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New Years Resolutions

From PT Brad:

New Year's resolutions are a bit like babies: They're fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.

Each January, people resolve to better themselves in some way. A small percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 3/4 of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half are still on target six months later. It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've set them, but it's not impossible.

Pick one of the following worthy resolutions this year and stick with it.

1. Leave other people online alone and focus on your own train wreck of a life. Let's not throw stones in our glasshouse.

2. If you said you would quit drinking or smoking, then do it this year. All your family, friends and peers are sick of watching you give up on yourself when they know you're capable of more.

3. If you're going to tell your kids to go outside and play, maybe get off the couch and give it a go yourself first. Set the example you want them to follow.

4. Not happy with the hours you're working or the type of work you do? Stop doing it then. There's a good chance the work didn't choose you, and you knew what you were signing up for. Stop complaining about it if you can't sacrifice the luxuries your job provides.

5. Didn't make it to the gym as many times as you wanted this week? Too bad. Make next week better. Your body would rather you keep looking forward to the next many hundreds of workout opportunities to come, not have you stop completely because you had a busy week and now feel guilty.

6. Put on some nice clothes, maybe even something out of your comfort zone and present yourself as someone with confidence. Not a sad sack that wears whatever fits your frown that day.

7. Praise what you love; don't bash what you hate. No one wants to hear about how much you hate other people. It's negative nonsense dressed up as a way to make you feel better.

8. Stop trying to fit in. Half the people you call "friends" would drop you in an instant if they changed workplaces or living location. Surround yourself with more of the people you matter to.

9. A stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet. No one’s "out of your league", whether it be the CEO of a company or a local celebrity. Take the leap and talk to a stranger you've wanted to get to know.

10. Stop waiting for a compliment and start throwing a few out there yourself. What goes around comes around as like attracts like.

11. Post whatever you want on your social media. If someone doesn't like what you've got to say, or a smiling pic of you makes someone feel uncomfortable and the need to gossip, let them. Live your life on your own terms, not there's.

12. Stop being boring and do something cool. There is nothing mature about someone that's boring and afraid of new challenges.

13. Want a chocolate bar? Eat the chocolate bar but also live a healthy lifestyle in which to deserve it. You can have your cake and eat it too.

14. Set up your own personal Facebook group and use it as a journal. It's the best way to self reflect and look back on in a few months and see what kind of person you actually are.

15. Message an old friend and say "hi, it's been a while. How's things?" You're not being ignored or weak to message first. Life just gets busy and we get caught up in our own life and it's tribulations very easily.

16. See someone in need? Help them out without needing something in return. Karma works in a beautifully mysterious way and you don't need to post your good deeds to social media for karma to find you.

17. Do something you did as a kid. Ride a bike, swim in a creek or climb a mountain. Life isn't that long so start making the most of your body and what it can do before you get too old.

18. Look up from your smart phone and recognise the people around you when they're talking to you. They are the moments you need to be present for.

19. Stay in the moment and don't try to film or get a photo of everything. That photo or video will never capture how you felt when you were actually there at that time.

20. Change up your wardrobe. I know you feel comfortable adhering to what others think you'll wear or should wear, but live a little. Buy the fancy runners or cool cap. You don't need to be the exact same person, day in and day out forever!

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