Advice for Millennials on Making New Year Resolutions

Want more? Be prepared to expect more from yourself first.

I found it a bit ironic that the top organic search result on “new years resolution statistics” shows we’re just as apprehensive about making them as we are about not making them. The data surveyed roughly 1,200 respondents (#grainofsalt) showed there are just as many people unwilling to create goals for themselves as there are people who refuse to even try.

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So yeah, 2017 is off to a great start 😉   No matter where or when you choose to dip your toe in, I’ve found, the point at which you do so largely depends on why you’re doing it. In my experience, the point at which you’re in enough “pain” about something is the tipping point.

I wonder if the reason people are divided about making resolutions is because they inherently know they won’t follow through. Yet, human beings are inherently aspirational; we always want more for ourselves and our loved ones. But to get those kind of gains, we have to want more from ourselves.

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When you think about what you stand to gain, you get excited because it’s what you want!

I spent most of last year life-hacking my own schedule and routines figuring out how to make 1% shifts to be more consistent and become more aligned with what makes me happy. This year, I’m keeping it simple and building upon the things I put into place (trust me, it’s not always easy to keep yourself in line :P) Here’s a peek at what I’m going to focus on asking of myself in order to continue building a life I love:

  1. Read or write ever day.
  2. Focus on completing three high-value tasks each day.
  3. Planning the next day the evening before.
  4. Making health a priority – actively move or stretch and nourish my body.
  5. Learn from people I admire.
  6. Keep goals in a visible place and set check-points for myself ever three months or so.
  7. Have a powerful and inspiring ‘why’ for where I choose to invest my time.
  8. Insert more random dance breaks…maybe at work…maybe during my workout. You never know.

All I know is, if I’m dancing, I hope you’ll get up and join me 🙂