I have to admit that I’m terrible at New Year’s resolutions! I have good intentions just like everybody else but I just can’t stick to it! Over the years, I’ve tried to diet, exercise daily, write in a journal, and to be early for everything. Really the list could go on! I decided a few years ago that I wouldn’t make those pesky resolutions. That way, I wouldn’t feel guilty about breaking them later on. Instead, I would make some lifestyle shifts so that the things that are really important to me would get the attention that they deserve. It isn’t a perfect solution but it works for me. It is with this in mind, that I want to share with you some of the things that have helped me along the way.

  1. Be thankful. It can be very easy to find things to complain about some days. What if we chose to always look for the good instead? The person who was rude to you, they may have just lost their job. Let’s shower each other with grace.
  2. Be kind to yourself. Often we extend kindness to others and forget ourselves in the process. I have a habit of putting too much on a ‘To Do” list. This is something I’m still working on. Instead of feeling good about all I’ve accomplished, I end up feeling like I’ve failed at the end of the day by being unrealistic in my expectations. Put the most important things at the top of the list so they get done first and be reasonable in the number of tasks you give yourself.
  3. Start your day with a glass of water. Your body has worked hard all night while you were sleeping, processing food and making waste. Help flush it all out a bit by giving your body a glass of fresh water first thing in the morning – before a cup of coffee!
  4. Eat real food! Eat food that is as close to how it grew in a field, pasture or on a tree as possible. Food from a box or carton often is just a faint reminder of what it once was. Have a look at the grocery store at all the products on the shelves with the word ‘fruit’ in the title. You just may be surprised at how many of those items don’t have any actual fruit in them at all!
  5. Exercise should be fun! It doesn’t have to be something that hurts or is a struggle to do in order to count! Walking, swimming, bowling, lifting weights and stretching are great options. Join a team and learn how to play a new sport. There are lots of options for beginners if you take a few moments to look for them. Take the stairs when you can and park far away from the building you are entering.

You may say that these sounded a little like New Year’s resolutions. I prefer to think of them as goals. New Year’s resolutions feel broken once you slip up once. Goals are something your strive for and are ongoing. It is okay to make mistakes and keep on going. What are some of your goals? I would love to hear them! Leave below in the comments…