With the unmitigated optimism of a brand-new year upon us, it seems that everyone wants to talk about their list of resolutions – a collection of innocuous aspirations geared to make 2018 infinitely better than past years. Yet for most people, those well-intentioned pledges soon get overlooked and tossed to the curb, like a dried-out Christmas tree.
As an older adult, you undoubtedly have a lot of potential ideas that could make up a good resolution list – everything from health and wellness goals to travel-, financial- and family-related plans. But the key is to get your resolutions to evolve into productive long-term habits and outcomes. The best way to do that is to set goals that are not only important to you, but realistic. And don’t be wishy-washy with them. Be specific. For example, don’t just say, “I want to lose weight.” Assert that you want to lose 15 pounds or to be able to fit into a Size 6 again.
Once you’ve done that, write down those resolutions and share them with friends and family members who can help you stay committed to them. Finally, give yourself a good incentive or reward for accomplishing what you set out to do, and make it appropriate. In other words, don’t reward your 15-pound weight loss with a hot fudge sundae. Buy yourself a new outfit!
If you don’t already have your own New Year’s resolutions by now – and aside from the painfully obvious ones (quit smoking once and for all, get more sleep, etc.) here are a handful of suggestions that could make a big impact on your 2018.
Remember, each New Year is a gift, another opportunity to take stock of your life and decide what you’d like to change. As the name suggests, a “resolution” is something you must resolve or commit to in order to receive the benefit. So make sure your resolutions are things that are worth committing to and take steps every day to see them through. Then, your unmitigated optimism and aspiration will be just as strong when the New Year becomes the “Old Year.”
*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living