We’ve made it to another year— and not just any year, but a lucky one: 2013! I’m choosing to overlook the myth that 13 is an unlucky number, and am instead encouraging others to make 2013 a very lucky year. And as the new year rolls in so do the resolutions, so here are a few pieces of advice to consider when resolving to make 2013 your best year yet!
Resolve to be Positive
Studies have shown that the way you word your resolutions may influence your ability to successfully stick to them. So don’t of think about what you’ll be giving up, think of what you want to gain! Instead of giving up fast food, think eating more healthy foods. Instead of spending less money on shoes, think of saving more money. Resolve to be positive!
Resolve to be Realistic
Be realistic while still challenging yourself. Whenever making goals, always set attainable ones. You always want to strive for completion and making a resolution that may be somewhat out of your reach isn’t exactly the way to go. This also goes for making a long list of resolutions; instead of taking on a list of 30 goals to achieve this year, try focusing on only 3-7. And if you only have one goal, that’s okay too. Just be sure that you can focus solely on that one goal.
Resolve to Reflect
Take some time and reflect on 2012. How were you blessed last year? Think of last year’s accomplishments as motivation for completing your new aspirations! What challenged you in the year? What resolutions did you not fulfill in 2012 and why? What resolutions were you able to keep? Taking a look at the challenging things that were in your life in 2012 can help you take a wiser look at how you want to shape 2013.
Resolve to Create Your Own Luck
Whether 13 is a lucky number or not, we are still lucky to be given another opportunity to continue to grow in all areas of our personal and professional lives. May 2013 bring you a step closer to being the best you you can be.