Forget New Year Resolutions!

Posted by: Jo Banks

Date: 03-01-2017

Try these 5 activities for the next 21 days instead...


So many New Year resolutions fall by the wayside even before January is out. That’s usually because we don’t have a big enough reason for wanting the goal. It’s a ‘nice to have’ rather than a ‘must’ and, therefore, after the initial push, we lose impetus because the goal simply isn’t important enough to us. This often leaves us feeling negative and like we’ve failed or are somehow less than what we should be.

If you regularly set New Year goals and rarely see them through to completion, try these easy 5 daily activities which, when done consistently every day for 21 days, are guaranteed to make you feel better:

1.    Drop the negativity

Whatever you’re complaining about, stop it! When you notice yourself becoming negative, STOP and think of something positive instead. We can’t have two thoughts at once, so changing to something positive will make you feel better. A great way to turn problems around is to ask yourself better questions e.g.

  • What’s negative about this?
  • What can I see that could be positive in this?
  • Who can help me with this?
  • Is this true?
  • What do I need to do to turn this into a positive?

2.    Stop the gossip

If you feel the urge to gossip or talk negatively about another person, stop and change the subject. Gossiping could not only potentially hurt the other person, but affects your general wellbeing, adding to your negativity and general gumpiness.

3.    Do one good thing for someone else

Do something for someone else, selflessly and without expectation of reward or recognition. Helping others increases our sense of achievement and wellbeing. However, do be careful not to expect anything in return, as not everyone will thank you, which could potentially leave you feeling less than positive. Do something for others simply because it’s the right thing to do. 

4.    Have a ‘clear out’

Each day, choose one area of your life or one particular thing that needs cleansing. Your clear out could include:

  • Your desk
  • Your kitchen (or ‘that’ drawer in your kitchen where everything ends up)
  • Your closet/wardrobe
  • Your car
  • Your computer files
  • Your emails
  • Your friends (reviewing your friends list, removing friends who constantly drain you or are particularly negative can have a very positive impact on your life)

5.    Walk for 10 minutes

So many people fail at their exercise goals because they set the bar too high. Either they think they have to kill themselves in the gym or if they decide to go the walking route, think they absolutely have to 10,000 steps per day. Of course, if you can stick to it, that’s great. However, for many, it’s unlikely. Instead, aim to walk for at least 10 minutes a day (preferably outside). Once you make that a priority, you’ll find that you seldomly only do 10 minutes!


Research has proven that if we do anything consistently for 21 days, it becomes a habit. Adopt these 5 quick and easy activities each day and see what a difference they make to your positivity this month.

Happy New Year!


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