It’s a new year, a new beginning, why not a newly improved YOU? New year’s resolutions can be hard to stick to especially when they’re a bit demanding. And yes, I know this is a redundant and old topic but I think it is still worth talking about. I came across some easy-to-follow resolutions from Hillsong Church and I want to share 🙂 (I picked out a few from their list of 33)
Pick and choose. Don’t have to have all on your list.
1. Write once a week – Get a journal, write and keep writing. Everyone has something to write about. Write about your dreams, your goals, your prayers, your worries. Just write.
2. Learn a new skill – This is one is on my personal list haha. I have been telling myself I would learn to play the piano and the gutar, well, the time has come. No more “I Wills” for me. I’m starting with one – the Guitar, because my hubby plays well and he’s a good teacher. 🙂
3. Take Risks – Take risks with people, with ideas etc. Reach out to that person you don’t like at work or school etc Take risks with yourself; go out, have fun. Don’t be reckless or do anything dangerous :). Step out and start a business and follow through. Take good risks.
4. Serve in church – This doesn’t have to be every week, can be once a month.
“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building”. 1Corinthians 3:9
5. Stop and celebrate your wins – This one i really like. We tend to go on and on without stopping to notice the things that we have achieved or the tasks we completed to give ourselves a pat on the back, to celebrate those wins regardless of how small they may seem. Giving thanks also falls under this – there is so much to be thankful for. Our lives, our family, our children, our jobs, our home. When you stop and look back, you’ll find a lot of wins to celebrate and be thankful for.
6. Mentor someone – Wow!! This one. This is a selfless resolution. Do it, think of someone else for a change. Pour into another person’s life positively.
7. Listen more, Talk less – HAHA!! We all need this on our list
8. Make new friends – There are so many people around us that need someone to love on them. It could be at work, school, your regular grocery store. A kind word, a smile, something so simple could make their day and make them feel alive again. We need friends ourselves. Find someone to be friends with.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
9. Smile when you’d rather frown – This is self explanatory. SMILE.
10. Read a book
12. Plan to be generous – Be generous, not only financially. Be generous with your kind words, encouragements, your smile. Be generous.
13. Put your phone down – In our current technology driven world, it is sometimes hard to set down our gadgets and focus on other things like learning your new skill, talking with our spouse, being silly with our kids and also to have quiet times – reading your bible, praying and just listening to God. Make it habit to put your phone down and rechannel your time and mind on something else.
14. Call your family – Check up on your loved ones. See how they’re doing, tell them you love them, make them smile.
15. Schedule reminders to encourage someone
16. Drink water and eat fruit – Take care of yourself. Your body is God’s temple and it should be healthy. Make a habit of having some fruit everyday and vegetables with your meals. Drink lots of water and try to exercise at least twice a week.
16. PRAY – This is the most important of all. Make sure this one makes it on your list. Prayers move mountains.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually.
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.
These are my favorites. I hope it helps someone. You can add more to your list but remember, do not overwhelm yourself because that’s when we tend to tire on your resolutions. Have fun and be blessed.