Alternatives to New Years Resolutions

New Years resolutions don’t work for everyone. You may have already made them (and broken them). But it’s not too late to refocus on the year ahead. So why not try something a bit different in 2017? Here are some alternatives to New Years resolutions…

 

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Theme

Instead of creating specific goals, many people are recommending a ‘theme’ for the year. This is a word to live by in 2017. It’s something to keep in mind as you make decisions.

Need some ideas? Here are some themes you might use:

  • Create
  • Adventure
  • Friendship
  • Risk
  • Connect
  • Save
  • Reinvigorate
  • Meditate
  • Exercise
  • Read
  • Travel
  • Brave
  • Thoughtful

 

Mission Statement

You’re probably familiar with company mission statements. They define the company’s goals, vision and focus. In The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen R. Covey suggests that you can write your own mission statement. Ask yourself what you love in life, what are your core values, what your strengths are, and what you envision for your life. Need an example? Oprah Winfrey’s mission statement is ‘To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.’

 

Bucket List

Write a bucket list! And when you finish, don’t let it just sit there—go out and start working towards ticking off those ultimate goals. Dream big. Remember to cover as many areas of life as you want: family, friends, travel, experience…

 

Set a Big Challenge

Aim for some ambitious, overriding goal that will enrich your life or knowledge base. Learn a language, travel somewhere new, build something, create…

 

Every Day Activity

Instead of setting a big challenge, do something every day in 2017. Take a photo, write a journal entry, read from a book, tell someone you love them, or cuddle your pet.

 

Make a List of Exciting Things

Maybe goals don’t work for you. That’s cool! How about writing a list of things that you’re excited about in 2017? They can be anything from a new season of a TV show, your friend’s milestone birthday, or a holiday.

 

Write a Letter to Yourself

Write a letter to your future or past self. If you write to your future, you’ll need to think about your long term goals and where you are now. If you write to your past self, you’ll need to reflect on how far you’ve come.

 

Focus on the Good

Write a list of all the good things about your life. New Years resolutions tend to focus on the things you want to change. Start the year with positivity and list the things you’re grateful for instead.

 

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