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The New Year is a great time to review your past year and to make bold decisions on how to improve yourself for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, many resolutions do not stand the test of time or never even find their way out of the planning stage.
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The New Year is a great time to review your past year and to
make bold decisions on how to improve yourself for the upcoming year. (Both you and your kids will appreciate it!)
Unfortunately, many resolutions do not stand the test of time or never even
find their way out of the planning stage. This year, it is time to make those
changes that you want and to find ways to make them stick.
If you are looking for a way to help those who are less
fortunate, giving of your time, your money, or yourself can go a long way. Ten
percent of your income each payday is a good place to start. Some like to give
this much as tithes to their place of worship. Others like to donate to a
favorite charity. Maybe you know of a person or a family who is struggling
right now who could use a little help. You can give to a different place each
time, or you may wish to make a more long-term commitment. Write this into your
budget and take care of this first thing when you get paid. Helping others,
whether people, animals, or causes, is a great way to give of yourself to
better the lives of others. It makes you feel good, too.
There are probably a few things that you have always wanted
to do, but just have not gotten around to yet. Make this your year to learn.
Take those flying lessons. Learn how to speak another language. Get your
degree. Find a class at your local
community centre that you can do with your children. Get books and videos from your local library. Learn a new
skill can enhance your self-esteem while opening up new opportunities for work
or personal growth. Your new skill may even lead to a way to earn some extra
income, such as painting, woodworking, crocheting, sewing, or jewelry-making.
As sort of a generic goal, exercising more does not always
work. Why not put your money where your mouth is and give yourself a reason to
stay fit or be more athletic? Get that gym membership. If you have some health
issues or want to get the family involved, sign up for swimming lessons or get
a membership at your local public pool. Better yet, incentivize yourself
further by buying a swimming pool for your own yard from a company like Blue World Pools. Swimming is a great
way to get in shape without putting strain on your joints. You and your family
can also stay cool during warmer months in the comfort of your own home. Make
some family memories this year while getting more exercise.
Perhaps you do not have a lot of extra money to spend on
other goals. Giving can occur in many ways. Giving of your time can help
others. You can volunteer at a local food bank. Make time every week to have a
family game night. Take a little time each day to catch up with loved ones.
Visit the elderly in a nursing home a couple of times a month. Not only does
your time benefit those who you are giving it to, but it can help you to
realize how much you have and can be thankful for.
No list of New Year's resolutions would be complete without
the traditional get healthier/lose weight type of plan. Many of these do not
work. For one thing, many plans are too vague. With no real plan, it is easy to
get distracted or never make any progress. Additionally, results typically
happen too slowly to keep your interest. It is important to stay in for the
long-haul and to make realistic, small goals that you can stick to whether you
see an immediate difference or not. Perhaps this will be the year that you give
up soda and drink more water instead. This will take away empty calories that
can cling to your body as excess weight while keeping you more hydrated and
healthier. Take away one not-so-healthy food or beverage and replace it with
something that will improve your well-being. Making one change for the better
is easier to stick with and focus on than a more generic resolution with no
These are just a few ideas that should get your juices
flowing for your New Year's resolutions. Do not overburden yourself. Start with
just one or two if necessary. Remember, your resolution should help you to be a
better person, whether that benefit is for you or for others.
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