15 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Make This Year Your Best Year

15 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Make This Year Your Best Year

With the new year quickly approaching, it’s time to make our resolutions once again.

If you’re like most people, then you have a recurring pattern of creating a resolution, and forgetting about it in less than a month. Studies show that the reason why 92% of people[1] don’t follow through with their resolution is simple — the resolution isn’t exciting enough to get them to take the actions required.

We’re going to help you break this pattern today, because we’ve curated the top 15 new year’s resolution ideas that will put some fire into your belly. We recommend that you choose a few of these, and test them out in the next few days. The biggest mistake people often make is when they try to take on too many goals without having a specific direction to guide them.

Without further ado, here are 15 new year’s resolution ideas.

1. Travel to a country you’ve never been to

One of the biggest personal growth opportunities comes from discovering new cultures and locations that you’re unfamiliar with. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world alone, and it’s one of those rare situations that pushed me beyond my comfort zone.

    2. Less tech, more nature

    As we become a more connected world through technology, it can feel impossible to disconnect. This brings with it more stress, baggy eyes, and lack of connection (no pun intended) with the people we love most. You can use free productivity apps to help you block out the distraction and unwind.


      3. Learn a new language

      If you’ve been putting off learning a new language, this is the year to make it happen. As the world is becoming a more globalized place by the minute, having a foreign language under your belt is transitioning from a ‘nice-to-have’ to a ‘must-have’ skill in life, and in the workplace. Check out websites like Rype to get live 1-on-1 daily lessons online with professional teachers, anytime of the day.

        4. Invest 10% of your salary/income on yourself

        Warren Buffett is famous for sharing that the best investment you can make is in yourself. Whether it’s $100 or a $1,000, allocate a portion of your salary to invest in yourself. This could be your education, your health, your love life, whatever you want to improve in your life.

          5. Explore a new career opportunity

          If you’ve been in a career that is not maximizing your full potential, it might be time for you to take that leap and explore new options. There are limitless options out there, and you can start looking at popular job boards like Indeed, Monster, or even Craigslist.


            6. Rekindle an old friendship you lost

            Is there someone in your life who you haven’t been able to keep in touch with? Perhaps it’s a friend from high school, or it may even be a family member. One of the biggest regrets people have at the end of their lives is leaving incomplete relationships that should have been fostered. Take that step today and rekindle an old friendship before it’s too late.

              7. Commit to getting in shape

              No amount of money or success is going to matter if your health isn’t optimal. Getting in shape should be your number one priority, because it’s the foundation that will not only help you become more successful, but enjoy your success once you get it.

                8. Develop that skill you’ve been putting off

                Do you have a skill that you’ve been wanting to learn, but have been putting off? You may have been discouraged in the past because you weren’t picking it up fast enough. Try following some of these strategies to master a new skill faster.

                  9. Read one book every week/month

                  The more you learn, the more you earn. Kick-off the new year by committing to read one book per week (or per month if you know you can’t commit to one week).


                    10. Quit smoking

                    I recommend you read Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking[2]. Published in 1985, this book has helped millions of people, including celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres, quit smoking after implementing the strategies outlined in the book.

                      11. Go 80%

                      Everyday we huff and puff, trying to squeeze in that extra minute, paragraph, or meeting. But if we can work smart, it’s completely possible to get 95% done by putting in 80% of the effort in, and avoiding the unnecessary stress. The key is to choose strategically what you want to be working on.

                        12. Say ‘Hell Yeah’ or ‘No’

                        Derek Sivers has a famous saying of either saying ‘Hell Yeah’ or ‘No’. This means that unless you’re incredibly excited about a new opportunity and willing to give 100% of your effort, you should practice saying no. It will allow you to focus more of your time on what truly matters.

                          13. Give back through volunteering

                          We’re incredibly fortunate to have the lives we lead, no matter where you are right now. If you’re able to read this using a smartphone or a laptop, you’re more fortunate than the majority of the people around the world. Giving back through volunteering will not only give you perspective on how grateful we should be, but it will help you contribute to the community.


                            14. Become a digital nomad

                            The rise of digital nomads has arrived, and it’s here to stay. Our entire company at Rype is fully remote at the moment, including our language teachers, and we plan to stay that way.

                              15. Review your goals every month (not every year!)

                              The most impactful New Year’s Resolution may be to actually review your resolutions more than once a year. You can make adjustments based on how far you’ve actually come, and you’ll feel more motivated by reviewing it every month (or even every week).


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                                60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

                                60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

                                Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. It’s important to take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for that many of us take for granted.

                                  Here you’ll find 60 very solid things to be thankful for in your everyday life. These are great reminders for you to treasure everything you have.

                                  1. Good Health

                                  Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.

                                  2. Money in the Bank

                                  Having just a few coins makes you richer than most people on Earth.

                                  3. Good Friends

                                  Often, it’s the quality of friendships, not the quantity.

                                  4. Freedom of Religion

                                  Being able to worship whomever and however you want is something many people don’t ever experience.

                                  5. Your Parents

                                  Even if they’re dysfunctional, they gave you life.

