A challenge is up for the new year, for the new decade!
The year 2020 has started! It’s time to renew us! It is time to reintroduce something novelty that will improve our character, lifestyle, perception, and fullness. But what is your new year’s resolution? Is it attainable? Is it sustainable?
A lot of us sets new year’s resolution year after year, but after some time, your excitement and hard work of achieving it; suddenly fades away! Count me in. I struggle too! I kept thinking about my new year resolution, which can help continuously improve myself. A challenge is up!
So, I’ve looked back and checked the goals I have set, attainable or whatnot for the past couple of years. What were the changes I have made in myself which ultimately helped me these days?
Here are my top 4 Attainable New Year Resolutions.
#1. Learn A New Skill
Young or Adult, education must be constant. You don’t want to be stagnant; instead, you want to be creative and innovative to cope with our changing environment. For the year 2019, I have set a goal to learn how to drive and get my driver’s license. And yes! I did, and it’s attainable! I’m so happy that at my age of ’30s, I added a new skill to my bucket list and got my driver’s license. I thought it’s too late for me, but I have achieved another milestone with great grit!
You can do the same. You may enroll yourself in any courses. Earn a new skill of cooking, sewing, baking, driving, or could be gaining knowledge of programming languages, powered equipment, or tools. You do have many options! Choose whatever that interests you the most. If you don’t have funds, then we have the internet and YouTube where you can research, study and watch courses that will give you the skillset you wanted to gain. Education is a lifestyle. Learning is fun and beautiful, so are you!
#2. Improve Your Diet
Balanced nutrition is vital to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you gain and maintain a healthy weight, lessen your risk of chronic diseases (like cancer and heart ailments), and promote your overall wellness.
In 2016, I made a radical change in my cookery habit; I no longer use synthetic flavorings or any similar seasonings in my dishes. At first, I thought it was not attainable, but I now use condiments such as salt, pepper, herbs, and or spices to enhance my cooking flavor. I realized that adding too many synthetic elements to my dishes is unhealthy. Yes, my food may taste delicious, but it will cost my family and my well-being.
Another radical change I have made in my diet two years back was, I stopped eating pork. I have banned pork in my meal due to health and spiritual concerns. Yes, it may sound harsh and unattainable, but with the right amount of willingness and determination, I was able to manage. My goal is achieved and continual! Check which food you need to cut off, such as sugary, oily junk foods, or sodas. After all, it’s your health we are talking about.
#3. Habit of Reading
Again, education must be constant, and it is a wise lifestyle. Reading is vital since it helps you grow mentally, emotionally, and psychologically. Frankly, this is something I’m struggling with too! But comparing years back, I can say I hated reading before, and now I enjoy it. I’m not a book lover, though, but I get to see that I read some articles online like news, read good scriptures, and different books or any online content, which will give me incredible insights. You can also use the technology (gadgets) today to gain the habit of reading instead of soaking yourself in social media alone. Feed your mind of wellness too! And yes, limiting yourself from social media is attainable.
#4. Improvement of Self-Control
Self-control is essential because it can regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and conduct in the face of temptations and impulses. Self-control has a vital role in regulating own behavior towards achieving a defined goal.
In the year 2018, I tend to raise my voice or tone if I’m out of control during my work life. So, to soothe myself, highlight my points of view, prove that I am correct, and shut off the conversation in my favor, I became dominant. I was not fond of it at all. I was not happy about it. Most of us are out of control when emotionally, physically, and spiritually deprived. Because of this deprivation, we tend to shout and even use intimidating statements to defend ourselves. Shouting means you are in fear. In the long run, this will not help at all; rather, it will only hurt us more internally and mentally.
To remove this bad habit from my system, I have set a new year resolution, which I started to improve my self-control. I have learned how to manage stress, associate myself with happiness, and gain the habit of being silent.
In the end, it’s still up to you on how much willingness and determination you have in improving yourself. It’s hard to renew one’s self and incorporate a new habit into your lifestyle. But, the feeling of achieving your set resolution to improve yourself and your personality is invaluable! I was able to do baby steps independently, and I hope that my above list will give you a lovely vision of what will be your new year’s resolution.
Have a great kick-start and a blessed Year!
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. – Melody Beattie
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