With New Year’s days away, you’ve probably been asked multiple times about what your resolutions are going to be.
I know I have.
For a lot of people, their first thought when it comes to setting goals and making changes has to do with their weight.
People want to lose those extra 20 pounds they put in throughout the year. They want to tone up, go to the gym more, and start taking their health more seriously.
And, while that’s a smart goal for some, not all New Year’s resolutions have to revolve around how you look.
I know I hate watching those commercials for weight loss products, gyms deals, and more.
If you’re looking to switch things up this year, consider adding any of these resolutions to your list this year.
1. Score A Title Change At Work
Take 2019 to focus on your career.
Maybe you already work at your dream company, maybe you’re looking for a new position, or maybe you want to switch careers entirely.
Whatever your goals, use this year’s resolutions to make those dreams a reality.
2. Read More Books
Another great resolution to make in 2019 is to read more. If you’re anything like me, you have a whole bookshelf full of books that you bought but never read.
I know I want to check a few of those off of my list in the new year.
And, you should too.
Books are a great way to learn new things, become an expert on a certain topic, and escape into new worlds.
And, reading can actually help you live longer, studies show.
The genre is entirely up to you!
3. Say Yes To More Things
This one seems like an easy one, but it’s actually harder than you might think.
Use the new year to open yourself up to new experiences. Spend more time with friends, worry less, and dive into new things as you’ve never done before.
Don’t say no because it’s easier. Say ‘yes’ and give a new bar, activity, or class a shot.
It’s more likely you’ll regret not saying yes than saying yes and going.
4. Travel To A New Place
Who doesn’t love to travel, am I right?
A great New Year’s resolution for the travel-hungry is to add a new destination to your list.
We all have those places we dream about visiting one day. But, take 2019 to make that dream a reality.
You have 12 months to save up money and plan the trip of a lifetime. Take advantage of it and make it happen. It will leave you feeling extremely accomplished.
5. Make A New Friend
When you live in a big city, making new friends can be hard.
Everyone is busy, everyone has their established friend groups, and it just feels too awkward to strike up a conversation with a stranger.
But, don’t let that anxiety hold you back.
At the end of the day, everyone just wants to be liked and feel that sense of community with others. Take the first step and before year’s end, you’ll have a new Sunday brunch partner.
6. Start Saving
I’ve had a savings account for years. But, if I’m being honest, I only manage to keep a few hundred dollars in it at a time.
And, only one in six millennials has at least $100,000 in savings.
Living in the city is expensive. There is always something new to buy, a happy hour to go to, and groceries to purchase.
You can always find something to spend money on.
But, 2019 is for saving, friends. Open up a savings account and start putting a little bit more into it every month.
This will help you feel more financially secure and responsible.
7. Spend More a Time With Your Family
Living in the city can really change your perspective on things. Even if you love being away from your family, it gets hard. So why not take 2029 to show your family you care?
A rewarding New Year’s resolution is taking the time to call and hang out with your family more often.
They aren’t going to be around forever. And, while you might love losing yourself in the city every weekend, you shouldn’t forget who helped you get there.
This one will make you and your relatives extremely happy.
8. Invest In A Big Purchase
I know I’ve talked a lot about saving money. But, you should also consider making a resolution to make one big purchase.
If you’re ready to move onto the next stage of your life, use this 2019 resolution to make the final leap.
Buy a car, buy a house. Or maybe buy your significant other that engagement ring.
It’s time to celebrate!
9. Make A Budget And Stick To It
Having a budget and sticking to it is extremely difficult. It requires dedication, resilience, patience, and willpower.
Those are all things I find fly right out the window when someone asks me if I want to get drinks on a Thursday night.
But, it’s the new year and it’s time to get serious about the future. And, in order to do that, you need to hold yourself more financially accountable.
This will put you on the path to future success.
10. Be More Confident
Confidence is key in all things. Business. Relationship. And, life in general.
It’s easy to lose confidence. But, when you take the time to invest in yourself, go outside of your comfort zone, and embrace who you are, you won’t believe all of the things you let yourself miss out on before.
This is a great resolution for your inner self. And, you deserve the best.