Now that we’re a week into 2014, how are everyone’s resolutions going? Did you make any? Lately I’ve noticed a general attitude of opting for a theme or making small changes in order to better yourself instead of the usual resolution setting. Resolutions like, “Ill work out more this year.” Or “This year I wont watch as much TV.”
Personally, I don’t see why making small changes wouldn’t work hand in hand with making your resolutions a reality, but in any case, I am a huge fan of the spirit of bringing on positive change by resolving upon a decision to affect your life or bringing on a new theme. So since the idea of setting a theme for yourself is a bit new, I thought I’d introduce it a little more and also throw out some ideas of how you can help yourself and others by choosing a new theme for 2014!
Health and financial goals are involved in the two most popular types of resolutions. According to Melissa Burkley, associate professor of social psychology at Oklahoma State University, “Content of the resolution doesn’t matter as much as how the resolution is set,” …“You can approach a … goal in a way that guarantees failure, or approach it in a way that will guarantee success.”
Persistence is an example theme that works with setting goals and can also apply in almost every area! If health is a major focus area for you then you could participate in events this year such as a walk for Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. If you have a financial goal in mind, re-evaluate some of your spending habits, and perhaps you’ll save enough to be able to donate to a worthy cause. May I suggest the Whole Planet Foundation, where %100 of your donation will go to a micro-lending program? If you’d like to travel more, look into the many wonderful opportunities for eco-tourism.
“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Deciding on a theme, setting goals to get to it and creating the change that you’d like to see in your life takes persistence anyway so why not make that the theme and get going?! No matter how you started this year, be persistent, and grab onto every opportunity to help others and yourself in 1014, and every chance to help others is a chance to better yourself!
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
- Mahatma Gandhi