The New Year’s Resoution

Welcome everyone to 2013. It is that time of year when we renew or create those resolutions that are only good for one month at the best as we tend to fall back into old habits rather quickly. So here are some ideas for keeping resolutions this new year:

  1. Make sure that any resolution you make, both individually or as a company/organization, etc. is actually achievable. This will ensure that you at least have a chance of success.
  2. Check every month to see how you are doing with that resolution(s). Put it on your day timer or “to do” list. Keeping track of promises you make will also help achieve success.
  3. Keep it simple. If you promise to save the world in one month, make sure that you can accomplish that and then let the rest of us know how you did it.

So how about some suggestions for everyone for resolutions:

  1. Really focus on the “one second rule”. Remember that one? Take on extra second to do everything and you will be amazed how much more you accomplish and how your stress levels drop.
  2. Resolve to eat healthier and get some exercise. Now this will take a bit of time for many but it is not that difficult (and this is coming for an ice cream junkie). Exercise comes in many versions so start out with some easy ones like going for a walk every day. If you have dogs, they will appreciate this too.
  3. Take time to get to know more people both in your community and in your company or organization. I mean take it beyond saying “hi” every morning or day. Everyone is a real person.
  4. When talking to people, put that Blackberry, I Phone or IPad away and focus on them.
  5. If you don’t have a bucket list, make one. And then resolve to knock off one item on your list this year. Life is too short.
  6. Review everything you write before sending it out. This again is one of those “one second rule” items.
  7. And finally, read more. Over the holidays, I managed to read 4 books. Reading accomplishes many things including taking the time to relax.

Can we all do these things? Yes indeed and they are all achievable and will help you to face the challenges of 2013.