The New Year brings people face to face with an opportunity to get a fresh start. We sit down and make resolutions while boldly proclaiming our intentions to anyone who will listen. Some of the resolutions are what you would typically expect. Health and finances usually top people’s lists. The gym is overflowing during January. Some resolutions are a little more personal and not shared as often. Some people even choose not to make resolutions at all because they struggle with following through or they’re not sure where to even start.

If you are tired of making the same resolutions every year, maybe a new approach will help. As I am preparing for this New Year, I am using a different model for my list. There is an old wedding tradition that says the bride should wear “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”. I am going to use that saying as a framework for a few resolutions for the coming year. Maybe it will work for you as well.

Something Old

I have no doubt that there is something that makes your list just about every year. It is that thing that you cannot seem to overcome or fail to consistently stay on the right track. It is different for everyone but it seems that every time you make one of these lists, this one thing has to be on it. Don’t give up. Keep at it. Put that thing on your list again this year. You may be tired of it but don’t give up. It is OK to keep working on something. Walking long enough in the right direction will get you to the right place eventually.

Something New

One of the things that makes life stale is that we stop doing new things. We get in routines which turn into ruts, and a rut is nothing but a grave with both ends knocked out. One of your plans for the New Year should be to try something new; something you have never done. Maybe it could even be something you’ve never even considered doing. My new thing this year will be to parachute from an airplane.

Something Borrowed

We all think we are smart, but we do not always have the best ideas. One of the greatest resources in the world is seeing what works for other people. If you see someone successful in an area where you want to see better results, why not ask them what they are doing and then make that part of your plan for the New Year. In any area you are looking to improve, there are people willing to offer suggestions and advice. Borrow part of their formula. It might be exactly what you need.

Something Blue

So this was the one that I had to think about a little more. The other three I was already processing but “something blue” seemed a little weird. But the truth is all of us could add a little color to our life. I bought a red velvet blazer and wore it recently for the first time. Maybe you could try a new color or style of clothes. Paint a room or a wall in your house. Hang out with people who are completely different from you. Wear some fun socks. Your outlook will change when you add a little color to your life.

All of us have changes we want to make and changes we need to make. If you are stuck trying to figure out what to work on next year, maybe these four ideas will prompt you to think of something that will make a difference. I hope that this coming year will be your best ever.

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