What Are You New Year’s Resolutions?
Researchers at the University of Scranton
, found that 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% keep them for longer than a few weeks. Are we making impossible resolutions? Does the cold and blustery weather just make us want to call it an early night? Although you can make a resolution any time during the year, the New Year gives you the chance to start fresh and leave the past behind you. So what are your resolutions for 2015?
Here are four New Year’s resolutions that might inspire you for a better and brighter 2015!
Push yourself outside your comfort level.
Think about something that scares you or makes you uncomfortable–in 2015 commit to facing that uncertainly head-on! Are you uncomfortable with public speaking? Take an improv class
! Fear of heights? Try a trapeze class
! Afraid of snakes? Make sure you don’t skip the reptile exhibit next time you go to the zoo! You don’t have to completely shatter your old fears in order to become a better version of yourself, but don’t let nerves hold you back from experiencing something new and exciting. Get a group of friends together for moral support if need be and make something amazing happen in 2015. Even facing a small fear can help boost your confidence and courage and inspire you to tackle bigger ones!
Learn a new skill/talent.
Finally take those guitar lessons you’ve been talking about for years. Or try a painting class (or even a drink and paint night if you want to keep it really casual). What is something you have always wanted to try but never got around to? What’s holding you back?! The worst thing that could happen is you try something new and don’t like it; but at least you gave it a whirl! Learning a new skill/talent can also introduce you to a whole new circle of friends you might have otherwise never known. Pick something totally outside your normal world and hit two resolutions in one go!
Everyone makes this resolution, but a lot of people give up after a few weeks. Why? Because we set goals that are just difficult to achieve. Don’t tell yourself “I’m going to the gym 5 days a week” because that’s a really high bar to hit. After you miss a few times it’s easy to give up and wait until next year. Instead, commit to getting off the T a stop early and walking a few extra blocks to work or home every day. Cook dinner in more than you eat out so you control what you eat. Bring a water bottle to work and keep it on your desk so you hydrate better. We can live healthier by changing the little things and letting them build over time.
Reconnect with old friends.
Thanks to modern technology and social media it’s easier than ever to reconnect with old friends! Send a message to your best friend from high school or college (or even elementary school!) and let them know you still think of them. Or better yet, make it a point to meet up face-to-face with friends you don’t get to see very often. Facebook, Skpe, and texting are great, but nothing meets an actual in-person conversation. Plan a little getaway, or just grab coffee, and see what great friends you still have out there.