Everyone has a failed New Years’ resolution story. That’s because all of us make them but very few of us follow through and achieve our goals. In this article, we give you five great New Years’ resolutions fit for everybody, so if you’re struggling for motivation, then you’ve come to the right place. Read on.
As 2015 draws to a close and 2016 beckons, it’s time for us to make New Years’ resolutions. A new year represents a fresh start, and for many of us there are habits that we’d like to kick, new habits we’d like to form, and changes that we’d like to make to our lives as part of that fresh start. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for resolutions for the new year, here is a list that you can pick from. Please make sure that you don’t pick more than one or two from this list, because if you pick too many, you will end up sticking to none.
1. Live within your means
This is a fairly easy one to track and follow. The modern consumerist society puts pressure on all of us to live beyond our means. It encourages us to get into debt and use credit cards. If you’re struggling with the concept of savings, thrift and frugality, and if your bank account empties itself by the end of every month, then this resolution may be for you. To begin with, write down your monthly income, and subtract your monthly expenditure from it. Your goal is to basically bring the answer up to a positive number. The higher the better.
2. Eat healthier food
The easiest way to do this is to stop eating out. Restaurants and other food joints do not use the same quality of ingredients that you can use when you cook in your own kitchen. Reduce fried, fatty and oily stuff and increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Lean meat, milk and eggs are also wonderful sources of tasty, nutritious food.
3. Learn a new language
The information age has made learning accessible to everyone. Today, you can learn a language from any part of the world with nothing more than a few clicks of your mouse. If you’re an Indian by descent, you may wish to learn some of the many languages that are spoken in the country. European languages like French and Spanish are also great choices. Once you learn a language, you will discover that there is a whole culture to be discovered in terms of literature, music and art. Go crazy!
4. Do something crazy
Speaking of crazy, how about letting loose a little and doing something out of your comfort zone? This doesn’t always have to mean activities such as bungee jumping and paragliding, though those count too. It can be anything that makes you anxious. If having a heart-to-heart with your friend or a family member makes you uncomfortable, do it. If the idea of dancing in front of an audience makes your knees weak, work towards a performance.
5. Overcome one bad habit
Whatever you define as a bad habit, overcome it. Whether this is smoking or drinking or biting your nails, if you decide that it is bad enough to go, then it should go. Kicking a bad habit – especially if it has addictive properties – is not easy, but with determination and support from your family members, you will be able to do it.