I can’t believe this year is coming to a close and we are about to bring in the New Year! How did this happen? Each year seems to go by quicker and quicker.
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely HATE New Year’s resolutions. All they ever do is set me up for failure. I never lose those 15 lbs by February 1st. I never read all those books I promise myself I will (although I love to read I always overshoot what I’m actually capable of getting through). I never stop spending money on sh*t I don’t need.
Needless to say I will not be making any resolutions this year. However, I do have some great alternatives that work even BETTER than making resolutions. The things that seem to stick with me the most are when I reflect on the year that’s passed and think about what I want the next year to look like. These activities feel more like fun rather than pressure to accomplish strict goals. Here are my 5 alternatives to New Year’s resolutions:
- My Year Summary
My good friend and fellow life coach Shaina Leis came up with this fabulous idea called My Year Summary. She took the word Summary and created an acronym:
Success- #1 success from 2015
Upgrade-an improvement you’ve made
Moral-a lesson you’ve learned to take with you
Memory- happiest or fondest memory
Achievement-an accomplished task or something you’ve worked toward
Regret-what you wish you had done or didn’t do that you learned from
Yearning- #1 desire and wish for the New Year!
How brilliant is that? Just fill in the blanks and observe how you fill. This will help you to gain clarity around what you want this year to look like. You can check out more about this on her YouTube video THE BEST NEW YEAR IDEA EVER!.
Grab a piece of paper and a pen. Make 2 columns and title one More and the other Less. Under each column fill in what you would like more of and what you would like less of in the upcoming year. It might also help to free write in your journal before doing this exercise. Take a minute to reflect on the year and see what comes up for you. You might be surprised at what you wrote. After you’ve finished then create the more/less exercise.
- New Year’s Eve Game
This is an awesome game I found on Pinterest from a blog called Alice and Lois. We played this last year on New Year’s Eve with a bunch of friends and I have to say it was a lot of fun! It was also really interesting to see what everyone else came up with. You can play this with a group or just do it on your own. It’s up to you. You can also print out the cards or just write them down and read them off. Each card has statement like “Best conversation you had this year, day this past year you would live over and over, most memorable moment in pop culture, biggest lesson learned, favorite song of the year and best piece of advice you’ve gotten”. This game makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside just thinking about it. Read the card off and have everyone write down their response. Then go around and have everyone share. You’re going to get a lot of laughs and maybe even some tears!
Check out more about it and print the cards here New Year’s Game Free Printable.
- Word Of The Year
My friend Shaina also introduced me to this concept and I absolutely LOOOOOOVE it. Choose a word that is going to define your year. Last year my word was Fearless. Not I’m not afraid of anything fearless. More like I’m absolutely terrified but I’m going to do it anyway fearless. And it worked. Every time something would come up that I was afraid of doing, I would think about my word and it gave me the courage to do it anyway. It’s almost like a mini mantra. Come up with a word that will embody what this upcoming year will look like for you.
- This Year
I also found this great idea from a blog called Heart & Soel. It’s another fun fill in the blank activity.
A bad habit I’m going to break:
A new skill I’d like to learn:
A person I hope to be more like:
A good deed I’m going to do:
A place I’d like to visit:
A book I’d like to read:
A letter (or email) I’d like to write:
A new food I’d like to try:
I’m going to be better at:
You can also play around with this and change or add some of these statements. These are just suggestions but you can make it your own. The thing that I like most about this exercise is nothing feels stressful. These feel like attainable fun things. You can learn more about this on her blog This Year.
Whatever you do for New Year’s I hope you have a happy and healthy one! Cheers to the New Year!