New Beginnings For 2015: Five Simple Resolutions
Just yesterday it was still 2014 but now the footsteps of the new year has arrived. Yes, Happy 2015 to everyone!
It’s the start of a brand new year – the perfect time to plan what you want to change in your life.
New year resolutions have always had a bad reputation for being easy to make but darn difficult to keep. Well, if you ask me, all you need is discipline. Loads of it. If you have another person (like a partner or friend or coach) to keep you in check, I’m sure it will be slightly easier for you to stay motivated.
In the first blog entry of 2015, I would like to suggest five resolutions you can get started on.
Resolution #1: Take Inventory of Your Life Now
If you do not know where you are now, chances are you are unlikely to get to your final destination. Even if you were to ask Google Map, it will still need you to pinpoint your current location. Similarly, take stock of your life now. What’s in abundance and what’s missing?
Map out your action plan and plug the gaps so you can be on the path to reaching new heights this year.
One of the biggest reasons why many of us are too caught up in the web of things is because there is too much clutter in our lives. Clean out everything and start on a clean slate. You can as you have 364 new days ahead!
Resolution #2: Spend Time With Your Family
Amid the terrible air disasters of 2014, the message is clear. Do not take your family and loved ones for granted. Instead, spend quality time with them.
It can be doing simple yet heartwarming things like having dinner or a family outing. Spending time with your family helps build bonds or relationships.
No matter what, no matter where and no matter why – your family will always be your pillar of strength. I appreciate mine for standing by me and my decisions always.
Resolution #3: Start A Business Venture
In this internet world, starting a business is no longer confined to the rich and affluent. Anyone can start a business now. Taking a cue from my personal experiences, I proudly say this because my business ventures are essentially internet driven.
As long as you know what to sell and how to brand yourself, you will soon be on the way to closing more deals. You can do this on a part-time basis until the venture turns profitable before deciding if you want to sack your boss.
Speak to me if you need some coaching advice on this. I’ll be happy to help you out!
Resolution #4: Embark On A Fitness Programme
The feasting’s over. Technically this is true. We Singaporeans find every reason to celebrate by eating a lot – birthdays, parties, anniversaries, gatherings, farewells and hellos. All the good food has probably taken a toil on our bodies – shapewise!
In 2015, do something meaningful for your body. Embark on a fitness programme. It can be something manageable such as scheduling a jog around the stadium once a week. Once you get your momentum started and you start seeing results, you will naturally progress to up the ante further. You can also consider going to the gym for a workout to burn fats, lose weight and build muscle.
Just to share – when you start exercising, you will release endorphins (think happy hormones). Not only will you feel great, you will also look younger.
Resolution #5: Be Happy
Let me save the best for last. Nothing is really more important than being happy. Many times, we get too serious and sweat over small stuff in life. Chillax and take a step back. Laugh at your silly mistakes instead of beating yourself up. Forgive those who have hurt you with their actions and words as they never intended to do so in the first place.
In short, smile a little smile today. You will realise there is so much goodness in each and every one of you that is worth celebrating. Celebrate every little success as success builds on success.
Keep your moods high and spirits alive. Remember, happiness is a “contagious” emotion that is able to transform your body, mind and spirit.
Thank you everyone for your friendships and support over the years. Usher in the new year with these 5 resolutions that are easy to make and easier to keep! I wish everyone a magical year ahead in 2015!