Well, 2015 is finally drawing to a close, and it’s time to think about next year. It’s a time when many of us will make promises, which we usually break by the second week of January. Well, this year, how about approaching your resolutions in a slightly different way?
Instead of looking at the year ahead, I’ve been thinking about making changes to my life for the long-term future. Like most people, I hope to have a long, successful, and healthy life. So, maybe this long-term planning will achieve more than cutting out chocolate for a few days!
So, take a look and see what you think–I don’t know if I will commit to all of these ideas, but they are food for thought, anyway! Feel free to share your resolutions in the comments section after the post.
Be More Active
It’s easy to feel bloated and sleepy around the holiday season and swear to yourself that you will get rid of those pounds in January. But what if you didn’t stop there? What if you went from doing a 15-minute jog, to doing one-hour spinning sessions? Or what if you did one push up on January 1st, added one every day, and spent New Year’s Eve 2016 doing an incredible 365 push ups? It’s all achievable if you decide you want to do it.
Eat Healthier Food
Of course, there is little point doing all that exercise if you aren’t eating well. Why don’t you make 2016 the year you learn about nutrition, and feed your body what it needs? You don’t have to go without treats–but start to eat them in moderation. Once a week, for example, or the occasional glass of wine for dinner. Diets never work, but lifestyle changes do–so think about healthy eating as a permanent choice, rather than a weight loss period.
Take More Risks
Do you find yourself holding back because of your inner worries? If so, maybe 2016 is the year that you can make the change. Perhaps you will go for that job you always wanted, and if you get a rejection, you will just try again. Maybe you’ll stop worrying about the consequences and ask that person you see in the bar out after all–what’s the worst that can happen?
Plan For Your Future
Are you investing for your future? Retirement can seem a long way off when you are young. But, there are many reasons for embracing sensible thought about financial planning as early as possible. Check out these 6 retirement planning mistakes and make sure you aren’t committing any cardinal sins. Put away a little for a rainy day and start building up a surplus for emergencies. Look into the best savings accounts, and get into the habit of finding the best deals for anything you spend money on. All of this will give you a financial stability you have never had before.
Finally, be more honest with yourself. If you can come to terms with who you are, then everything above will be a lot easier to carry out. Know your weaknesses, address them, and you will become happier and more successful than you ever have been before.
Happy New Year!