These 21 Ideas for New Year’s Resolutions are just what you’ve been looking for.

Just like that, another year is upon us.

The year ahead is bursting with new opportunities to seize, goals to hit, and progress to make.

We’re gonna start with the 21 ideas and then jump into our 4 tips that make actually sticking with your new year’s resolutions easier.

Ready to make 2021 your best year yet?

Alright, let’s do this…

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21 Ideas for New Year’s Resolutions

Okay, these New Year’s Resolution ideas are meant to customize.

I’m sharing fairly broad ideas, so that you can turn it into a goal that most resonates with you.

Before you get started, download our Vision Board Worksheet.

It’ll help you nail down your overall vision for next year.

Use it to brainstorm all of your New Year’s Resolution Ideas, before choosing the goals that resonate most with you.

 

1. Take control of your health

2020 has taught us many lessons, and one of them is definitely how important it is to stay healthy.

Mind, body, soul, and spirit – getting and staying healthy means everything.

Health goals are one of the most common ideas for New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately, so many people struggle to hit them.

If you’ve made health goals that you’ve never hit, fear not. This is the year that you’re getting your health under control!

Step 1: For sticking with this New Year’s Resolution

The key here is to make your goals realistic and as enjoyable as possible.

For example, if you hate going to the gym, but you need to exercise. Don’t force it.

Instead find a different form of exercise to do.

You can take a dance class, join a martial arts class, go for a run, go bike riding, join a local sports team, get a group of guys together and play some basketball. The options are endless.

Just make sure you choose an activity that you’ll enjoy. That’ll make getting up to workout much easier on those days when you’d rather sleep in.

Step 2: For sticking with this New Year’s Resolution

Another key is to start small and work your way up to a more intense and full bodied workout.

Let’s say you want to take up running, but you haven’t run in the last 10 years. If you start out trying to run 10 miles on Day 1, chances are you’ll hurt yourself, get overwhelmed and quit.

The alternative is to start off by walking or doing a light jog. Do a half mile or a mile on Day 1 and gradually increase your distance as you go.

This gives you time to adjust mentally and physically, thereby making it easier to stick to.

Okay, here are some ideas of how you can turn this resolution into practical goals.

Examples of what this may look like for you:

  • Exercise 4 days a week
  • Juice every morning Monday – Friday
  • Create a self care routine




 

2. Create an additional income stream

Money, money, money – another hard core lesson for many of us, courtesy of 2020.

To say that many Americans found themselves struggling financially in 2020 would be the understatement of a lifetime.

While we certainly cannot predict a world wide pandemic, we can safely assume that more uncertain times are ahead.

Creating an additional income stream is one of the ways you can hedge your bets and create more financial security.

This means you’ll have additional money to save, invest, and pay down debt.

I know that this can seem intimidating, but in a world of numerous side hustles, it’s certainly possible.

Start by doing some research on popular side hustles, and write down the ones you think you’d be good at.

Make a plan and start taking action.

That brings me to my next point…

 

3. Take control of your finances

Knowing how to make money is one thing, knowing how to make it work for you is another.

We can no longer rely on pension plans, and social security.

That’s what makes this one of the most important ideas for New Year’s Resolutions on this list.

Financial planning is something that you should start now, even if you don’t feel ready.

Whether your goal is to get out of debt, build your savings, or create a strong investment portfolio – you need a goal and a plan to hit it.

Again, the goal isn’t to solve the whole thing over night.

Create a plan to start chipping away at your goals.

Examples of what this may look like for you:

  • Do Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (I personally know several people who’ve used this to help them get out of debt and build their savings)
  • Save $XXX a month
  • Increase monthly contribution to 401k by $XXX /month




 

4. Read More books

…Romance, Mystery, Self-Help? Whatever your jam, reading is an excellent addition to your list of ideas for New Year’s Resolutions.

Did you know that reading for pleasure can help improve your sleep patterns?

Plus people who read for pleasure have greater levels of self esteem and a greater ability to cope with difficult situations. (Check out this study)

Whether you’re taking a mini-escape between the pages of your new book or reading fictional masterpieces to support you on your personal development journey, reading can do wonders for you.

If audiobooks are more your style, start the new year off with a free Audible trial.

Examples of what this may look like for you:

  • Read 30 mins a week
  • Read a book that’ll help me hit a specific goal
  • Start or join a monthly book club

 

5. Follow a Bible Reading Plan

If you’ve never read the Bible through in its entirety, this year is the perfect time to do it.

Reading the Bible can help you grow spiritually, deepen your faith, and increase your understanding.

A quick Google Search for “Bible Reading Plans for Beginners” can have you set up for your new goal in no time.

 

6. Get involved in your community

Whether it’s your Church, school, or neighborhood community, now’s an excellent time to get more involved.

Getting involved in your community helps you expand your network, make new friends, and contribute to things that matter to you.

There’s no need to feel overwhelmed with this one.

Simply decide how much time you have weekly or monthly, and find a way to get involved.

 

7. Step out of your comfort zone

This is one of my personal favorite ideas for New Year’s Resolutions.

Often times the big changes you want to see in life are on the other side of fear.

And while change is automatic, growth is intentional.

Ask yourself, “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

This year is the perfect time to take a deep breath, step out of your comfort zone, and pursue the things that’ll make your heart smile.

Examples of what this may look like for you:

  1. Be more adventurous (Ex. Go skydiving)
  2. Do some public speaking (Ex. Join Toastmasters)
  3. Take a class




 

8. Choose 3 ways to create new memories

What would it take to make 2021 a year that you’ll love to look back on?

Whether it’s taking an awesome family vacation, knocking something off your bucket list, or spending more time with your friends, 2021 is the perfect time to create new memories.

Think about what it would take for you to feel awesome about 2021. Then, choose a few things from that list and make it happen.

