It’s the time of year when many people make New Year’s resolutions.
While resolutions are wonderful and work well for some people, I rarely keep mine. I think it’s because of the word “resolution.” It feels like such a big thing and inadvertently makes me feel overwhelmed.
What works much better for me is to make daily habits. Here are 3 habits I plan to incorporate into my days that are guaranteed to improve my year.
3 Must-Do Habits Guaranteed to Improve Your Year:
The first must-do habit is the practice of gratitude. Last year, I participated in Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to write down 1000 things for which you’re thankful within a year’s time. That averages to about 3 per day.
What I learned by participating in this challenge is that feelings of gratitude often follow the act of giving thanks.
I felt more thankful when I gave thanks often. I began to notice things I would have normally overlooked. I began to look for things to write down (especially as the year drew nearer to a close and I realized I was a bit behind, lol).
You don’t have to feel thankful to give thanks. The very act of giving thanks creates feelings of thankfulness. (Click to tweet this.)
A second habit I want to incorporate into my daily routine is rest.
I’m a Type A, always-on-the-go person. I often feel like I’m wasting time if I’m not “doing” something.
The problem with this type of thinking is that God didn’t wire us to GO all the time. He wired us to need rest. Even Jesus needed rest.
My goal for this year is to incorporate a few minutes of rest into each day, where I’m not necessarily “doing” anything except sitting still, listening to the Lord, and relaxing.
I also want to incorporate more laughter into my daily life. A few years ago, I went through a Motive Matters training with my husband. In that training, we learned about our personalities and about what motivates our behavior. There are four primary motivators: fun, relationships, power, and peace.
What I learned about myself that day was that “fun” isn’t a motivator for me. In fact, it was so low on my chart that it barely registered at all.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE having fun. But it’s not something that motivates my behavior. It’s not a huge priority to me.
This year, I want to make it more of a priority. I might not be able to change my personality or make myself more motivated by fun, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn to laugh more.
When the kids won’t eat their dinners because they are too busy goofing off, I want to laugh with them more…instead of becoming frustrated about how long it’s taking them to eat.
When we do our chores on Saturday mornings, I want to crank up the music and enjoy it with my family…instead of rushing through the tasks so I can check them off my list.
As Rachel Macy Stafford talks about in her book, Hands Free Life, I want to do more than manage my life. I want to really live it. (Click to tweet.)
What other daily habits would you add to this list?
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