New Year’s resolutions are typically about getting fit, eating clean, saving money or ticking a few things off the bucket list. These are great and if you stick to them, they can form amazing, life-changing new habits. This year, I am trying something different and focusing more about appreciating what I have instead of constantly reaching for something better. In this social media driven world, we are constantly comparing our lives to others. Doing what I do, I have experienced it even more so in 2017 and to be honest, it’s driven me completely crazy! I see myself drifting away from appreciating all the amazing things in life, neglecting my relationships and never being satisfied with my achievements. So, this year I am committing to 3 simple resolutions that I think everyone could benefit from. Bring on a fantastic 2018 that is all about positivity, love and gratitude.
Stop caring about what people think
We’re all guilty. Every day, from the moment we wake up, we live our lives caring what other people think of us. We tip toe our way through life by doing things in order to please others, not because it’s what we believe in. To be honest, we’re not that special! Instead of thinking about how others may be judging us, the truth is that those people are thinking the exact same thing. No one in today’s smartphone-crazed world has time in their schedule to think more than a brief second about us. When we do have time to get our thoughts straight, we’re too busy thinking about ourselves, not others. My resolution for 2018 is to know my values, put myself out there without fear and surround myself with positivity.
Focus on relationships
Work, money and wellbeing is important but this year my resolution is to focus on relationships – particularly those that deserve nurture. My goal for 2018 is to pay close attention to the people that have been there for me unconditionally and try harder to make them smile. Spend more time with family, bring gifts to loved ones for no reason, be kind and listen. The past 12 months have made me realise that money and success come and go but what truly makes me happy is the people around me and I want to make sure they are there for years to come.
Appreciate what you have
They say money can’t buy you happiness and I couldn’t agree more. There is always something bigger and better out there and happiness from a purchase is fleeting. My philosophy for 2018 is to appreciate everything I have and worked hard for. Same goes for relationships, my job and my health. My goal is to appreciate successes, triumphs, progress and to stay motivated. Don’t be let down by what you may be missing because happiness comes from being thankful and celebrating all the small achievements with positive people.
What are your new year resolutions? Tell me in the comments below!
Happy New Year!