Ahh, New Year’s resolutions. They’re the perfect traditions to test the ambition and willpower of anyone who dares to dedicate themselves to something new..
Self-improvement is the new black, so to speak, and has been for a number of years. It’s everywhere: from feel-good motivational speakers and self-help authors promising to boost the confidence of even the most shrinking violet, to reality TV competitions that captivate millions by eliminating the best from the rest.
Think of self-improvement as a surefire path to self-empowerment. It makes us feel pretty good about ourselves to at least attempt a new goal – and even better to achieve it, right? So, it’s no surprise that most Americans centered their 2017 New Year’s resolutions around developing themselves physically, emotionally and financially.
It’s a sad fact, however, that only about 8% of people ever achieve the resolutions they plan for the upcoming year.
You can avoid falling into the whopping pool of those who miss their resolutions. The key?
Focus on reaching your desired end goal by strengthening your willpower.
The secret to having strong willpower is actually all in your head: you have exactly the amount of willpower you think you have. So, keep your thoughts positive, and keep these quotes around to boost your willpower for these most-common resolutions!
Resolution #10: Enjoy life
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” ― Henry David Thoreau
Resolution #9: Increase Family Time
“This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It’s knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.”
― Mitch Albom
Resolution #8: Get a Better Job
“…treasure what it means to do a day’s work. It’s our one and only chance to do something productive today, and it’s certainly not available to someone merely because he is the high bidder. A day’s work is your chance to do art, to create a gift, to do something that matters. As your work gets better and your art becomes more important, competition for your gifts will increase and you’ll discover that you can be choosier about whom you give them to.”
― Seth Godin
Resolution #7: Stop Smoking
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Resolution #6: Eat Healthier
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Resolution #5: Improve Overall Health
“One must give value to their existence by behaving as if one’s very existence were a work of art.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Resolution #4: Spend Less Money, Save More
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”
Resolution #3: Exercise More
“Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.”
― Kahlil Gibran
Resolution #2: Lose Weight
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Resolution #1: Be a Better Person
“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”
― Anaïs Nin