Hello SOTGC community,
So, here we are, we have entered a new year and many of us have already proclaimed our New Year’s Resolutions. Tonight I got to witness it first hand at our local fitness center. As I walked into the center, nearly every workout machine and weight station was occupied, or had people waiting. I recall this being the same the last couple of years. Slowly, as the month wears on, the occupancy of the fitness center will resume back to the regular crowd.
To be quite honest, a few years ago, I was falling into the same routine. Jan. 1 would come around and I would set a New Year’s Resolution to go to the fitness center and work out. By Feb. 1 that resolution was becoming a faint memory. This annual date went on for many years … “This is the year … I’m going to do it .…” Famous last words!
Here I am now, thinking about my resolution for this year; what am I going to hold myself accountable for, and will it be meaningful? Should it be meaningful? So many thoughts and ideas; where to start! I can tell you this … it won’t be workout related! It won’t be workout related because I have finally accomplished my previous “repeat” resolution and mastered a workout routine that keeps me energized and motivated.
For 2015, what will it be?
Will I be able to follow through with a resolution? In the past, my track record was not that impressive!
What does resolution really mean?
When I Googled the word, this is what I found:
“A firm decision to do or not to do something.”
Okay, I can live with that, seems simple. Wait, there is another definition that is a little more intriguing:
“The action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.”
That made me think of an invitation I just accepted on Facebook regarding a nation-wide movement to “Pay It Forward Weekend 2015.” The purpose of this event is to do a random act of kindness for someone else between Jan.16 – Jan. 18. When I first accepted this event nearly 1,500 people had also accepted to participate. Tonight I looked and over 100,000 people have accepted the event. If every person follows through with doing a random act of kindness for another person, over 200,000 will be positively impacted. Amazing!
What if my resolution this year is to do something for the benefit of someone else, not only on this particular weekend, but to designate the same personal challenge one weekend each month? What if we all dedicated one weekend a month as a personal challenge to do a random act of kindness for another?
So here it is, my resolutions for the year, mostly old, but one new:
- Be There/Unplug – When spending time with my husband and children, minimize outside distractions and be in the moment.
- Maintain Healthy Habits – Continue working out and making healthier meal choices.
- Be A Positive Role Model – For my children and younger generations.
- Random Act of Kindness – Reserve one weekend a month to complete a task that is for the benefit of another. (Will designate the weekend closest to the 15th of the month).
I am not sure where my resolutions will take me, but I do hope to learn from each one. More importantly, I hope that each of you will take the time to find resolutions that will challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and try something different. Give a gift of the unexpected to someone else and help change the world for the better! Everyone has a gift to share, whether it is time, talent, or treasure, it is a gift. If this resonated with you, please take time to share with others! Please share this article with others … Tweet, Pin or share on LinkedIn or Facebook.