5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To

This time, every year, everyone makes New Year’s resolutions that they swear up and down that they will stick to, and somewhere around February 1st that feeling and motivation dissipates.  Often times, these resolutions involve losing 20 pounds or backpacking in Europe for a month.  Instead of setting large goals, start with small goals that you can practice on a daily basis to create a habit.

1. Judge less – Instead of summing someone up by the way they look, dress, act, or speak, offer open ears and an open mind.  Do not assume the worst in people as they will consistently surprise you with greatness.  Realize that not everyone is on the same journey as you are in life.  Their karmic path is set and just because you do not understand why they do certain things, does not mean that they are not exactly where they are supposed to be at that very moment.
“…but you cannot judge others, because, since the energy your mind perceives does not incorporate the nature of their heroic goal, you have no way of knowing that what they are going through is not exactly what they needkarmically for their growth at this infinite point in their evolution.” -Stuart Wilde

2. Meatless once a week – Instead of trying a raw vegan, vegan, or vegetarian cleanse, just shoot for one meatless meal per week.  Meatless Monday?  I know we have all heard of it.  Be sure to include one leafy green, one vegetable, one protein, one fruit, and one starch.  If you continue this on a weekly basis, it will make you more conscious of your food choices throughout the week.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” -Albert Einstein

3. Unplug from the social world – Our lives are consumed with social media.  I think we are all guilty of being on our laptop, with our phone by our side, in front of the TV, all at the same time.  It is excessive and detaching from these distractions for a few hours each day will allow you to reconnect with those around you.
“Be here be now.” -Ram Dass

4. Reconnect with nature – It is easy to fall into the trap of waking up, going to work, eating, sleeping, repeat.  Instead, enjoy nature for at least an hour a few days per week.  Walk around your neighborhood, go hiking, go for a run, and look up local festivities in your area to walk around and enjoy, even if it is just a farmers market.
“The Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth.  All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.  Humans did not weave the web of life, humans are merely a strand in it.  Whatever man does to the web of life, man does to himself.” -Chief Seattle

5. Save more and spend less – Instead of setting a goal of, lets say, saving $5,000 by the end of the year, set a goal of saving $1 per day and increasing the dollar amount each day.  For example, today is the 2nd of the month so you can set aside $2.  Tomorrow you will set aside $3, Saturday you can set aside $4, and so on and so forth.
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Smith
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  1. Wonderful, and realistic, resolutions!

  2. Great resolutions!! I like the one about saving a certain dollar amount every day! I’m gonna do it :)
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  3. Love these and love this post. Too often we find ourselves setting pie in the sky ideas of what we thing we should do, not what we know we can achieve. I hope you had a fabulous holiday season :)
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