Freud wrote that pleasure and pain are terrific motivators. Below are 5 Cool Ideas for New Year’s resolutions.
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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.
Do you just eat lunch or do you enrich relationships while you eat? 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 now that you’ve indulged?
Be purposeful in everything you do. Walk with purpose 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 a challenging task because industry markets products and services to the lowest common denominator.
Junk food is marketed to the lowest common denominator. Fast food, for example, is produced cheaply and sold cheaply.
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 schedule exercise unless time is pre-committed.
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.
Monitor feedback and if things don’t improve after you’ve apologized, consider replacing the relationship.
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 someone else.
Happy New Year and Happy New You!