Are you a New Year’s resolution kind of person? I think sometimes we feel kind of pressured into making a list of “things we need to change” in our lives. I don’t think most people will be surprised by how many of us fail at our resolutions each year. So, today I am going to give you 3 alternatives to New Year’s resolutions!
I used to feel pressured to make my New Year’s resolutions list. But did I ever succeed? No, just like most of us. It usually just ends up making us feel worse about ourselves instead of better. I think it’s time we changed the way we look at it. So, what do you think are the top 3 New Year’s resolutions? I am going to tell you below!
I did a post on gratitude that you might find helpful a while back. You can read that here.
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New Year Resolutions Statistics
What do you think the top 3 New Year’s Resolutions are?
- Live healthier.
- Lose weight.
- Be happier.
I am sure this will come as no surprise to you but only 9-12% of people keep their resolutions through the end of the year. And after 1 month over 50% have already given up. It is kind of sad if you think about it. Because we keep doing it, hoping for a different outcome year after year.
Why do you think most resolutions don’t end up working? We start with good intentions but most of the time they aren’t realistic. We give ourselves too big of a goal and never have a chance to achieve it. But it does give us a sense of what we are yearning to improve in our lives.
1. Start Reading a Daily Devotional
I started reading a daily devotional about a year ago faithfully. It has helped me so much. The one I am reading is Wisdom for Women by Debbi Bryson. It is a one-year devotion that focuses on the book of Proverbs and how it relates to our daily life. I highly recommend it!
What are a few benefits of working daily devotion into your day?
- Helps to build your faith
- Helps you focus
- Gain a better understanding of the Bible
- Helps you with real-life situations
- Help you to improve your mood
- It can help you develop quiet time to reflect
2. Get Involved
I am naturally an introvert and am typically fine being home alone or with my husband. But it is important to make time to be around other people. If you are involved in a church, it is a great idea to get involved in some way. Either in outreach programs, volunteering, or just taking part in a women’s brunch.
If you have school-age children getting involved at their school, volunteering. Showing your face so people know who you are and in return, you know who they are also! Meeting other moms is important. When my kids were younger, I was always at their school, volunteering, being a cookie mom for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop and always showing my face around the school.
Getting around other people with similar interests will help improve your mood and help with that #3 resolution that so many people struggle with. Being happier. Like to knit? Find a knitting group. Like to bike? Try finding a biking group. You get the picture, right?
3. Reach Out to Others Regularly
This one is important. Continuously reach out to people that are on your mind. Thinking about someone? Shoot them a quick text message and tell them “Hi, I was just thinking about you”. Send a card, yes, it’s still a thing! Do you know how excited I get when someone sends me a text message or a card in the mail just to tell me that they were thinking about me?
We sometimes forget in this “social media” world because we can see everyone’s life on our phones to reach out still. Social media isn’t reality. Maybe their life looks perfect on Instagram, but they could use a “Hey, how are you?” occasionally.
In a world that has become so unkind, we can try to do our part to make it a little more kind. Social media was originally created to connect people in a positive way but has taken a nasty turn. But we can do our part to check on someone regularly. Trust me, it matters!
So, are you a resolutions kind of person? If not, are you willing to try one of my ideas this year? Also if you have a daily devotional to share with us please put it in the comments below!