What do you want in 2020?
I’m not a believer in New Year’s Resolutions, as these all too often result in nothing. However, I love the chance to say goodbye to the old year and say hello to the new. For several years, I’ve said no to making a resolution while saying yes to making a list of goals instead. I try to keep these goals attainable and sane – I know me, and I know I’m not going to lose 50 pounds this year, let’s be real! Over the years, this New Year’s Goal List has helped me focus on what passions, hobbies, or interests I might want to explore. This list is not a punishment, and it isn’t a list of things I have to give up or “do better”.
What about you? Have you made your list of what you want to do, where you want to go, or how you want to spend your time in 2020?
Was 2019 a good year for you? If your year was full of happiness and success, there’s cause for celebration. On the other hand, if 2019 was full of disappointment or heartbreak, then the New Year is probably a welcomed fresh start.
Either way, did you know that you can make your own luck in 2020? Not by making a resolution you’re destined to break, but by making a choice that will set you up for success. Do you want to be happier and healthier, without spending any money? Try one of these things in the New Year to make your own luck:
Declutter in 2020
Decluttering has become a huge trend with good reason. A tidy home is easier to breathe in, sleep in, and think in. It’s more peaceful. Got clutter? You don’t have to tackle it all in one day. Get a bag and start rounding up your unwanted stuff and donate it to charity. You will enjoy having less to clean and keep up with. This means less stress and more time to do things you enjoy. Make your own luck by making your home more peaceful in 2020.
Consider Your Career Path
Unless you’re retired, you probably spend the majority of your waking hours at work. If you despise what you do, that can create a miserable existence. If you’re not happy with your current work circumstances, think about what you may be able to do to change this. Does your job offer tuition reimbursement? Can you advance at the company where you are, or is it time to explore outside opportunities? Think thoroughly about what you can do, and what you desire. Try to make your own luck before you decide that all hope is lost.
Take Small Steps for Fitness
Ever made a resolution to lose weight, only to give up on your goal by the time January arrived? Instead of striving for a total lifestyle overhaul, get where you want to be using small changes you know you can sustain. Swap out soda for flavored water, and switch out french fries for a baked potato. Lift weights during TV commercials, or go for a walk after dinner. Make your own luck for fitness in 2020.
Why so serious? He wants to know how YOU doin’?
February is almost here, so how are your New Year’s resolutions going?
If you’re like most people, you might have fallen off the wagon, or maybe you’ve even forgotten what you resolved to do in the first place!
That’s why I typically don’t make resolutions – the very nature of a resolution is a set-up for failure. You get excited, you set a high aspiration for something that you probably didn’t think much about , and then you don’t follow through on it because you really didn’t think through if it meant something to you in the first place.
Which is why I usually DON’T make resolutions. I do, however, usually like to make goals at the start of a new year. I like reflecting on the fresh start that I feel at the end of December. It’s like a chance to dust off the old and start new. I like to sit down and really think about what some potential goals might be. But they have to really excite me, and they have to be things that I have a realistic chance of accomplishing. No set-ups for failure. At least, nothing that looks like a set-up for failure. I have to see a realistic path for making them come true. No goals just for the sake of having a goal. I want something I can come back to and say “I did it!”
This year, my goal list was small. What about yours? Have you fallen off the wagon, or are you going strong?
How YOU doin’?
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How was your Christmas? I had a good one. The next holiday on the calendar is not just a day, but the new year. 2019 is right around the calendar. Turning the page for a new year is a big event. Even if you just stay home and watch TV, a new year is always a chance to start fresh, start new, and enjoy the positive change that a new year could bring.
Are you making a New Year’s resolution for 2019? Maybe you haven’t even thought about it, and you’re still reveling in the fun of Christmas. But, it’s my opinion that the more thought and planning you put into your resolution, the more chance you have at making your resolution a success.
And maybe this year, if you haven’t made a resolution yet, that’s a good thing. Because, in my experience, if you want to make a New Year’s resolution and stick to it, you might want to begin first by creating your resolution a little bit differently than most people do. Check out my tips here.