                                  6. Weekends

                                  There’s something magical about weekends.

                                  7.Having a Partner

                                  Being in a romantic relationship can teach you so much about the world and yourself.

                                  8. Pets

                                  Pets offer one of the best examples of unconditional love.

                                  9. Learning from Mistakes

                                  If we never made mistakes, we wouldn’t learn much so it is one of those things we should be thankful for.

                                  10. Opportunity to Get an Education

                                  The opportunity to attend school is something many people don’t have.


                                  11. Having a Home

                                  Whether you live in an apartment, a mansion, or a tent, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.

                                  12. An Ability to Read

                                  If you’re reading this right now, you have a lot to be thankful for.

                                  13. Breathing Fresh Air

                                  Being able to step outside to breathe in fresh air is a good reminder how many little things we should be thankful for.

                                  14. A Bed to Sleep

                                  A bed is one of those things that’s easy to take for granted, until you don’t have one.

                                  15. Laughter

                                  Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.

                                  16. Safety and Security

                                  Being able to wake up without immense fear frees us up to really live life.

                                  17. Cars

                                  Without cars, it would take a lot longer to get our activities done.

                                  18. Sunshine

                                  The sun’s warmth can brighten any day.

                                  19. Time

                                  Although we often don’t think there’s enough of it, time is something we shouldn’t take for granted.

                                  20. Clean Water

                                  Many people on earth lack access to clean water.

                                  21. Cell Phones

                                  Cell phones make talking to loved ones easy.

                                  22. Love

                                  The world sure would be a different place if we lacked the ability to love.

                                  23. Books

                                  Books provide an opportunity to enter another world all from the comfort of your own home.


                                  24. Kindness of Strangers

                                  Never take the kindness of a stranger for granted.

                                  25. Campfires

                                  The simplicity of a campfire creates lifelong memories.

                                  26. Pain

                                  Without pain, it would be difficulty to appreciate life’s joys.

                                  27. Art

                                  The world would be less beautiful if art didn’t exist.

                                  28. Holidays

                                  Any reason to celebrate is something we should be thankful for.

                                  29. Freedom of Speech

                                  Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.

                                  30. Rainbows

                                  The beauty of a rainbow is unmatched.

                                  31. Tears

                                  Sometimes when there are no words to say, tears express how we feel for us.

                                  32. Waking up Today

                                  Simply waking up today means you have things to be thankful for.

                                  33. Indoor Plumbing

                                  Indoor plumbing not only provides convenience, it spares us from disease.

                                  34. Wisdom that Comes with Age

                                  Thankfully, we grow smarter over time.

                                  35. Mountains

                                  Mountains provide us with beauty and recreation.

                                  36. Eyesight

                                  Being able to see allows us to view the world’s beauty.


                                  37. Grocery Stores

                                  Grocery stores mean we don’t have to spend all of our time getting our own food.

                                  38. Sunsets

                                  Sunsets are a reminder that we should enjoy the simple things in life.

                                  39. Entertainment

                                  Entertainment gives us a way to relax and enjoy life.

                                  40. Your Mind

                                  Being able to think, remember, and solve problems sure makes life easier.

                                  41. Employment

                                  Even if you don’t like your job, being employed means someone thought you were special enough to hire.

                                  42. Diversity

                                  The world would be a boring place without diversity.

                                  43. Moon and Stars

                                  The moon and stars encourage us to dream.

                                  44. Electricity

                                  Electricity makes most of our chores efficient.

                                  45. Air Conditioning

                                  Staying cool on a hot day is something people wouldn’t have dreamed about in past centuries.

                                  46. Hearing

                                  Being able to hear your loved one’s voice is something that not everyone gets to do.

                                  47. Children

                                  Watching children laugh, grow, and dream can keep things in perspective.

                                  48. Ability to Learn

                                  The ability to learn new things means we have endless potential.

                                  49. People Willing to Teach

                                  Whether it’s your grandmother teaching you to knit or your plumber showing you how to prevent future problems, be grateful that others are willing to use their time and talents to teach you something new.


                                  50. Oceans

                                  The sea creatures in the ocean almost seem too mystical to be real.

                                  51. Modern Medicine

                                  Without advances in modern medicine, many of us wouldn’t be alive.

                                  52. Music

                                  Music brings out new emotions.

                                  53. Entrepreneurs

                                  Some of life’s best inventions resulted from an entrepreneur who was willing to take a risk.

                                  54. Warm Clothing

                                  On a cold day, there’s nothing more important than warm clothing.

                                  55. Freedom to Vote

                                  Being able to have a say in the laws should never be taken for granted.

                                  56. An Internet Connection

                                  It’s hard to believe how easy it is to take the internet for granted, seeing how none of us had just a couple of decades ago.

                                  57. Challenges

                                  Without challenges in life, we wouldn’t be the people we are now.

                                  58. Hiking Trails

                                  Hiking trails give us the chance to enjoy mother’s nature beauty.

                                  59. Vaccines

                                  Many of us wouldn’t be alive without today’s vaccinations.

                                  60. Armed Forces

                                  Our lives would likely be very different if we didn’t have protection from the armed forces.

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