Accomplishing a New Year’s Resolution (Complete with a List of Ideas!)

What is your New Year’s Resolution? As Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.”

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A New Year’s resolution is a concept millions of people in the Western hemisphere, and some in the Eastern hemisphere as well, have adopted. With the start of 2019, I will be the first to admit that I have a few of my own! It’s exciting to look at the fresh start of a new year and imagine the invigorating differences you can make happen in your life. While I like to look at these resolutions as more of just personal goals and lifestyle adjustments, it’s really one in the same. This year, I hope to finally try to accomplish my goal of exercising more to increase my stamina so that my little family can go on more rigorous hikes! I signed up with Beachbody on Demand at the beginning of December to be able to complete workouts from anywhere, and so far it has been going really well! Another goal that I have this year, alongside my husband, is to learn to step outside of my comfort zone and commit fully to opportunities (such as this blog) as they arise, no matter how scary and foreign they may seem. I know that New Year’s Day has passed—but joining in on having resolutions can be fun! They also can be hard to figure out sometimes, so in case you are struggling to figure out what change 2019 has in store for you I have compiled an ultimate New Year’s resolution list below that focuses on self-wellness and growth.

40 Ideas For Your New Year’s Resolution

  1. Learn to play an instrument
  2. Volunteer more
  3. Get more organized
  4. Rearrange your home
  5. Travel to a new city
  6. Read 20 novels
  7. Limit screen time
  8. Set sleep/wake up time to always being the same
  9. Exercise
  10. Eat clean
  11. Find love/go on more dates
  12. Start journaling
  13. Spend at least two hours a day outdoors
  14. Visit a National Park
  15. Go see a national monument
  16. Face one of your fears by stepping outside of your comfort zone
  17. Begin meditating
  18. Use reusable produce and grocery bags
  19. Stretch in the mornings
  20. Drink 10 glasses of water a day
  21. Go on a road trip
  22. Cut out meat
  23. Stop drinking
  24. Start an online business
  25. Quit smoking
  26. No longer order takeout
  27. Write down three things each day that you are grateful for
  28. Start tidying up and minimalizing by donating your belongings
  29. Make a savings account that you put money towards each week
  30. Stop eating any refined sugar
  31. Make an effort to meet new people
  32. Relax more often
  33. Go on hikes once a week
  34. Begin meal prepping each weekend
  35. Appreciate and notice the little things
  36. Watch more sunrises & sunsets
  37. Stop procrastinating
  38. Detach yourself from other’s negative thoughts
  39. Teach someone a skill you know
  40. Learn how best to reduce your stress

How to stick with your resolution:

As Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.” For a while now, it has been the rule of thumb that forming a new habit takes around 21 days. However, it is important to note that this has been proven by many scientists and psychologists to be false—forming a new habit can take much, much longer; on average it can take over 60 days. Of course, complexity of the new habit you are trying to make your norm is at play as well. So, what can you do to make the transition easier? For starters, take baby steps. Try not to be too unrealistic or set a lot of different goals at once and try to make them goals that don’t stray a ridiculous amount from the lifestyle you currently have. Another way to make your goals easier is to set them a bit more general to begin with and see where that takes you. One method of doing this is to think of a couple words you want to live by and give them a deepened and unique definition that almost acts as a short rule book for you to follow. For example, one of the words I hope to embrace this year is productive. I feel like I am constantly busy, but not necessarily taking actions that are doing anything productive. I want to be more intentional with everything I do, and more present in each moment. It is time to be in more control of my time, and make the best of it.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Did any of them make this list?

Best wishes on your 2019 endeavors! Let me know if I can help in any way 🙂

Breanna

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