We’ve all done it; we’ve all contemplated the on-rushing year ahead convinced that this is going to be the ONE; this is going to be the year where great things really start to happen. We carefully plot and plan with a wealth of positivity usually brought on by far too many feel good films and an inordinate amount of Quality Street. Nothing is left unturned in our quest for a better life and from adventure holidays in tropical lands to meeting Prince or Princess Charming – this is the year that we’re bally going to do it!
Now, fast forward to mid-January and reassess your resolutions. How many are still intact and how many have brought you the health, wealth and happiness that the dawn of a new year promised?
Below are five tried and tested resolutions to give you some ideas for January 1st. All that’s left to say is – keep your goals achievable and if at first you don’t succeed don’t wait until next year to try and try again!
Christmas has become the season to indulge and from mince pies to brandy butter the likes of Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver are falling over themselves to present ways in which we can fatten ourselves up like a goose’s liver. It’s not surprising that a new gym membership or training schedule is at the top of most New Year’s resolution lists.
Start off slowly with a few simple tweaks such as: walking or cycling to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or visiting the local swimming baths.
There’s no need to go over the top with Lycra, gym passes and state-of-the-art equipment, when sometimes all that’s needed is a good-old-fashioned breath of fresh air. Note: Just remember that you’ll need that extra Xmas pudding padding for the remaining winter months so don’t go over the top on the salads just yet!
Whether you’re looking for a new job, a new partner or a new you, the 1st of January is as good a place to start as any. Imagine who and where you’d like to be in a year’s time and then create a plan of how you’re going to get there.
Abstaining from something e.g. caffeine, cigarettes or meat is a great way to develop your will-power and also empowers you to take control of your own destiny. Getting up a little bit earlier to exercise, watch the sunrise, or enjoy breakfast at your leisure, is another lifestyle change that will invariably create a stronger and happier you.
There are plenty of ways that a New Year’s resolution can change your life for the better, but remember that if it’s mid-January and you haven’t taken your new trainers out of the box, or picked up your brand new electric guitar – don’t worry, there’s never a better time to start than the 1st of February!
There’s a big wide world out there, and from single holidays to taking a year off there are plenty of ways to travel and expand your mind.
Write a list of places you’d like to visit, and what you’d really like to do when you’re there. From the internet to the travel section at the library the world is getting smaller and chances to explore by coach, train or plane enable everyone to have the opportunity to spread their wings. Next step is to save your beans, book time off work and go for it!
Learn a Musical Instrument
These days you’ll find plenty of assistance on-line as well as loads of helpful music shops that are filled with books, instruments and useful advice. Little and often is probably the best way to start, and don’t get too disheartened if your tunes don’t come out quite like they ought to.
The main thing is to set yourself a few minutes aside each day to practice and then in a year, 2 years, 5 years – you’re bound to be better than if you’d never started!
Learn a Foreign Language
No matter what your reasons for learning a foreign language, there are numerous books, DVDs and groups to get you started. This is a fabulous idea for a resolution and combining your studies with a trip to the native speaking country, will give you both something to aim for and the ideal destination for further practice.
Take baby steps at first and try to combine your lessons with cultural activities e.g. food, music or films with subtitles. Tip: Test different methods of learning, and try to find a language group in your local area.
Chris is making a resolution to go on at least two adventure holidays next year!