Making resolutions can help you aim at the right target. Here are 15 resolutions you could use to spring board into this new year.
1. Set Some Lofty Goals And Invite Others Into The Adventure.
“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.” — Denis Watley
2. Stop Being Critical And Start Creating. It is 100X easier to critique things than it is to create things. Join the creative side this new year!
“It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” -Teddy Roosevelt
3. Devote Some Time To Dreaming. Give some time and space each week to looking out the window, sitting in a comfy chair or relaxing with a cup of coffee and considering exactly how you will become who you may one day be.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
4. Read A Book A Month. The statistics say after college most men do not read another book in their entire life! My 70-year-old dad defies this statistic. He told me this Christmas that HE HAS READ 82 BOOKS this year! Leaders are readers. Bam.
“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” — Wilfred Peterson
5. Get Up One Hour Early. Use this early hour as the launch pad for your day. What if you spent the first 30 minutes of your day in the Bible and the second 30 minutes of your day in exercise? It would completely change your day; I guarantee it!
6. Learn A New Language. Did you know that China will soon be the largest English speaking nation in the world? There are over 37 million people speaking Spanish in the United States – up over 230% since 1980. I brush up on my Spanish with an APP called Duolingo. It is an easy, interactive and effective way to learn a new language in the spare minutes of the day.
7. Embrace Solitude. In this fast paced, constantly connected world, it is becoming more and more important to get away and unplug so you can be refreshed and re-calibrated to your true purpose (s) in life.
8. Pledge Your Birthday. What if you chose to give up your birthday this year in order to help build a house for someone in need in another part of the world? Like no other time in human history, you can help people in another country just by setting up a Birthday Campaign here with 1Mission.
9. Do One Little Big Thing Every Day. Little things add up. Who you become tomorrow is being created today. Do one little big thing each day.
10. Choose Courage Over Comfort.
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting,
for in movement there is life and in change there is power.”
— Alan Cohen
11. Say “See Ya” To Soda. One of my resolutions last year was to drastically reduce my intake of sugary beverages. In doing so I have shaved off about 7 pounds, and I have probably saved about $400 in cash since I stopped ordering soda with my meal.
12. Quit Comparing. God placed you on this earth to be unique and original. Ask God each day to free you from comparison which causes only pride or jealousy in our lives.
13. Schedule A Date. What if you put on your calendar a monthly date with your spouse – and kept it?!? What would 12 dates in 12 months do to the strength and dexterity of your marriage? You will never just wake up and find yourself in a great, satisfying, fulfilling marriage relationship. Marriages don’t just “drift” towards that. It will require proactive planning on your part to realize a powerful marriage. Start this year!
14. Eat Frogs Early. I have heard pastor Bob Russell say on many occasions, “If you have a frog to eat, eat it early.” By this he means do not spend all day staring at difficult situations or conversations. Make the phone call, send the email, have the meeting early, and don’t spend all day staring at the frog.
15. Live Curious.
“Somebody ought to tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit every minute of every day. Do it, I say, whatever you want to do, do it now.” – Michael Landon