The new year often inspires a renewed sense of purpose, determination, and hope. It’s a time when you put the past behind you and begin new adventures. A time to reexamine your life and figure out what changes you’d like to make. This year, try throwing resolutions out the window and make positive changes in a different kind of way. Here are some alternatives to making New Year’s resolutions that will leave you feeling satisfied with who you are.
Identify Your People
Instead of committing to new things to do, commit to the people you want to spend time with this year. Life is too precious to spend it with people who bring you down. As much as possible, surround yourself with those who lift you up, challenge you, and support you in becoming who you want to be. Make a list of everyone in your life who is good for you. Who brings out the best in you? Who makes you laugh? Who leaves you in a good mood? Then, narrow down that the list to the most important five to 10 people. Figure out a way to regularly connect with them throughout the year.
To start the new year, make a list of things in your life for which you are thankful. Sit and reflect on why you are thankful for those things. You might begin to see a pattern for what’s important to you and what brings you joy. Next, make a list of people for whom you are thankful. Take time to write each person a note expressing why you are thankful for them, without any expectation to hear back. This is your chance to bless their life as they start a new year.
Create a Bucket List for the New Year
Fill the list with all the things you want to be, do, and experience before December 31st. Use you Garmin Activity Tracker from Buydig.com to track your steps along the way.
Follow a Monthly 30-Day Challenge
Come up with a list of twelve 30-day challenges, and complete one for each month of the year. What’s a 30-day challenge? A 30-day challenge consists of setting a small goal that can be achieved in 30 days, along with the specific action that you’ll be taking each day to achieve the goal. For example, for January you could create a 30-day decluttering challenge. What action will you be taking each and every day in January in order to declutter? You could do the following: Every day during the month of January, choose five items to donate, throw out, sell, or give away.
Take a Yearly Challenge
Set a personal challenge for yourself this year. One idea is to give yourself a reading challenge. Another idea is to challenge yourself to save $1000–or the amount of your choice–by the end of the year.
Take On a 365-Day Project
For a 365-day project, you pick something that you’re going to do every single day of the new year. Like taking a photograph every single day of the year with your Fuji Instax from Buydig.com. Or try reading a short story every day of the year.