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There Is Only One New Year’s Resolution You Should Keep
I heard a great quote the other day, and while I did not catch the source, it is worth repeating as we enter a new year. It went like this, “You may not be able to step back and start over, but you can step back and begin a new ending.” Life is not about living in the glories or regrets of the past or projecting them onto the future. Life is best lived in the power of NOW! This can be the beginning of a new ending of the life you desire to live.
According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, the top ten New Year resolutions in 2018 were all about self-improvement. I don’t know about you, but for me listing ten different means of self-improvement is an arduous goal. I would like to suggest that you reduce it to just one so you can focus entirely on it and see what happens in a year. According to the institute’s research, less than ten percent of resolution goals are achieved. But by focusing on just one, you can achieve it! As you enter 2019, there is really only one New Year’s resolution you should keep —to make it a habit to learn new ways of improving your quality of life!
When I talk about quality of life, many people think it is about more material things, but I suggest it be more about strengthened relationships, better health and well-being with daily happiness and spontaneity added as the spice of life. But I recognize only you can determine what quality of life means to you.
For example, I recently watched an off the grid show about a couple living in a tent with no amenities in Hawaii. I was sure, and as the program later revealed, that after three years the wife was looking forward to having a home with running water, a sink, indoor toilet and a shower. Obviously, high quality of life will vary, so don’t worry if your idea of quality differs from someone else’s. Be sure to ask yourself if you have happiness, gratitude, forgiveness, health and well-being. In addition to a relationship with God that is filled with love, care and purpose! When these are improved, quality of life takes on new joy and significance.
One of the best and easiest ways to get a habit started is following the habit loop as presented in the Power of Habits, a book by Charles Duhigg. First, make a list of the rewards you desire for your improved quality of life. Then identify the daily routines and be sure to set up your reminders in your daily routines. It is simple but profound and truly powerful!
For me, it started with writing a new book on the ten habits of wellness to improve my quality and meaning of life. Wellness is a vital force for purpose and meaning in life. Part of my meaning in life is to help others with insights and knowledge for greater wellness. It is my “why” for TriVita and TriVita Clinic of
To help you with your “one to keep” New Year’s Resolution of the habit of improving quality of life, I am also doing a Podcast featuring outstanding subject matter experts specializing in those daily life activities you desire to enhance. We start the New Year with Dr. Robert Wolfe explaining the necessity and benefits of the Essential Amino Acids to support your aging body, and yes, you are aging no matter what age you are! Then in mid-January, a real mind-bender with Andy Baxter on the “Exercise Prescription!” You will hear things about movement and function that will radically alter your view of exercise. A world-class athlete working with people 50-100 years of age, helping them enjoy an improved quality of life with movement and all its wellness benefits. The idea of “no pain, no gain” is a myth to improving health and well-being. Andy is insightful and has a wealth of knowledge to enhance your health!
Later in February, you will learn how to be set free from your past conflicts as you hear Gil Mertz share how he found freedom by forgiving. You can reconcile your past and reclaim your future with joy and happiness. Each month I will be podcasting with two outstanding guests with new insights and knowledge.
I invite you to commit to the “one to keep” New Year’s Resolution, make it a habit to improve your quality of life and join me for a fabulous year with renewed joy and happiness, health and well-being!