Monday, January 2, 2012

Make a New Year’s Promise Not a Resolution

Happy New Year! Now is the time of year to proclaim a new year's resolution. Before you get on the 'lose weight' bandwagon, think of the resolution as a promise. The difference between a resolution and a promise is that the resolution is a pledge that you will do something, but a promise is stronger and more meaningful- it is a self made guarantee to yourself. Think about how you feel when someone makes a promise to you and it is not fulfilled. Here is a list of alternative promises that you can make and when accomplished you be a better and more improved YOU.

  1. Dissolve a toxic relationship.
  2. Let go of a grudge.
  3. Apologize when necessary.
  4. Work on eliminating a bad habit.
  5. Spend an extra 30 minutes a day with loved ones.
  6. Save $1 a week.
  7. Meditate more often.
  8. Read a book from beginning to end.
  9. Resolve a conflict at work.
  10. Start a daily journal.
  11. Organize your workspace.
  12. Get rid of old clothes.
  13. Organize a file cabinet.
  14. Mentor someone.
  15. Use a talent to your advantage.
  16. Build your network.
  17. Attend a conference or workshop.
  18. Subscribe to a newsletter or magazine.
  19. Take the stairs.
  20. Make a new friend.
  21. Participate in an online discussion.
  22. Take a trip someplace you have never been.
  23. Turn off the television for at least one hour a night.
  24. Turn off the computer for at least one hour a night.
  25. Wake up 30 minutes early.
  26. Go to bed one hour early.
  27. Focus on positive outcomes.
  28. Be happy with who you are.
  29. Accept people for who they are and don't try to change them- YOU CAN'T!
  30. Learn a new word each week.
  31. Lose a few pounds. (Okay I couldn't leave it off the list.)


Ninety percent of New Year's resolutions are broken with six months. Make a promise to yourself for the entire year and have a lasting impression on your persona and your attitude.



1 comment:

The Contingent Thinker said...

That's a great post, but have you also considered that there is a difference between new year resolution and promise. I learn't it the hardway.