7 Resolutions everyone should make for the new year

Most people resolve to either lose weight, exercise more, eat better, or get rid of debt.  Although all those goals are admirable, I believe that you should also make 7 resolutions that can make you a better person.

  1. Take ownership of your life.  In the coming year you should stop blaming others for your lot in life.  Objectively as possible, take a hard look at your lot in life and accept responsibility for the mistakes and/or decisions that you have made in the past that resulted in you not being who you want to be today.  (Note: after accepting responsibly for your actions that lead to where you are today, forgive yourself!  Beating yourself up every day for the coming year is not going to help you overcome any obstacle in your life)
  2. Forgive others who have done you wrong.  Granted, some situations you may find yourself in are not your fault –they may very well be the complete fault of someone else.  When you sit around and blame others for your debt, your disability, your divorce you are holding yourself back from overcoming and achieving the success you deserve.
  3. Try something new.  The best way to grow personally and overcome any obstacle, aversity or limitation in life is to try something new.  As the new year approaches, set a goal to do something you have never done before and do it!  When you complete it, you will gain confidence to do more in your life.
  4. Take calculated risks.  Although I do suggest that you try something new in the coming year, just make sure it does not endanger you or others.
  5. Set goals that are a bit outside of your comfort zone.  Regardless of if it is the start of the new year or not, the best way to overcome life’s obstacles, adversities and/or limitations, you should set goals outside of your comfort zone.   Never forget that success is always located just outside of your comfort zone.
  6. Help others.  If your life is plagued with dramas and personal problems that always leave you feeling depressed.  The best cure for that is to help others.  During the nearly five years I volunteered at the local hospital and seven years (and counting) of volunteering through Big Brothers, the ability to help others gave me a feeling of hope for my own life and the confidence that if I could help others, I could help myself.
  7. Expand your circle.  In the coming year, get out of your house, step outside of your comfort zone and get involved in life.  Do not sit on the sidelines.  Go out there and make the new year the bet year of your life.  As you do this you will be expanding your circle of not only friends, but of life experiences.  Remember, life is not a spectator sport – get involved!

Give as many of the seven suggested resolutions a try in the coming year.  And do not forget that I hope and pray that the new year will be the best year of your life.