ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top 4 New Year's Resolutions

Updated on December 27, 2014

Happy New Year!

Source

New Year's Resolutions

Much like the birth of a newborn baby, New Year's signifies a time of hope, change, and renewal of our spirits. Even if only symbolically by flipping the page of a calendar, it gently reminds us to look back over the previous year for ways to become better humans, and to be grateful we've survived another year. So take a look at the top 4 New Year's Resolutions, and make yours happen this year!

New Year's Resolutions

How long are you able to keep the momentum going with your New Year's Resolutions?

See results

How to succeed at your New Year's Resolutions

  1. Spend some time brainstorming.
  2. Create a realistic and attainable set of goals, write these down, as well as outline a plan and time frame to make them happen. By knowing exactly what you want to accomplish, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. Even if it takes a series of "mini" goals to reach the final target.
  3. Remember that most New Year's Resolutions are lifestyle changes, it's going to take effort, perseverance, patience, and may feel very uncomfortable and awkward at first. You may encounter relapses, when this happens, focus on getting back on track.

SMART Goals

An excellent way of making New Year's Resolutions long lasting is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are many variants, SMART usually stands for:

  • S – Specific (or well-defined).
  • M – Measurable (and Meaningful).
  • A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
  • R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
  • T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

Fitness resolutions

Source

#1 Get in shape, lose weight, eat healthy

Many people around the world want to lose weight, eat better and get in shape. Not only for New Year's, but for a long and healthy life. Making diet and physical changes cannot simply be done with a quick resolution. You need to incorporate health maintenance and eating habits as a lifestyle! That means, not just for this year, but forever!

Again the importance of a plan cannot be understated. In order to succeed at this lifestyle change, you have to commit to yourself and to your health.

  1. Do not deprive yourself of your favorite food or treats, telling yourself "I will never eat cheesecake again" creates a binge pattern. Or worse yet, makes you give up and revert back to old habits! And that is the last thing you want!
  2. Moderate.
  3. Restrict calories.
  4. Get exercising! First, do what is appropriate and manageable for your specific health state and conditions. Consult a physician if needed, getting a physical is never a bad idea! Start small and increase intensity, routines, and changes.
  5. Consider joining a gym or exercise group which will help you stay accountable and focused.
  6. Celebrate and monitor success to improve momentum and stay committed!

Quit smoking

Source

#2 Give up vices, like smoking, drinking, or other drug use

Addictions can be the most difficult to change or stop all-together. Not only are they physical but mental, and often they are deeply integrated in our psyches and every day habits. Drinking and smoking being the major offenders. To the right, I've included other articles that are helpful for educating yourself and offering suggestions for quitting smoking success.

As with any addiction: food, smoking, drinking, or other substances, the main ingredient for success is the true and heartfelt desire to quit.

  1. Commit to quitting, you need to decide 100% that your health is priority.
  2. Guard your sobriety as if it was gold!
  3. Consider what you truly are losing by giving up something so unhealthy, keep this thought or thoughts at the forefront of your mind, especially when encountering triggers.
  4. Note your triggers and create new activities to put in their place.
  5. Join a support group.
  6. If you fall short and have a relapse, DO NOT give up!

Any success when it comes to addiction is always worthy of celebration.

#3 Organize finances, get out of debt, pay off bills, save money

Many people are up to their ass in debt and financial stress. They lose sleep over finances, damage personal relationships with arguments sometimes end up divorced, and encounter depression.

It doesn't have to be this way and you don't have to live like a poor person to make some significant changes. Use my tips and suggestions to save money, links are located to the right.

  1. Get organized, buy file folders to prioritize bills, expenses, and credit or student loans.
  2. Define your standard of living and figure out what you are willing and able to do without, give up, or modify. Brainstorm for ideas to generate additional income.
  3. Get rid of unused credit cards, or open accounts that you no longer have a purpose for. It's as simple as calling the credit card company and closing the account.
  4. Set payment goals for debt in reasonable and attainable intervals.
  5. Take a large deep breath, work on your plan, and remember that life "is what it is" and be still. If you are Christian, use a mantra, one as precious as "be still and know that I am God" to renew your faith and know that everything will be okay and work out. Worrying far into the future is futile, it's not here yet, so no point in driving yourself insane over it.

Idiot's Guide to Going Back to College

#4 Improve your education or find a better job

Self improvement should be a lifelong process, as well as feeding your need for mental, physical, and spiritual enlightenment. Doing these things shouldn't be a simple New Year's Resolution, but even if you are labeling it as one, it's a great start! And a step in the right direction.

  1. Always have your resume updated, seek help if needed from a career counselor, or even your local library. If you're just looking to change jobs, start looking! Apply for jobs you may not even be entirely qualified for, if it is something you're passionate about, or just really want, apply! What is the worst that can happen? You get rejected! So what. All you have to do is try.
  2. Make a point to learn something new every day, this could be as simple as taking up a new hobby, learning how to cook, reading a new book, taking a local Yoga or community center class. Anything that feeds and improves the mind is the goal!
  3. Research career options, income expectations, and evaluate your current skill set to get a clear picture of which direction you need to go to make your dream job a reality.

Happy New Year!

And always remember, life is a gift. Celebrate and appreciate it. You only have one, so live each day happy, excited, and strive toward growth, change, and perfection!

© 2013 Rebecca

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca 

      4 years ago from USA

      Hey Stephanie...I'm right there with you. I've had an exceptionally turbulent 2011-2013. I'm trying now to just chill out before I lose my mind. Some things you may find interesting...yoga, meditation, and lots of new age "living in the now" books. Thanks everyone for the comments.

      Oh...and Teaches...I have the opposite issue with calorie restriction, I need to pretty much force feed myself. I am trying not to dwindle away to nothing, sometimes I'm barely hitting 500 calories a day, i just lose my appetite. it's so stupid anymore. Seems the point is to find a balnce in everything!

    • stephanie mclain profile image

      Stephanie 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Hmm, habits and changes?

      I've decided this is the year that I work more towards being at peace with myself. I have struggled with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager, so this year I want to concentrate on just being still and quiet, on just being and not stressing out at every little thing. It's a work in progress. :)

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Restricting calories is what I am latching onto the next few weeks in order to balance my health once again. The holidays do take a toll on you, it's fun but it throws you off. Excellent advice, Bishop55.

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks everyone for all the comments! I think 2014 is going to be a very interesting year. As for habits and changes what are you all looking forward to?

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub to vote up. Wishing you a great year ahead.

      Eddy.

    • informationshelte profile image

      informationshelte 

      4 years ago

      Bishop55,

      Your article offers excellent guidance and practical tips on how to make and stick to New Year's Resolutions, as we are about to enter 2014.

      As habit is second nature, changing our old selves can be a really hard thing. However, we still have to try to make some steps of improvement. The step-by-step approach can be slow, but more effective in the long run.

    • mathira profile image

      mathira 

      4 years ago from chennai

      Bishop, when we make resolutions we should stick to it. Your suggestions were good and inspiring.

    • stephanie mclain profile image

      Stephanie 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Love the SMART! I don't think I've ever stuck to a resolution, but that doesn't keep me from trying each year. :) Voting up! Thanks for sharing!

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks! :)

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      Excellent hub, Rebecca! I like the inclusion of SMART goals. Voted up +++ and sharing.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)