How to make them, how to keep them, who to tell, etc.
This year I starting thinking about resolutions in November. I was looking at all the stuff going on in the world and watching the media focus on food and drink for the holidays and of course the month-long shopping rush that begins around Thanksgiving. Juxtaposing this eating/drinking/spending with the standard resolutions of losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, getting finances under control, left me shaking my head.
So I decided to focus on changing the type of resolution rather than rehashing the standard ones.
I propose that this year, when you make your resolution, make it a positive one; one that adds something to your life, rather than focusing on removing something or reducing something.
Here are some of the ideas I had:
Learn a language
Take a course, learn something
Start a new family tradition (or re-ignite an old one)
Have a reading hour (or half hour) with the whole family
Try new foods (especially healthy foods!)
Reconnect with people you've lost contact with
Re-engage with a passion you've left behind
Pursue a new interest
Set aside time for yourself
Reconnect with your religion or spirituality
I am sure you can think of many more. Once you decide on your resolution I do recommend writing it down and making it SMART.
Here's a short piece I did on the local news the other day. (Three days post flu!)