Have you ever noticed how most New Years Resolutions are personal? I want to lose weight, go to the gym more, read twelve books, stop procrastinating…
Rarely do we ever make New Years Resolutions that are about other
people. Rarely do we take the focus away from ourselves to make a list
that helps others.
The US Government Website and a recent TIME article both mention that
the most common New Years Resolutions are: to lose weight, drink less
alcohol, eat healthy food, manage debt, get a job, save money, quit
smoking, and get a better education.
From that list, none of those directly involve helping others. And
while it’s great to be healthy, wonderful to quit smoking, and a worthy
pursuit to get a better education, most of this list is self-focused.
So this New Years I’m revamping my List.
No more, “Get Healthy.” Instead, run with a good friend at least once a
No more, “Read twelve books.” Instead start a book club to create a
community of reading partners.
No more, “Try harder in school.” Instead, volunteer at organizations
that promote education in developing worlds.
No more, “Quit (insert habit).” Instead, support people that are
struggling with an addiction.
How amazing would it be if all of our New Years Resolutions were about
If we all had Others-Centered Resolutions, 2015 could be a year of helping, a year of stronger
relationships, a year of selfless actions. It could be the best year yet.