Make way for 2018 — New Year’s resolutions you’ll want to keep
December 31, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Flipping the calendar sheet to the next month — especially from December to January — what a thrilling moment.
The promise of a new year floods our conscious with the turn of a page. We think of the potential, the fresh start, the closing of one chapter and the beginning of the next.
Perhaps that's why we tend to hold high expectations for New Year's Eve and the arrival of the New Year — thinking of all the things we didn't or couldn't do, our resolution list, now a laundry list of to-dos.
It's overwhelming, daunting even.
We resolve to make these grandiose changes — to do more, to be better.
Often, we tend to break our lofty New Year's resolutions, leaving us defeated, deterred until the constant cycle begins again next December 31.
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We're all human, perfectly imperfect. So when making New Year's resolutions for 2018, here are a few ways for coming up with attainable resolutions and persevering to make way for what's to come in 2018.
Take out your list of resolutions and make it simple, then crumple it up and make a new one. Don't resolve to become "the kind of person" who serves on committees or boards, transforms into an athlete or selflessly cooks, cleans, shops and supports everyone around them — there are only 24 hours in a day.
Make it count. Make things simple by deciding what's important. What are your guiding values? What gives you that energy, that vigor of life that makes you feel … you? Find that, do more of that.
Determine two or three things you want to accomplish long-term and then narrow that down to what you can do today, this week, this month. Just know that every day is a chance to try again, to learn and to grow from there.
The Power of ‘No’
Author Cheryl Strayed talked about the power of ‘no’ in The New York Times’ "Dear Sugars: Oprah Winfrey on How to Say No" podcast. She said, "When you're listening to the body, there's something to it. You feel right when you're doing the thing you want to do and you feel wrong when you know you should've said no."
This year I was faced with the stark reality that when you say ‘yes’ to just about everything, chaos ensues. We really can’t do everything. It's not humanly possible and the fear of missing out is its own tenacious beast.
"Look at where in you're life you're spreading yourself too thin," said Winfrey in the podcast. "Once you start to create boundaries from those things you could eliminate you get clear about what matters most."
You heard it from Oprah — create those boundaries. Say no.
Do it for yourself because it makes saying yes — with intention — significantly more powerful.
It's a distracting world that we live in. Social media, instant gratification when we try to work on too many things at once — efficiency is an afterthought and errors run rampant.
We all do it, sometimes without realizing or intending to.
Put down the phone. Shut off your email. Be strategic with your schedule by keeping a checklist or create blocks of time for specific tasks. At night make a list of five things you want to accomplish the next day. Read that. Right when you wake up. Just do it. Then, repeat.
Celebrate Your Successes
It could be as simple as laying down after a long day. Going for a walk at noon when the sun is shining — even if your morning was a whirlwind of emails, phone calls and deadlines. Take a minute to pause. Have your own celebration in whatever milestone or achievement you've reached. Doesn't matter how small or big, it's on your terms and you get to decide.
Time is such a fleeting, precious thing. What will you do in 2018 to make the most of it?