At first, you decided against making new year’s resolutions. They aren’t your thing, and you always end up breaking them by the end of the month anyway. But now you’ve decided that you actually want to start the new year with a fresh start. You want to see significant changes in your life but feel like it’s too late to start because the first of the year has already passed, right? Wrong! Every day is a new day to create something, which means today is the perfect day for you to start your new year’s resolutions.
Whether you are making goals for yourself at the beginning of the year, ten days into the new year, or in the middle of the summer, these seven new year’s resolutions are decisions that you can declare whenever YOU are ready to make them happen. Now, let’s get started!
Make your Bed
Admiral William H. McRaven uttered these famous words during a commencement speech in 2014 made to students attending the University of Texas. In this speech, Admiral McRaven shares that making your bed “encourages you to do another task, and then another, and then another.” And at the end of the day, if you’ve done nothing at all or feel like you haven’t accomplished much, at least you’ve made your bed. This year, make your bed, and witness just how much your life will change when you make the first step to get up in the morning and complete this one small task.
Stop Worrying About The THings That You can’t Control
This is a hard one. Especially when life feels uncertain. I am not suggesting that you throw all caution to the wind or even say, ‘fuck it.’ I’ve learned that action instead of apathy is one of the best ways to stop worrying about things you cannot control. Instead of feeling indifferent, decide what you can do as an individual to make an impact. The next time you feel worried, write down or take a mental note of all of the things you are grateful for. This list will remind you that you have many things that ultimately bring you joy despite any concerns you may have.
Practice Your Communication Skills
It’s never too late to practice the art of being a better communicator. In fact, this new year’s resolution is probably one of the most vital skills you can have both inside and outside the workplace. From non-verbal to email writing, active listening, and asking the right questions, learning how to be a more effective communicator will help you be more influential, productive, and successful in your professional and personal relationships.
Invest in Yourself
Investing in yourself looks different, depending on the person And of course, there are various ways of investing. Some consider taking a class or workshop as an investment, while others believe it is important to practice self-care. What is common for everyone is the profound impact that the investment will have on your happiness and well-being, now and in the future.
While it may seem like a small effort getting dressed can feel like a pretty big chore, especially if you are working virtually or at home. While it may seem like a big undertaking, getting dressed not only boosts your self-esteem but also helps you to maintain a good routine. Having a routine creates structure and sets physiological boundaries between work and home life, a line that is continuously blurring. As you start this new year’s resolution, take it to step by step. Start with swapping your p.j bottoms for sweats, your sweats for jeans, your sweatshirts for colorful t-shirts—you get the idea. From there, accessorize by adding in your favorite jewelry, and only if you feel like it, throw on some shoes, just because you can. Don’t forget to capture this moment and share on your favorite form of social media. A simple reminder that you got up, got dressed, and look damn good in whatever it is that you are wearing. If you need some inspiration to do so, check out #WFH Work from Home Outfits that you can wear today.
Start Something New
That new business—start it! That Tik Tok page that you’ve been dying to create— do it! I know this new year’s resolution is much easier said than done. I am the person who would like everything planned out before I start something too. But sometimes, I have even had to step out on faith and make things happen. For instance, like this blog, I had no idea how to create a website and didn’t major in journalism. But, I knew that I had an excellent perspective to share and the desire to be creative in a way that I had never been creative before. After I found some great resources and reached out to a few friends, I put my words out there, and the rest is The Haute Seeker history.
do Something Nice For Someone
This is my favorite new year’s resolution. One of the simplest and easiest resolutions that you can do today is to do something nice for someone else. Whether it’s picking up the phone and calling that family member you haven’t talked to in a while. Or you are sending an encouraging note to that friend who has been going through a rough time, doing something nice for someone else without expecting anything in return.
Making Resolutions and Sticking To Them
Now that you’ve seen the resolutions. Let’s talk about a few best practices on how to commit to them:
- Start with one and add on to it.
- Keep them simple. The less complicated, the easier it is to accomplish it and stick with it.
- Set a time, date, and place of when you will accomplish your goals.
- Write them down and keep them in a place where they won’t go unnoticed.
- Share them with a friend and ask that they keep you accountable.
- Try not to be hard on yourself if you mess up. We all fall and have to get back up again.
- Reward yourself along the way, and of course, when you’ve completed your goals.
- Do it all over again. There is always something else bigger and better in store for you.
You’ve read the new year’s resolutions. Now it’s time to put it them into action. Let me know which one you will be starting today by leaving a note in the comments below.