 

9. Add journaling to your routine

Journaling has numerous benefits. Some of the most successful people in the world talk about how journaling plays a critical part in their daily routines.

For starters it’s a great way to create a personal record that you can look back on years later. Journaling can also help you organize your thoughts, meet your goals, and support your overall mental health.

Ready to get started? Here are some of the most popular journals.

 

10. Start pursuing one dream you’ve neglected

Why put on hold what you can start today?

What are some of the dreams you’ve been neglecting? 2021 may be the perfect time to start working on making that dream a reality.

Start with researching what’s required to pursue that dream. Then outline an exact plan to get it done.

 

11. Start swapping out toxic products

Between heavily processed foods, skin care products that are filled with harsh chemicals, and products that are negatively impacting the environment, there’s a lot we need to protect ourselves from.

The products that we use can have some pretty nasty long term effects on our bodies and on the environment.

2021 is the perfect time to start making small swaps that can make a huge difference.

For example, you can start with a simple change like switching out plastic toothbrushes for bamboo ones.

Or, you can start swapping out chemical filled skin care products for more natural non-toxic products.

 

12. Start a mindfulness practice

You’re constantly being bombarded with thousands of a stimuli throughout the day.

With so much to focus on and so much to do, many of us are prone to feelings of anxiety and overwhelm.

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” (Source: mindful.org)

Practicing mindfulness can have positive effects on your overall health and happiness.




 

13. Find somewhere to volunteer

Make 2021 a year of impact and change. Finding somewhere to volunteer is an excellent way to make a difference in your community.

What are some of the causes you’re passionate about? What groups are you interested in helping?

If you’re not sure where to start, head on over to volunteermatch.org to find local opportunities near you.

 

14. Create a self care routine

This is one of the most important ideas for New Year’s resolutions on this list.

The weight of our regular responsibilities alone, can be a lot.

Making self care apart of your regular routine, can help you manage the stress of your regular life.

Creating a self care routine can be as simple as recognizing the activities that help you feel most relaxed, and then scheduling time to do it.

 

15. Create a personal development plan

Again, change is automatic, but growth is intentional.

The beginning of the year is a great time to do some introspection and set some personal development goals.

What are the skills you want to learn? What are the character traits you want to develop?

Once you know the areas in which you wanna develop, come up with a plan to get there.

Examples of what this may look like for you:

 

16. Create a spiritual development plan

In addition to growing personally, this is the perfect time to set your intentions for growing spiritually.

No matter how spiritually mature you are, there’s always room to grow.

Your spiritual growth can positively impact every other area of your life.

Examples of what this may look like for you:

 

17. Get a hobby

Having fun is so much easier when you’re a kid. Fun is basically built into your daily routine.

As an adult, you have to be more intentional about doing activities that are fun. A hobby is a perfect way to add an extra dose of fun to the upcoming year.

If you need some ideas for a new hobby, head on over to meetup.com where you can find plenty of activities to try out.

 

18. Get more organized

If you’ve struggled with being organized, then 2021 is the year to tackle it.

Getting organized can improve your productivity, save you time, and just improve the overall quality of your life.

To start, consider the areas of your life you want to organize more.

Examples of what this may look like for you:

  • Do weekly Meal Planning (You can get a free meal planning printable online)
  • Declutter and Organize each room in my house
  • Track and organize my goals and daily schedule (I use this planner to help me)




 

19. Invest in your relationships

This is the perfect time to start deepening your relationship with your family, friends, and even your extended networks.

Your friendships and relationships with the people closest to you are a blessing.

Just like everything else in life, seeing them flourish and keeping them from growing stagnant requires work and intentionality.

Is there a relationship you’ve been neglecting that you want to focus on more? How can you deepen your current relationships?

Examples of what this may look like for you:

  • Plan a date night with my spouse at least once a week
  • Call at least 3 family members and/or friends every week
  • Pick someone monthly to do a random act of kindness for

 

20. Travel more

With so many places to see in this world, this year would be the perfect time to start visiting some of your dream destinations.

You can do a group trip with strangers,  opt to go on a solo trip, or plan a vacation with your family friends.

If it’s not in your budget to go out of the country, or if you don’t feel comfortable traveling abroad yet, consider doing a road trip.

Air BnB has made traveling locally much easier and more affordable.

 

21. Take a class

Learning a new skill can be a lot of fun and a great way to expand your network.

You can take a class for leisure or do it as a part of your personal growth strategy. Some ideas for classes you can take include a cooking lesson, dance class, public speaking class, or an art class.

 

3 Tips that Make Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions Easier

That’s it for our 21 ideas – hopefully that got your wheels spinning.

The truth is, making the resolutions is the easy part. Sticking with them is where it gets tough.

If you’ve been in the habit of making resolutions that you never stick with, you’re not alone.

In fact, about 80% of people who set New Year’s Resolutions are right there with ya.

Thankfully you can change that this year!

Here are 3 things you must do if you’re serious about hitting your New Year’s goals.

  1. Make them realistic – setting unrealistic goals is the quickest way to fail. Be honest with yourself about where you are currently and then set attainable goals based on that.
  2. Choose things that you really care about – Choose goals that really resonate with you. Those are the goals that will really motivate you even on the hard days.
  3. Get an accountability partner – Having someone to hold you accountable for working on your goals can help you stay on target. Choose someone you can trust and who has the discipline to hold you accountable consistently.
  4. Keep them top of mind – Building your goals into your new routine requires intentionality. Creating a vision board and hanging it somewhere you can see it daily is a great way to stay focused on your goals.

 

Now it’s your turn!

I’d love to hear which ideas for New Year’s Resolutions you’re most excited about. Let me know in the comments below.

w/ light and love,

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Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. And like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.

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