ResolutionsDo you make New Year’s Resolutions? Honestly, most years I don’t. There have been a few that I have, and I always like the idea of making changes or new commitments with the new year. Most of the time though I feel like a) I’m already doing all the things I really want or think I really need to be doing or b) I’m already over-committed and if I add one more thing I’ll never stick with it. Sound familiar?

Well, this year I decided I’d make one resolution. My plan is to wake up each morning and ask myself: Who can I help today? I’m hoping that by making it a daily goal, it will eventually become intrinsic. I like helping people. I try to help when I can, but I can’t say that I typically seek out opportunities.

Given my day job as a pediatric speech therapist, I could often cop out and say, “Look at all the kids I helped today! I’m done.” But I’d really like to take it a step farther than just doing my job. I’d like to find new ways and different people to encourage, assist, promote, pull out of a ditch, send a card, or whatever. I’d also like to involve my son so that he will learn the importance of putting others first.

That’s my resolution. I’m sure there will be some days that are easy, and some days that I’ll fail, but I’m hoping that by intentionally focusing on helping someone else every day, I’ll also see some changes in myself.

I hope that 2014 is amazing for each and every one of you!

If you make New Year’s resolutions, I’d love for you to share them in the comments! If you don’t make resolutions, why not?

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6 Responses to Resolutions

  1. So, you’re going to be even MORE awesome in ’14?! That’s the best resolution I’ve heard yet, Nicole. Happy New Year!

  2. That’s an excellent resolution! If everyone in the world would make it, the world would be such a nicer place. At least you know YOUR world will be a nicer place. :) My husband has a book that they’re thinking about using at his office called Strengths Finder 2.0 (or something very similar) and it explains how to find your strengths (and those in others) and help develop them. Since it’s very similar to strengths-based therapy, I’m kind of looking at that for my future. I won’t say it’s a resolution, because I’ve not done very good with those, but it would coincide with the new year! Have an excellent New Years (and thanks for all the kind things you said on my post about Expectations) !!

    • Nicole says:

      That sounds like a really interesting book. I would love to know more about what my specific strengths might be in order to try to capitalize on them. Let me know what you think! I hope that 2014 is a fantastic year for you and your family, Lara! (and you’re so welcome! I meant every word!)

  3. That’s a great resolution! I especially like the idea of involving your son. It’s so important to get them started young. I always make resolutions but I keep them flexible. I think a year is too long to know if I’ll still have the same priorities by then. So I set resolutions for where I’m at in the moment, but keep them open for improvement or refinement. But I think just the act of setting the goal means you’re already succeeding by having the desire to improve yourself! Growing is what makes life fun. :) Happy 2014 and best of luck with your resolution!

    • Nicole says:

      I thought you would probably be a resolution-maker, Jamie! :) That’s an excellent point about a year being too long for one goal, there should be room for it to evolve as your life changes. Happy 2014 to you as well! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next year. I hope there are big things waiting for you in the writing arena!

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