Don't make New Year's resolutions – just do something
"Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual resolutions. Next week, you can begin paving hell with them, as usual." -- Mark Twain
Mark Twain was a smart man. He knew what the rest of us just won't admit. New Year's resolutions just don't work. Why? Because we are all human. It's also because we usually set goals that are way too lofty – we couldn't reach them if we actually did try.
So this year, I propose that instead of wasting time making New Year's resolutions, instead determine what you can do to make a difference – and not just in your own life.
Sure, it's easy to look at your own life and determine what needs to be changed. But why not take a look at what you can do to make a difference in your own life? For example, rather than focus on the pounds you need to lose, look instead and what you can do to make a difference in your overall health. Instead of focusing on the fact that you need to cut out sugary treats or caffeine, just make a difference by eating more fruit and drinking more water.
What's not as easy is looking at the world around you and determining how you can make a difference there. For example, is there a mentoring program in your area? Perhaps you can find some time each week to mentor a child. It's a proven fact that children who are mentored are less likely to drop out of school, they do better in school, and they are more likely to further their education after high school.
You don't have to do something big to make a difference – in your own life or in the life of someone else. Just do something.