Making 2016 Resolutions? 7 Ways To Get Different Results

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In this post I share my choice in not making new year’s resolutions but instead to celebrate my 2015 successes. I also acknowledge a time where I was not the best version of myself. Perhaps you can relate to those feelings? Read on to help you reflect on your 2015 experiences and when you found you were the best version of yourself.

Giving New Year’s Resolutions the Cold Shoulder
Over the Christmas break I was asked “What are my new year’s resolutions” to which my response was “I choose not

Cold Shoulder to New Year's Resolutions

Celebrating 2015 successes will help set you up for 2016

to make resolutions as I believe that they can set ourselves up for failure”. I am grateful the question was asked and as a result I have spent the following 48 hours since then, reflecting. Here I am now refining my answer while camping at the beach and reflecting in nature. The truth is I believe in celebrating the successes of 2015 and that it is essential for my success in 2016. Rather than setting aspirations for 2016, I choose to celebrate my 2015 successes and acknowledge the times where I was ‘lost my way’.

Celebrating my 2015 Successes
My 2015 successes that I choose to celebrate include;

  • not only traveling to Japan with my partner and friends but also extending the experience to include my 73 year old father
  • camping at local music festivals where I sang and danced
  • prioritizing time and money with friends who give back
  • investing time and money to travel to milestone events of friends and families
  • participating in my community groups
  • preparing 95% of my work lunches to be healthy and sharing the 5% of yummy bought lunches with friends and mentors
  • asking for help from people who inspire me and are willing to teach me
  • demonstrating my appreciation to these people with experiences that they value
  • getting better at living in the moment by attending fun exercise activities

Here are some 2015 achievements that GAIA Insights are proud of ( are Empowered by GAIA Insights)

Acknowledging when ‘I lost my way’ in 2015
I also choose to acknowledge one month in 2015 where ‘I lost my way’ and allocated my time and money in a way which was incongruent with my values. During this month I chose to prioritise buying things over investing in experiences. What things you ask? They were materialistic things likes clothes, accessories and poor quality food. It seemed, one purchase triggered the next.  While I sit here now and reflect, this was the month where over the year I was not the best version of myself. On reflection I believe I was; distracted from my passions, over complicated decision making, ate too much and did not actively listen to others.

Don’t become a victim over poor decisions, acknowledge it, get over it and move on
I choose not to beat myself up about ‘losing my way for a month’ cause I am not alone. There are many of us who have and will ‘lose our way’ and I believe regret is a self destructive and unproductive emotion. The important thing for me is how I choose to respond and acknowledge it. I choose to celebrate the 11 months where I was a better version of myself. I celebrate that for 11 months I have lived true to this article The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things by Co.Exist and Jay Cassano.

2016 is time to hit the reset button
Are you feeling grateful and overwhelmed with your 2016 year ahead? Perhaps you can hit the reset button by reflecting and celebrating your 2015 achievements. Perhaps you will acknowledge when your actions did not align to your values. Perhaps this will assist in your 2016 success?

Do you make the same resolutions each year and expect change?
Making new year resolutions or aspirations for 2016 might be your thing. If it is, I wish you well. In my experience making the same goals each year and expecting change could be the definition for insanity. So if you want to try something different that may have different results for you, I encourage you try these;

  1. reflect on 2015 and celebrate your achievements
    New Year's to-do list with gold color decorations. New Year’s goals are resolutions or promises that people make for the New Year to make their upcoming year better in some way.

    Different ways to welcome your 2016

  2. don’t beat yourself up over times where you ‘lost your way’ but do acknowledge them, then get over it and move on
  3. reflect on what your passions are and the experiences you enjoyed most in 2015
  4. acknowledge the times you prioritised buying things over experiences and how it had an impact on your life
  5. read this article The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things by Co.Exist and Jay Cassano and take it to another level. If you were to pass away tomorrow, will people remember you for buying materialistic toys or sharing experiences with them?
  6. reflect on your lifestyle and acknowledge if you want to adjust it to align to your values
  7. lastly don’t be a victim, don’t blame others and take responsibility. Spending time reflecting on your positive experiences can result in you making some powerful changes in your life from today
About the author

Lisa Mangelsdorf

I confess that I work to live rather than live to work. But when I can combine my passions into my work, I work best. This blog brings together discussions about one of my passions which is connecting people. I endeavour to fight the norm by chasing flexible working options and change seekers, hence my involvement with this blog. I'm fortunate to be connected with a global team at GAIA Insights. Retaining Gen Y within the workforce is an issue for most businesses across the globe. For help contact us because we know EXACTLY what they want from the workplace and we can help your business retain that key talent.

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