Each year millions of well-intentioned people set New Year’s resolutions certain that this is the year they finally achieve their goal of losing weight or removing the clutter in their lives.
The reality is that Baby New Year is barely a month old by the time most of the resolutions have been broken or even completely discarded. One reason for this is that they are often things that are difficult to do, or we would have accomplished them already.
The key to making this “the year” is by keeping your resolutions simple. One way of defining simple is eliminating all but the essential, so you can focus on what’s truly important in life.
The first step to making your pursuit different this year is to believe that you have a purpose, as well as amazing talents and unique gifts to give to the world. Rather than view your resolutions as being ultimately unattainable and a huge leap out of your comfort zone, start by taking small steps towards a better quality of life. By detaching from outcome, you will achieve your goals and so much more.
Let’s take a look at some new and simple ways to make this year’s resolutions transcendent.
Find Your Center
Meditating about 30 minutes per day will increase mindfulness and help you move toward your center. Many people consider themselves too busy to meditate. The best suggestion for them is to meditate twice a day, because clearly there’s too much complexity in their lives! Meditating is a simple resolution to keep because it requires no investment or equipment, just a quiet place where you can sit in remarkable silence. Create a visual imprint of your future, a marker for your soul to find. There’s talk about travel to outer space, however, covering meaningful distances will occur when you first take a trip to inner space – so view yourself as the ultimate vessel of transformation. It’s never too late to start!
Take a Social Media Vow of Silence
To help reduce the amount of time spent on social media, create a list of things you’re going to accomplish each morning prior to checking social media. Ask yourself if any of your favorite memories from “back in the day” include checking your phone? One suggestion is to commit to turning your phone off for as long as possible each day with the goal of eventually eliminating unnecessary apps or notifications. Even if you don’t post what you’re doing on social media, your activities still have value. Be sure to set realistic expectations for yourself, such as committing to going silent on social media for one then gradually up to a few hours or more each day – especially when you’re meditating!
Take a Walk
Walking is the most natural activity for the human body – and fortunately walking is fast becoming the oldest new trend. Make one of your simple resolutions a commitment to walking for at least 30 minutes a day on at least five days per week. Walking will help get you back in touch with the essence of your being – and help you find joy while you do it. There is a well-established link between walking each day and lower incidences of everything from heart disease to anxiety. Walking daily is another super-simple resolution to keep, and along the trail, you’ll be rewarded with enriching new friendships that are more socially cohesive than what’s offered in the virtual world. Another idea to get more steps in each day is to walk around your work building for 5 minutes each hour of your day, as opposed to sitting for long periods of time. It will require some intentionality but it will add up!
Stay on Track
Dali famously said, “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it”. So we can forgive ourselves when we don’t always strike the harmonious balance needed to stay off of a phone or sit around on the couch too much. Some days we are just less motivated than others. One way to get back on track with resolutions is to visualize yourself a year from now. This will go a long way in taking control of your thoughts and create constant affirmation. Chances are you will discover far greater fulfillment by pursuing your passions than you ever did pursuing possessions. It’s not always easy, but within you is the power of the mindfulness that can help make it happen. You won’t be alone as even businesses have resolved to help keep it simple as you can see in this inspiring video courtesy of SAP.
Start by taking small steps and find joy in your new beginning with your heart open. Remember that how you do anything, is how you do everything, so little things matter. The best gift you have right now is the gift of a New Year and with it a chance for fresh start – keep it simple and great things will happen!