10 Resolutions to Change Your Life in 2021
TopEvery New Year’s Eve we make tons of resolutions, whether it’s to try daring style changes, drink less, setting up a business or losing weight. The fact that most of us quit and never even achieve these resolutions is probably due to a lack of motivation. We often fall into the trap of giving it our all or nothing. Which is bound to cause you to fail. Instead, try making small changes to your everyday routine gradually. Gradual changes are much more likely to last longer.
Try one or all our ten resolutions that are guaranteed to improve your life in 2021. This list includes impactful improvements for your health, happiness and well-being.
Arrange a one-hour phone call, skype session or even a meeting in person where you talk to someone you trust. Ask them to hold you accountable for your actions, address your mistakes and help you resolve them. You can talk just about anything such as life goals, addiction, letting go of bad habits, etc. Make sure you are brutally honest and the person you are open with, lovingly addresses you. Do not choose someone you are not comfortable with or are afraid of. Accountability will lift you up, give you a sense of comfort, ease your anxieties and let go of daily stresses.
Donate to a Cause
Giving back to the community monthly will let you empower others and help you empathize. Choose your choice of nonprofit organizations to volunteer at and make a change, even if this means giving $50 a month. After all, God has blessed you so that you may bless others. Besides, you will get a warm fuzzy feeling inside and you won’t feel like the mean, old Grinch all year round. Moreover, depending on the organization you donate too, you may qualify for a tax deduction. This can get a little confusing so consider using an expert to help you file your tax return just to make sure you have everything correct and in order.
From 2021 onwards make better decisions in life and while shopping. Instead of purchasing items in a plastic bag, carry a tote bag with you. Instead of buying from big brands support local farmers to enable families to get out of poverty. You can even stop purchasing cheap tank tops for $2 which are stitched by underpaid staff working overtime, instead get a $10 tank top which will help sustain families. If you make these small conscious decisions, you will be indirectly sending a message to the manufacturers as to what you are willing to support and what you are not willing to put up with.
None of us is perfect and we all make mistakes and say hurtful things in anger which can leave a lasting impact on our loved ones. Pick up the phone, ask them to meet you for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Apologize for your mistake and seek forgiveness. You can also write a letter, even if you do not get a response it is alright since it does not have to be reciprocated, it just has to be said so you can let it go.
Perhaps someone hurt you intentionally or unintentionally and you find yourself dwelling on it for hours. Sometimes we are unwilling to forgive them since they don’t deserve our forgiveness and if we do, they might win the war. This concept is utterly exhausting because it nurtures an unhealthy obsession. Instead, think of it this way, forgiveness is actually letting yourself win. It allows you to heal and move on. It benefits both parties. Whether you want to communicate it or not is entirely your own choice. Try it to notice a difference in your own state-of-mind.
Maintain a Gratitude Journal
This activity is relaxing and enables you to appreciate every little blessing life has to offer you. Most of us pass by days without even once stopping and thanking God for the blessings we have been bestowed with. Just take 10 minutes from your morning routine before even having breakfast, write down your blessings, you can try it before heading to bed as well. This will let you recap the day with a smile and enable you to have a positive outlook on life.
You do not need a gym membership to get motivated, simply get moving. If you enjoy yoga sign up for a yoga class, if you enjoy working out outdoors sign up for it, so on and so forth. You can take small walks during lunch break, breakfast or even just parking a little farther so you have to walk to the store. You can start by exercising for 5 to 10 minutes daily with 10-15 reps of your choice of exercises.
Volunteering enables you to get a hands–on experience of helping those in need. You can donate your time and effort into building homes for the less fortunate, educating children or even collecting donations from other people.
Get Your Friends Involved
Spread the goodwill and encourage your close group of friends to volunteer. It will help you bond and enable you to work towards a cause. Your friends can combine funds monthly, go out on food drives or even collect old clothing items for donation.
In our fast-paced schedules, deep reflection and slowing things down can cause a monumental shift in our thought process. Whether you are dealing with a negative situation, trauma or other people’s drama meditation can be helpful in navigating through these feelings. It helps you let go of stress, re-engage the prefrontal cortex of your brain and lets you make mindful decisions.