New Year’s resolutions work best when they offer two simple choices: reward or consequence. Here are tips for improving yourself anytime. Tweet This
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Anytime is a good time for resolutions
1. Be purposeful in everything you do.
Strive for purpose in your daily activities.
Are you subconsciously or even consciously limiting your daily movement? What purpose does that two hours of television serve every night? What are you getting from that bag potato chips? More importantly, what types of consequences await you as a result of your routines?
Be purposeful in everything you do, including walking. Walk with purpose, for example, and people are more likely to respect your time.
2. Resolve not to be mediocre, even in how you eat.
Use the freshness of the new year as an excuse for avoiding mediocrity.
This can be challenging because industry makes it easy to purchase products and services that are not in our best interest over the long haul. Being above average takes discipline, especially when it comes to what you eat.
Fast food, for example, is inexpensive because it is often low in quality.
Sitcom television is geared toward the masses. The producers of these shows even provide a laugh track so that you’ll know when most people laugh. Give yourself an upgrade. Resolve to distance yourself from average.
3. Schedule exercise and stretching.
Exercise is more effective when it is regular and systematic. It can be difficult to maintain an exercise regime unless time is pre-committed. An exercise schedule is your friend.
4. Mend fences and help others resolve issues.
Call, or better yet, visit the person with whom you want to make peace.
Use this exact wording: “I feel bad about what’s happened between us and want to take responsibility for everything. I’m sorry about the past and I’m going to be a better person for you in the future.” Tweet This
Whether the other party accepts your apology, rebuffs you or otherwise tries to continue the conversation, do not pursue the topic. Allow them to respond, then gracefully end the meeting or phone call. Give the person time to think about what you said and mentally re-frame the relationship.
Monitor feedback. If things don’t improve after you’ve apologized, consider replacing the relationship. If you can’t say “goodbye” to negative people in the new year, just say “hello” less frequently.
5. Service clubs are life-long resolutions.
Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, wrote that life’s meaning comes from serving a cause greater than oneself.
Rotary helped me achieve meaning in my life.
Giving back makes me feel like a better person. If you want to feel better about yourself, do something for nice for someone else.
Happy New Year and Happy New You!
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