I hate new year resolutions. They don’t seem to ever make a difference.
How many people really lose weight or give up smoking because it was a resolution?
Here are 6 Ideas for New Year Revolutions.
1. Less Computer Time; More Face Time.
Less Facebook, less twitter, less LinkedIn, less everything that you do in front of a computer. More talking, more conversations, more one on ones.
2. Speak up; Speak Out.
You hear some one say something offensive, outrageous, untrue, call it as it is. Yes, this includes your family and your boss too. You have an opinion or an idea for a strategy that you keep to yourself, who are you hurting? Yourself.
You don’t have to get angry. Just say you disagree, or you see things differently. If you are from a culture where this is really tough for you, you don’t have to do it in public. Just have a 1 on 1 [see the first suggestion above.]
3. Change Something Big, Really Big.
Change your job, your city, your car, your friends, your apartment, your furniture, even your bed. Not all of them, but at least the one that you’re the least happy about.
When we opened our art gallery, my life got so much better. I loved teaching, but writing and running the gallery is just perfect.
I got an email today from a friend who left the university a few years before me. She just got married. Her life got better when she changed something big.
4. Make Something
If you’re like most people, you make your living from services, not from manufacturing. You sell, you consult, you help people, your give tours, you buy, etc.
This year make something. Plant a garden, build a table, paint something, make a cup out of clay.
I don’t care if you have no talent for these things. Just get your hands dirty or wet.
Discover what it means to make something. Show it to other people. Brag about it. Feel the pride that comes from creating something.
Why can’t everything be fun? Even stuff you hate. Shopping, the gym, aerobics, school, all kinds of work-make it fun.
I love it when I take an aerobics class and the teacher smiles and cracks jokes as we all sweat. Why don’t the other instructors do this? Do they think it means they are not serious?
I took a wine tasting class and quit after two classes because the instructor gave pop quizzes. Huh?
All work has the potential to be much more fun–you meet interesting people, you learn a lot, you get paid, you get dressed up. Sounds like a party.
6. Live In The Present
Don’t carry yesterday’s baggage around with you. Imagine every day is a brand new trip. The past is finished. There is nothing you can do now. it’s over. Don’t beat yourself over the head about the job you didn’t get or the stock you lost money on. Forget about it.
Ditto for the future, including worrying about what’s might happen: retirement, your health, your bank account. Be glad if you live long enough to take advantage of all of your funds, but don’t over-sacrifice now in order to have a good life in retirement.
Live the best life you can now. Today.
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