable difference in your results.
Meet New People
Most of us can be shy at times and reluctant to make new friends, but we’re just missing out on great relationships. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to a stranger, maybe in the office or at a party. One time I had a new neighbor come in and I waited months before knocking on her door and saying hello. Once I did, we started hanging out and created a great friendship! I was so frustrated with myself that I missed out on months of a fun friendship just because I didn’t take a few minutes to introduce myself.
Take Some Chances
We usually refrain from taking chances or risks for fear of failure or getting hurt, but we are only limiting ourselves. Only when you take a leap of faith will you see your full potential. Although you may not succeed in every chance you take, I guarantee you will learn something from the experience that will help you in the future.
Volunteer & Give to Charity
A few years ago my husband and I found an awesome church and started volunteering on the worship team. He plays guitar, and I play drums 1 or 2 weekends out of the month. It’s a blast, and we love serving our community. We also give to the church financially, and both experiences have been incredibly rewarding! As Winston S. Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
This one is definitely on my list! When we think of traveling more, we picture going to a foreign country on an expensive trip, but there are awesome places to visit everywhere. My family and I have been exploring places within a few hours from where we live and we’ve been amazed at what’s around us. Do a little research, and you may be surprised at the terrific places you can visit not too far from you.
Start a New Hobby
You may not think you have time for a new hobby, but you can always start off small and just do an hour or two a week. Perhaps in place of watching TV. A hobby can be learning a new instrument or picking up an old one that you haven’t played in a while. It can also be art with drawing, painting, or even coloring with all the great grown-up coloring books available. You can even learn a new language! I’ve heard of people learning a language on their drive to work every morning with audio lessons.
Spend Less Time on Social Media
Yes, I said it! This one is tough since social media is sneakingly addictive. It easily sucks up tons of your time and focus throughout the day. You can set a goal only to be on it for a certain amount of time, for 30 minutes, or certain periods of the day like at night when you’re relaxing at home.
Happy New Year and best of luck on any resolutions that you make!