Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance; A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggest that today you carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Ask yourself what are your hopes for the future now you have reflected on the year that has passed? But this year instead of resolutions, write down your most private aspirations of your heart. Imagine that a year from now you could be living the most creative, joyous and fulfilling life, what would it be? What changes would you make? How and where would you begin?
Gretchen Rubin in her book The Happiness Project, she gives nine tips for keeping your resolutions (should you be that way inclined, I prefer aspirations and goals)
- Write it down, and be specific
- Review your resolution constantly, If your resolution is buzzing through your head it’s easier to stick to it.
- Hold yourself accountable, Tell people about your resolution, join or form a like minded group, score yourself on a chart.
- Think big, Maybe you need a big change.
- Think small, don’t assume that only a radical change can make a difference.
- Break your main resolution, into manageable tasks
- Keep your resolution everyday, weirdly it’s often easier to do something everyday than every few days.
- Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, think baby steps
- Consider dropping a resolution, if you keep breaking it. Don’t let an unfulfilled resolution bloke you.