Well, some say it's a to-do list for the first week of January. Statistics say it's something only 8 percent of people will keep up throughout the year. And I say they it's a collection of failures we line up for ourselves to experience. Every year. Except for 2018 -- am I right?
Reputable sources on the internet list the top 10 New Year's Resolutions as follows:
- Eat Healthier and Diet
- Lose Weight and Get Fit
- Quit Smoking
- Spend More Time with Family
- Learn Something New
- Get Out of Debt and Save Money
- Travel to New Places
- Be Less Stressed
- Drink Less
Which for our generation roughly translates to:
- Stop salting food
- Make use of FitBit
- Stop smoking...cigarettes
- Answer mom's phone calls
- Buy more Groupons
- Uber only when necessary
- Attend more weddings
- Stop texting exes
- Volunteer...to flaunt on social media
- Vodka soda. Vodka soda. Vodka soda.
The problem with these noble aspirations is that they require considerable lifestyle changes and committed efforts to follow through. And though the start of a new calendar year may feel like enough motivation to do so, more often than not, we find ourselves right back where we started (just in lower spirits...)
This year, you can continue the cycle of goal fatigue from those overbearing resolutions -- OR -- you can set yourself up for success with a few mini-goals that are well within your reach. In the spirit of your success, we've crafted a list of micro-improvements to make in terms of: health, organization, money, happiness, travel, relationships, and volunteering.
Do yourself a favor and over the course of the next 365 days, accomplish one, two, or just a few of the below, and relish in the fact that you're achieving greatness! Or just be proud you're being an adult, which we've all learned the hard way, is not easy...
Here, the 40 Micro-Improvements that will help you stick to your New Year's resolutions
1. Get your teeth cleaned.
Dig up your insurance card. Locate website. Search for a provider. Set an appointment (like, maybe 6 months from now). Forget appointment.
2. Throw out expired food.
And makeup. And anything else with an expiration date. And while you're at it, clean your makeup brushes.
3. Put gym clothes and shoes in your car.
Or just put those clothes you've been meaning to donate in your trunk, so that you can a) finally drop it off at Goodwill and b) use them as workout clothes until you do so.
4. Get a flu shot.
At the beginning of the season. Think how many calories you'll save on soup and ice cream.
5. Grilled, not fried. On the rocks, not frozen. Salt rim, not sugar.
How to order at every Mexican restaurant.
6. Embrace dry shampoo.
“For a good, clean feeling. No matter what."
7. Get more massages and facials.
For health reasons, duh. Buy packages or encourage these as gifts from loved ones.
9. Clear out your email inbox
Download Unroll.me to instantly see a list of all your subscription emails and unsubscribe easily from whatever you don't want.
10. Delete your weird high school friends on Facebook
It helps if you do this on their birthday, when FB reminds you they exist.
11. Put an emergency tampon in key locations
Like your gym bag, glove compartment, boyfriend's house and every purse you own.
12. Give someone an extra key to your apartment.
Make sure it's not the weird friend from high school.
13. Throw out hideous promotional items you've accumulated over the years.
You don't need that Bank of the West blanket, or NuvaRing hat. It's fashion over function this year.
14. Collect old gift cards and spend an entire day cashing them in.
You'd be surprised what you can still get at a Barnes and Noble.
15. Try to return that dress you lost the receipt for.
Maybe they'll take it, right?
16. Save a little bit of money.
Download an app (like Qapital) that automatically deposits into a savings account...or an emergency Vegas fund.
17. Invest a wee bit of money.
Spend half the time you do checking Instagram on checking stocks. Or the news. Or something time-worthy.
18. Shop clearance first, not last.
Nordstrom Rack is your friend.
19. Cook something once in awhile.
Microwaving counts. Salads also count.
20. Only order online from Amazon Prime.
AKA free shipping. AKA never pay for shipping.
21. Watch one Disney movie a month. Maybe two.
But seriously, no judgment if it exceeds 10.
22. Wear more costumes.
Or at least wear the appropriate color on each holiday: green on St. Patties, red on Valentine's (black, depending on your relationship status), etc.
23. Eat frozen yogurt as a meal.
Try your hardest to “wow" a Yogurtland employee. It's like a personal trophy.
24. Give more gifts.
Hand out glow jewelry or flash tattoos to people you don't know at a party to witness true joy.
25. Dress up as much as possible.
Wear clothing with kittens or puppies on it. Or whatever makes you happy.
26. Ditch the bitch voice inside your head.
27. Take more naps.
This includes in the car on your lunch break.
