Over the last decade, resolutions, overall, have not changed much. The start of a new year is a great time for a fresh start in any area of your life.
When I was growing up, the last week of the year was a time we spent “deep cleaning” the house. In my mom's mind, it was just wrong to come into the new year with a dirty house. So we all, at least, had the fresh start of a clean room, clean closets, and cupboards. One year, she came to my school and made me clean out my locker… Talk about a clean slate!
That fresh start in our home every January was like icing on the cake of life. We also started the new year sharing our resolutions. As we got older, we had to also share a general plan for how we would achieve those resolutions.
My resolutions over the years have grown with me. They started out as get straight A's (which I did quite often), keep my room clean, stay out of trouble at home. All easy but typical. As an adult, my resolutions have matured to specific, still pretty typical, goals that I avidly work toward…
- Help at least one person improve in their business or personal life everyday,
- Add an additional vacation (that will make 4 this year… yay!),
- Take daily actions to reduce my stress levels,
- Spend at least one hour everyday on my own education and personal development, and
- Stick to my budget and savings plan the entire year.
However, as I digress from my own personal life, here's a list, in no particular order, of the 10 most common New Year's Resolutions of all time.
- Lose weight. Well, we live in America. According to the CDC at least 69% of Americans over 19 years old are overweight or obese. You definitely want to set incremental goals to combat those unwanted pounds. Maybe step one could be to lose 5 pounds.
- Quit smoking. There are several solutions to smoking these days from electric cigarettes to patches or hypnosis. I personally have never been a smoker, but I sympathize those who are trying to kick the habit. Choose the method that will work best with your lifestyle, stick to it, and you'll soon find success.
- Learn something new or exciting. That's exciting in itself! You should never stop learning and actively feeding your mind. “I don't have time to read.” Really? If you watch tv, you have time to read.
- Spend less / Save more. Come up with a plan and stick to it. “What if something comes up?” Something always comes up. Plan for it. (Be on the look out for my post on how we were able to take our family on a week long vacation every year even though we were living paycheck to paycheck like everyone else.)
- Give back / Help others. This one is my favorite. Although I wish I could single handedly heal the world, I can't. However, if we all do a small part, the world will truly be a better place for our children.
We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. -Dr. Loretta Scott
- Spend more time with family. I can't stress enough how important family time is. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Make sure your family members know you love them by giving of them the one asset you can't replace. Time. In that time, be present. Your phone, email, work and Facebook can wait.
- Travel. I know several people who have never been outside their city limits. It baffles me. There's a whole world out here. Take time to experience it.
- Get organized. For some, organization comes natural; it's a gift. For others, including myself, it can be a constant struggle. However, thanks to Pinterest and my amazing day planner, there is hope. Like my mom has always believed, cleaning out last year's mess is a great fresh start to a new year.
- Stay fit and healthy. We should make a conscious effort to eat healthier and exercise. There are a number of ways to do this with very little effort. For example, have fruit instead of fries, pack a healthy snack and water instead of going to the vending machine, park further from the door, and take the stairs over the elevator.
- Enjoy life to the fullest. There's nothing worst than looking back over a year and not seeing anything past your cubicle.
Are any of these your resolutions? What are you ready to change in this new year? Leave a comment below and SHARE if you or your friends and family can relate to or have these same resolutions this year.
Peace and Love!