Happy New Year! I am very excited for this time of year. It is a chance for personal growth. A time for us to become better versions of ourselves, unlock our personal strengths, and set better habits for our daily lives. Aristotle said it well,
“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
So I write to share how you can become a better version of yourself in 2015, not through one-time resolutions, but instead through little things that you can do every day. Here are some habits for personal growth:
- Research three foods that you eat regularly that could be cut out of your diet, and three foods that you can replace them with. For example, replace afternoon soda with tea.
- Review the money you spent in 2014 and research new apps to help you manage your money and save. Check out Acorns and Intuit’s Mint.
- Write down 5 things you seek to improve about yourself in 2015, accompanied with 3 things you can do each day to reach those goals.
- Schedule one Saturday per month to explore something new. If you live in a city, go visit a neighborhood you haven’t been to. Or, watch a series of videos on Kahn Academy and learn something new.
- Join an exercise class and find a buddy to share recipes with for healthy meals for you and your family.
- Join a new group you find interesting to meet new people. If you can’t find one you like, start a new one! Meetup.com is a great place to check out.
- Think about yourself at the end of 2015. Are you where you want to be?
- Clean out your room and donate or sell anything that you don’t wear anymore. I use the 365 rule. If I haven’t worn it in 365 days, I take it out.
- 1st/3rd set up a reading nook in the house. Read 10 books this year.
- 3rd/3rd call a friend to share what you plan to do in 2015. Hear from them to be inspired.
- 1st/3rd consider new ways to help you and your family be more collaborative.
- 3rd/3rd make a plan for you and your family to help accomplish this year’s goals.
- 1st/3rd stay focused on those 5 things you wrote down with your Structural brain.
- 3rd/3rd read a new blog every day for daily inspiration. Sign up for the Emergenetics blog, it is a great place to start!