Every year, when the calendar resets to January 1, we all start thinking about 'resolutions' to be our best selves. It seems as though the popular topics include fad diets, eating healthy and exercise routines. But when was the last time your resolution lasted longer than February?
That's what I thought!
That's why we should look past the 'norm' and make resolutions that are more meaningful. Do something to change your heart, soul, mind, or community, NOT your waistline (not to discourage healthy eating habits and exercise too!)
So, I present some New Year's Resolutions that will make you feel good:
1. Spend time with those who lift you up
Whether it is a mentor, boss, friend, parent, sibling, significant other, etc., you should surround yourself with sources of motivation, NOT people who make you feel badly about yourself.
2. Make time for YOU
In the wise words of Tom Haverford (Parks and Recreation), "Treat yo' self". You're a hard worker, and you deserve it! Treat yourself to a 60-minute massage, go for a walk for some alone time, take a bubble bath, or if you want that extra slice of pizza or a sweet treat, go for it! Whatever feels good to YOU.
3. Designate time for no electronics
Okay, we've all heard this one before, and staring at your screens before bed is bad for your sleep schedule anyway. But seriously, consider putting down that phone or laptop and picking up a book or newspaper (do they still make those?!). Even if it is just the 30 minutes you spend getting ready in the morning before work, find some time to 'disconnect' and focus on what is right there in front of you.
4. Give to a cause you believe in
If you are reading this blog because you are already an Emerging Leader and give to United Way, GREAT! If not, that's okay too. There are countless non-profits and charities that would benefit from your support. Do some research, and feel good about giving back. Even a small amount will go a long way.
5. Find volunteer opportunities
What feels even better than donating some money to an organization? Actually getting out there and volunteering at one! You can find volunteer opportunities for just about any interest you might have. Love dogs? Volunteer at a pet shelter. You could also tutor a student, help clean up a park, prepare meals for seniors, work in a hospital, and more!
6. Learn that it is okay to say "no"
If you find yourself swamped with obligations both at home and at work (outside of the responsibilities that are in your job description), start to say "no"! It will be hard at first, but it'll be worth it. No one will think less of you if you say no to that happy hour or taking on that work that someone else has slacked off. Just say "no"!
7. Try something new
"I am still learning" - Michaelangelo (age 87)