28. Take a solo trip.
Find a cheap Airbnb and go make a friend.
29. Spend less money when you do travel.
Stop pretending foreign currency is “Monopoly money." It's real.
30. Go somewhere you don't speak the language.
This includes neighborhoods in your own town.
31. Figure out how to redeem points for a fully expensed trip.
Or just figure out how to redeem points. Seriously how do they do it?
32. Make believe.
Feel like you're traveling by using a random foreign accent to confuse people. It's great.
33. Stop ghosting people.
Just kindly type: “Not interested." Easier written than said.
34. Be pickier.
Stop going on dates because you've been “meaning to try that place."
35. Be more strategic.
Start going on dates that end in tickets to see Hamilton.
36. Be more thoughtful.
Send people random “thinking of you" cards...or DM's.
37. Be more aware of others.
RSVP for your friend's events before they have to remind you to do so.
38. Donate old clothes.
But no shame if you try to sell them first. eBay is your friend.
39. Volunteer at home.
To show family/significant others “how it should be done."
40. Be a good friend.
Take a girlfriend to lunch and offer to listen to her problems. And listen, Linda, listen.
There you go, you're now armed with 40 tools that can make or break your 2018. With these in mind, tackle the New Year the right way (which just translates to whichever way you see fit…)
If not, there's always next year...
Personally, I am over the top excited that we are on the cusp of turning the page on not only a new year but also on a new 10-year window of opportunities and possibilities!
You may be thinking, whoa…I am just embracing the fall season…yikes… it is tough to think about a new decade!
Yet it is this groundwork, this forward thought that you put in place TODAY that will propel you and lead you into greatness in 2020 and beyond. Designing a new decade rests in your ability to vision, in your willingness to be curious, in your awareness of where you are now and what you most want to curate. Essentially, curating what's next is about tapping into today with confidence, conviction, and decision. Leading YOU starts now. This is your new next. It is your choice.
Sometimes to get to that 'next', you need to take a step back to reflect. Please pardon my asking you to spend time in yesterday. Those who know me personally, know that I created and continue to grow my business based on enabling the present moment as a springboard for living your legacy. So, indulge me here! True, I am asking you to peek into the past, yet it is only in order for you to bring the essence of that past forward into this moment called NOW.
One of the best ways to tap into what's next is to clarify what drives you. To design a new decade, ask yourself this question about the past ten years:
What worked? What were my successes?
Make a list of your achievements big and small. Don't type them, but rather use ink and paper and sit with and savor them. Move your thoughts and your successes from your head, to your heart, to your pen, to the paper. Remember that on the flip side of goals not attained and New Year's resolutions abandoned, there was more than likely some traction and action that moved you forward, even if the end result was not what you expected. Once you have a full list of a decade's worth of personal and professional accomplishments, think about how this makes you feel. Do you remember celebrating all of them? My guess is no. So, celebrate them now. Give them new life by validating them. Circle the successes that resonate with you most right now. Where can you lean into those accomplishments as you power into the decade ahead?
Now comes a tougher question, one that I used myself in my own mid-life reinvention and a question I adore because in a moment's time it provides you with a quick reconnect to your unique inner voice.
If it were 10 years ago and nothing were standing in your way, no fear or excuses to contend with…what would you do?
Don't overthink it. The brilliance of this question is that it refocuses purpose. Whatever first came to mind when you answered this for yourself is at its core a powerful insight into defining and redefining the FUTURE decade. Bring your answer into the light of today and what small piece of it is actionable NOW? Where is this resonating and aligning with a 2019 version of yourself?
Then, based on your success list and your answer to the above question, what is your 2020 vision for your business and for the business of YOU?
Designing a new decade begins as a collection of 3,650 opportunities. 3,650 blank slates of new days ahead in which to pivot and propel yourself forward. Every single one of those days is a window into your legacy. An invitation to be, create, explore, and chip away at this thing we call life. One 24-hour segment at a time.
While you have a decade ahead to work on design improvements, you have the ability to begin manifesting this project of YOU Version 2020 right NOW. Based on exploring the exercises in this post, begin executing your vision. Ask questions. Be present. Let go of 2019 and the past 10 years so that you can embrace the next 10. Position acceptance and self-trust at the forefront of how you lead you. One choice at a time.
Don't get bogged down in the concept of the next 10 years. Instead position clarity and intention into each new day, starting today. Then chase every one of those intentions with an in-the-moment commitment and solution toward living a legendary life!