Each year we say we’ll start doing this, or stop doing that. But more often than not our big plans get dashed sometime in January. Here are some of the more commonly recited new years resolutions that pop up in late December, as well as others that are more likely to make it through the 365 days and really improve your life.
1. Lose Weight
This is a perennial favorite for many resolution makers, and it doesn’t take much to figure out why.
The holiday season is a time to overeat and indulge and things might come to a head, with many people reaching their fat-gain breaking point after a New Year’s Eve buffet dinner.
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2. Travel More
It’s tempting to want to get out and see more of the world, especially if you feel stuck in your rut or you haven’t been anywhere lately. This is one of the most common resolutions, just be sure to be a bit more specific on where you want to go because vague ideas rarely get done, but attainable goals are something you can work with.
3. Quit Smoking
This is often considered one of the hardest habits to break, and there are plenty of products, books, and systems to help you along. Still the most effective method is going cold turkey.
4. Get a Health Check Up
If you’ve been putting off the annual check-up and it’s been awhile since you’ve been given a clean bill of health, you may want to resolve to going in for a doctor’s visit. Starting the year off without having to worry about a serious medical condition looming in the background is one way to make it great.
5. Listen to My Favorite Music More
They say music is the soundtrack of life, but it’s also a great way to put you in a better mood, no matter what the circumstances are. The year ahead is going to have its challenging moments, so reach for your favorite tunes more often and get taken to your happy place instantly.
6. Dress More Like My Style
Between having to dress according to your employer’s dress code and following the conventional fashion of today’s apparel shops, you might have lost that part of you that wants to come out. Do an overhaul of your wardrobe and start wearing things that make you feel good.
7. Stop Twerking
Twerking become the buzzword of the year after Miley Cyrus made her appearance at the VMAs, but this is one trend that needs to be left in the past as we turn a new page and start afresh this year. Surely as a species we can come up with something better as the next sensation that everyone is talking about.
8. Get a Six Pack
This is one of those elusive health goals that sounds great when you first get the idea, but then gets cast aside after a few weeks. Without the proper amount of dedication and a strategy to get it, you might be fall short and become another statistic. Meet with a personal trainer to discuss the diet and fitness regimen you’ll need to follow to succeed.
9. Stop Being Racist
In his book Blink Malcolm Gladwell tells of research that shows even people that wouldn’t consider themselves racist show an unconscious racial bias in tests. Even though we’ve got the first black President, we’ve still got a long way to go, and we can all benefit from being more understanding of other races and cultures.
10. Be Healthier
This is one New Year’s goal that doesn’t produce many success stories. Why? It’s too vague. You can’t quickly quantify “being healthier” so there’s no way to hold yourself accountable later. Choose something you can measure more easily that falls under the healthy umbrella.
11. Stop Eating Fast Food
It seems like each year we learn more about just how bad fast food is for the body. If you’ve resolved to lose weight or get a six pack, you’ll definitely want to drop the fast food habit cold turkey. It can be hard because all of the fat, sugars, and chemical additives make it darn near addictive.
12. Validate People In My Life More
It’s easy to take the important people in your life for granted, especially if you see them every day. You don’t have to get all mushy every time you’re around them, but taking the time to let them know how important they are to you on an occasional basis will make you feel good and will strengthen the relationship.
13. Get Famous
It’s easier now than ever before to become an overnight sensation. Whether you just want your 15 minutes of fame, or you want to be a bona fide celebrity, start brainstorming how you can make it happen. It could take just one viral video, or you might need to go get head shots and an agent, but you can do it!
14. Stop Judging People
“Judge not lest ye be judged.” It’s in the Bible, but people of all faiths and beliefs can subscribe to this one. If you’re sitting in judgment it probably represents an insecurity on your part. Spend less time worrying about others, and spend more time improving yourself.
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