Top 5 2011 New Year’s Resolutions (that you really should consider keeping … seriously)

Jaime Dalbke

Top 5 2011 New Year’s Resolutions (that you really should consider keeping … seriously)

So, New Year’s is just around the corner. It’s time to pop the champagne, bust out those funny looking glasses and toot those annoying kazoos. Yes, another year has come and passed at what seems like a more alarming rate than the previous one. Some of the year’s takeaways: Africa hosting the World Cup, the iPad, the TV obsession known as Glee, Justin Beiber (unfortunately) and a string of others that will probably be reminisced about five years from now on VH1’s I love the 2000’s.

But, despite all the excitement of a new year and the surreal-ness of it all, one thing is always sure to slap you right back into reality – New Year’s resolutions. That’s right, those daunting pledges that we promise ourselves but seldom ever keep. Well, this year really is the year to stop saying and start doing. Lucky for you, you don’t even have to think – we already did that for you with this list of the Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for 2011.

#5) Be a “Yes Man”

Being a “Yes Man” is based on the idea of the 2008 film Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel. In the movie, Carrey’s complacent and always predictable character is forced to change his boring and uneventful ways. When presented with an opportunity, he has to say “yes” no matter what it is. The result – a wild ride of comedy and a much more entertaining life filled with fun, love and excitement.

Face it, we all have the tendency to be “Boring Betty’s,” “Settled Sally’s” or “Pessimistic Peter’s.” It’s so much easier to say “no” when it could be so much more fun to simply say “yes.” So, this new year, when someone presents you with an opportunity, don’t resort back to firing the holstered “no” standby – take chances, say “yes!” Who knows, it might just change that drab little life of yours.

#4) Break the habit

Yeah, yeah, yeah – you’ve promised it to yourself and to your friends and family for awhile. The empty promises of quitting smoking, drinking, drugs or any other addiction you may have could finally be fulfilled. The hardest part isn’t weaning yourself off of the addiction, it’s taking the first step and committing to it. With the support and love of those around you, breaking the habit doesn’t have to be endured alone. Buy over-the-counter help or for more serious addictions seek out professional therapy. This year, don’t make the resolution to break the addiction just for yourself – make the promise for your loved ones, the ones who truly care about you.

#3) Spend more time with loved ones

We all know how busy life can get. After spending 40 plus hours behind a desk staring at a computer, working with incompetent co-workers on top of all of life’s other nagging responsibilities – it can really take a toll on the mind. At five o’clock, the last thing on your mind is talking to another person – you just want some alone time. Well, guess what all of you Grinches, life is too short to negate your loved ones.

Make it a point to set aside time to spend with your family and friends. You’re going to have more fun if you do and it will help give you a change of scenery from the monotony of cards that life can deal you. If it helps, dedicate certain days of the week to hanging out with loved ones. Mondays might be the most dreaded day of the week, but establishing a tradition of having dinner and drinks with friends every Monday evening could quickly turn someone’s “case of the Monday’s” into someone’s “case of the fun days.” Yeah, that was corny – live with it.

#2) Tame the bulge

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34% of adult Americans are considered overweight and another 34% are considered obese. Sixty-eight percent combined – and that’s just adults! Somewhere along the line in our society, laziness became a standard and unhealthy eating habits became the norm. If you’re content with that extra pudge around the belly, then consider this. Obesity and weight gain are leading factors in serious diseases like diabetes, heart failures, high cholesterol and several others. If you don’t feel like losing weight simply for helping ease the burden of the ‘ol belt buckle, then at least consider dieting and exercise to prevent future health complications.

Shedding pounds is like quitting smoking or drinking – overeating is just another addiction, only food and lack of will power are disguised as the culprits. This year, think about joining a gym, practicing yoga, picking up a hobby, eating less, etc. Losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult; in fact, you might even discover a passion for something you never knew you had, and on top of it all, you’ll feel tons better!

#1) Go back to school

Let’s be honest – 2010 was not an easy year in the ‘ol job field. Still recovering from the recession, many people found themselves stuck in unemployment. But being unemployed doesn’t have to mean that you have no choices. Continuing your education can be the smartest decision you’ve ever made. The best way to find a job when times are tough is to set yourself apart from the crowd. How? Going back to school and getting the skills and the knowledge to succeed.

Education is vital to a rewarding future career. And, with the popularity of online education, people can get the skills they need at a time and a place that’s convenient for them – not to mention the affordability. Companies like StraighterLine and its online course offerings can help you earn your degree and get back on the road to a more fulfilling future.

This new year start, making the most out of your resolutions!


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