It’s that time of year when nearly half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions they likely won’t keep. They are well-meaning folks who like the clean slate that January 1st offers. And it pays off—if they stick to their goals.
The problem comes when we break a resolution. It can feel like we’ve failed, and then the easiest solution is to ditch the goals altogether.
The solution? Making resolutions that will keep you inspired, so much so you’re almost sure to achieve them. If you need some ideas, here are five New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually want to keep.
Spend more quality time with people who matter
Too often we mistake quality time with quantity time. Just because we’re physically with those who are important to us, doesn’t mean it’s time well-spent. Make it your goal to plan quality time doing meaningful activities with those who matter most to you.
Make dates with your spouse, play dates with your kids, and schedule outings with your close friends. And spend that time getting to know them better, listening to what’s in their heart and building a connection that will last a lifetime.
Spend less time worrying about things you can’t change
The time you spend worrying is time wasted. Worry never changes anything, and it’s counter-productive. It affects our health, making us tired and stressed. So ditch the habit of worrying. Instead, focus on the things you can change.
Spend more time changing the things you can
Spending your time worrying or trying to change things you have no control over are wastes of time. And it’s time you can never get back. Doing this causes frustration and can lead to anger.
Learn to recognize the areas of your life that are within your control—the things you do, what you say, what you think about, and what you know. Focus on making these areas the best they can be in the new year.
Read more and watch less
The average American wastes a lot of time watching TV. Time that could be better spent doing something productive, like reading books to develop themselves. Books are great resources for gaining knowledge on a wide variety of topics. And reading keeps our minds active and young. Start by finding the types of books that interest you and make it a habit to read often.
Declutter your mind
Do you sometimes feel stressed from too many events in your life? Do your thoughts overwhelm you at times? It may be time to declutter your mind. A mind that is cluttered is restless and lacks focus. It tries to accomplish too many things at once and gets little done as a result.
A good way to begin the new year is by decluttering the mind. Start by organizing any physical clutter in your environment. This will do much to relieve some stress in the mind. Next organize your thoughts by writing down important information. Then limit the amount of information entering your mind at once. Take time to breathe and relax, and give your mind a break. You’ll be thankful you did.
Dr. Coleman is a leading cosmetic dentist in the United States, as well as an international lecturer in dental techniques and technology. With a great sense of humor and a sense of compassion for others, Dr. Coleman takes pride in improving the lives and smiles of his patients.