Happy New Year! How to keep your resolutions this year!

January 01, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right,” Oprah once said. 
 
With the beginning of the New Year, we are given another opportunity to start fresh and welcome 2013 with a positive attitude and open arms to a new beginning. This is our year to “get it right,” as Oprah would suggest. We compiled a list of inspirational quotes and tips that encourage fresh starts and positive attitudes. We hope these words of wisdom will trigger positive action and help you find happiness and success in this coming year. Cheers to 2013, to a New Year and new beginning! 
Every year individuals reflect on the past year, pinpointing what exactly they can work on to be happier. While many of us go into the New Year with resolutions on our mind, the reality is they often slowly disappear a few months later. According to Forbes, by June, 54% of people have abandoned their resolution. The reality is, we set high (and sometimes unrealistic) standards that cause us to hold ourselves to an unreachable goal. As much as we would love to start working out tomorrow, and every other day for that matter, the truth is that usually doesn’t happen, or it does for a weeks and eventually stops. This year, instead of creating potentially unrealistic resolutions, focus your attention on small lifestyle changes that will help achieve the results you wish to seek.  Here are 10 tips for a positive 2013:
 
  1. Remain Positive. All things are possible. Keep an open and optimistic attitude and you will be surprised by what you can achieve. Just because you are having a bad day does not mean it has to be a bad year.
     
  2. Enjoy your morning. Instead of waking up just in time to make it to work or sitting in front of the TV while you drink coffee, take a walk or meditate for 10 minutes. You will create a productive mindset and find yourself more balanced and clear headed.
     
  3. Get more sleep. As delicious and caffeinated double-shot lattes are, coffee does not replace sleep. Aim for 7-8 hours and you will definitely notice a difference.
     
  4. Think of the present. Instead of spending valuable energy on gossip, negative thoughts, or issues you cannot control, spend that energy in the positive present moment.
     
  5. Follow the 3 E’s. Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
     
  6. Don’t give up. Hard work pays off.
     
  7. Read more books. You can never read too many books. This year, read more books than you did in 2012.
     
  8. Make family a priority. Despite what goals you have or what you want to achieve this year, do not let those goals get in the way of your relationship with your family. Spend time with those you love, be in the present moment, make them feel important, and let your actions prove that you care. Family is more important than money and success.
     
  9. Treat people right. Live by the golden rule: treat others, as you want to be treated. Take time to appreciate them, spend time with them, encourage them, challenge them, support them, listen to them, and make them feel like they matter.
     
  10. Go out of your comfort zone. Do not live a life simply to seek “comfort,” which only leads to mediocrity. Instead, do not settle for less. If that means going out of your comfort zone do so, then do it. Like Jim Rohn said, “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
 
And above all, believe in yourself. E.E. Cummings once said, “Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” Start living your life how you want to live it. Whether you had a great year or a bad year, it is all about this New Year. We wish you a year filled with prosperity, love, success, positivity and adventures! Take this opportunity to start fresh and welcome 2013 with open arms to the possibility of new beginnings. Happy New Year! 
 

 


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