Do you routinely make New Year’s resolutions on December 31, only to realize you already ignored your desired habit by the end of January? Yeah, me too. This year, instead of writing down resolutions or picking one new habit you want to try without really having the tools to stick with it, try these tips instead!
- Instead of writing resolutions, start a gratitude practice. A gratitude practice is simply writing down or voicing things that you’re grateful for every day. A grateful heart will bring more good things in your life because you are focusing on the positives in your life. You can write or voice them every morning, evening or whenever feels best for you. Try buying a beautiful new journal for your gratitude practice for the New Year.
- Make a vision board for the year ahead. What are some of your goals or desires of the future? Grab a bunch of magazines or print pictures from your computer and stick them on a board that you’ll see often. Visual reminders are great for remembering your goals and dreams and making them happen. It is definitely more beautiful than a list of resolutions you’ll probably end up throwing away.
- Pick one resolution, but also write down all the ways you can honestly stick to it and the reasons why you want to pick this certain resolution. If you have a detailed plan for the year ahead, you’re more likely to stick with it.
- Write a letter to yourself to read at the end of next year. Include any wisdom, encouragement or thank yourself for reaching your goals. It will be something really cool to read next year and you can go over which goals you’ve accomplished and which ones you still need to work on.
- Make a list or scrapbook your best memories of the last year. This can be a fun activity to do with your family or friends on New Year’s Eve!
- Write down the challenges of the last year and how you resolve to change things in the upcoming year.
- Choose a word for the upcoming year. For example, if you choose service, think about how you can make the next year all about service. Where have you always wanted to serve, who have you wanted to serve, etc.? Make your focus on a word that can bring you focus in the new year instead of silly resolutions like “lose weight”.
- Try a resolution jar. Write at least 12 specific resolutions for the year on pieces of paper and then put them in a jar. Bonus points if you decorate the jar. Then pull one out at the beginning of each month and make it your focus for that month. Chances are you’ll develop the habit if you practice it frequently for 30 days. It will also be fun to discover which resolution you choose for each month!
- Lastly, if you still choose to write New Year’s resolutions, make them specific. Instead of lose weight, try lose 10 pounds by July 1st. How will you achieve that goal? Be specific there too. Instead of saying that you’ll eat healthier, try saying you’ll eat 3 types of vegetables a day.
Do you write New Year’s Resolutions every year? Will you try any of these instead? Which one do you like the best? Share with us!