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Embrace the Power of New Year's Resolutions with the top ten Most Popular

-   James Stevenson (MSc, IEA) - Coach and Psychologist

The New Year is upon us and it's time to craft our resolutions for the coming twelve months. The tradition of making New Year's resolutions is a chance to evaluate our past year and plan for a better future.

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The key here is to dream AND plan realistically and choose actionable steps to reach these goals. So, let's dive into this journey of personal growth and self-improvement together, exploring the top ten New Year's resolutions.

Top Ten New Year's Resolutions to Consider

Before we begin, remember, these resolutions are just inspiration. You're unique, and your resolutions should reflect your individual aspirational journey. Guideposts are wonderful, but the path you take is yours. Now, let's explore the most common 10 New Year’s resolutions and see how they can inspire your journey.

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1. Level Up Your Health and Fitness

Unsurprisingly health takes the top spot on our list. Improving physical health, whether through regular exercise or healthier food choices, boosts energy, enhances mood, and potentially increases longevity.

2. Seek Financial Stability

Taking definitive steps toward financial stability is a resolution many of us share. Identifying financial goals, learning to budget wisely, and cultivating saving habits are practical steps toward this goal.

3. Prioritize Personal Growth

This resolution could mean reading more, learning a new skill, or exploring different cultures. Personal growth, one part of wellbeing, enables us to embrace the inevitable changes and challenges that life presents and flourish in the process.

4. Engage in Wellbeing Practices

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Finally getting the attention it deserves, our mental health is paramount to living a fulfilled life. Some may go the way of meditation, yoga, or breathwork. Other popular wellbeing exercises include journaling, using your unique strengths in new ways, and going in to nature more often.

5. Foster Deeper Connections

Resolving to focus on relationships can lead to greater emotional satisfaction. Cherishing existing connections and forging new ones - personal, career, or community - can make life more meaningful.

6. Break Bad Habits

Addictive habits like smoking, excessive drinking, or social media can be tackled with definitive, incremental steps. Progress might be gradual, but the future is worth the effort. 

Aristotle - We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act. it is a habit quote

7. Pursue a Passion

Finding time to do something you love fosters joy and inspires others. Whether you've always wanted to play the guitar, paint, or start a blog, now's the time!

8. Contribute to Society

Standing for a cause or volunteering for local groups can give a sense of purpose and connectivity. Remember, to make a difference, you don't have to change the whole world, just one life at a time. Also, a little kindness goes a long way.

9. Seek Work-life balance

In the hustle of modern life, creating a balanced routine between work, family, and personal space is a winning resolution for the year.

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10. Travel and Exploration

Our final entry to the top 10 new year's resolutions has been popular for many years... Though somewhat dependent on world circumstances, resolve to explore new places—locally or globally. Experiencing different cultures and environments broadens our perspective, enriching our lives.

Making These Resolutions Work for You

With the top ten New Year's resolutions outlined, remember, these are just potential paths to a better you. The best New Year's resolutions are those that speak to your individual journey. Now, let's discuss how to hone, own, and enjoy your resolutions!

1. Clarity and Realism

Identify what motivates your resolution. Keep it realistic, achievable, and most importantly, aligned with your overall life goals. Break them into smaller, manageable targets. Chunk-size wins can keep you motivated throughout the year.

Ziglar - when you set goals something inside of you starts saying lets go lets go lets go and ceilings start to move up quote

2. Outlining a Plan

Planning is half the work done. Well, maybe not half, but a significant portion. Sketch out your potential steps clearly - what resources or skills you'll need, a timeline for your actions, and necessary adjustments in your daily routine.

3. Monitor Your Progress

If you're clear about what you intend to do or when you hope to do it by, you'll be able to keep track of your progress. This is where a lot of the motivation and perseverance comes from.

This process also gives you a foundation from which to celebrate your achievements, no matter how tiny, and use any failure as a learning experience. It helps to journal your journey or share it with a friend or coach, as it creates a sense of accountability and support.

4. Staying Consistent

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Consistency is fundamental to success. It's better to work slowly and steadily toward your resolution rather than rush through and lose momentum halfway. A focus on consistency helps make lasting rather than fleeting changes. 

5. Keep Your Spirit High

During the course of the year, there may be moments when you fall off track. That's okay. In fact, it's actually desirable as weird as it may seem.

Those moments are when growth happens, the brain makes new connections, and are often just before a breakthrough. Remember to praise yourself for your efforts.

Matsushita - The most admirable life is one where you can be proud of yourself and give yourself a pat on the backquote

Encourage yourself, just like you would a best friend. Pick yourself up, brush off the disappointment, remind yourself of the true meaning of setbacks, and continue. 

Reframing the Meaning of Goals

New Year's resolutions can seem daunting, but they're about embarking on a journey of self-improvement, not about reaching a perfect end-goal. Bruce Lee famously said "a goal is not always meant to reached", and if Bruce Lee said it, it must be true! Every step towards your goal is progress, no matter how miniscule it may seem.

Believe in yourself and your worth. Your resolution is a testament of your commitment to becoming more, expanding your capacity and influence.

Resolve to focus not on what's been left undone, but on what you're able to do from here and now, turning each hindrance into a new beginning. The more you can refresh your spirits in such ways the better. 

Embrace the fact that nothing is impossible, and as long as you're alive, it's never too late to reach for something new that matters to you.

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Throw Away the Fear of Failure

Often, fear of failure prevents us from setting goals. But remember, even if you don't fully achieve your goal, you're still far ahead of where you started.

Every setback is not a step back, but a set-up for a comeback. So, make that resolution, take that step. Be brave and prepared for set-backs.

Embrace Life, Embrace Change

As we approach the New Year, remember that change is the only constant in life. Incorporating it positively in our personal growth journey can lead to a fulfilling year ahead.

Cap it With Inspiration!

Your personal development starts with one step, one resolved action. So, motivate yourself and inspire others with your journey. Stand tall in your vision, walk your virtuous path proudly, you were born to win!

In the end, your New Year's resolutions are your pledge to live a better life. So, take a breath, dream, resolve, and step into the New Year with fresh hope, no matter where your starting point is. Your journey towards a better you starts from here, starts from now. Here's to a triumphant journey ahead!

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