Updated November 2018
As silly season comes to an end and you bid goodbye to Turkey sandwiches, mince pies, your Auntie Sal and Auld Langs Syne you will, no doubt, look back upon your year and evaluate your achievements. You might not have won the Man Booker Prize, so let’s see what you check off your list of resolutions in the next 12 months.
Did you learn that new language last year? Did you clear out that chaotic shoe cupboard? Did you make use of that gym membership after you signed up on New Year’s Day?
The answer is likely to be ‘no’. A survey run at the end of 2015 showed that by the end of March, 15 per cent of Australians had broken their New Year’s resolutions, with 40 per cent breaking theirs by September.
If that was you don’t feel disheartened if you break them, the fact that you are able to make resolutions to eat better, save money and travel more is something to be grateful for. Many people around the world don’t have the luxury to pick and choose on quantity of food, money or freedom of movement.
Make your resolution one that will benefit many
Communities living in poverty, families surviving on the streets, children displaced through conflict, the thousands who face mental or physical illness will all be wishing for a better new year.
Does that mean you need to give up your resolution to get six pack abs, and give back to those less fortunate instead? No it doesn’t. Get busy on the crunches, because you can do both.
Here are 10 ways that you can keep on track with your New Year’s resolutions for 2018, whilst giving back. You’ll not only be benefitting yourself, you’ll be benefitting others too – and with that kind of pressure, you are much more likely to keep your resolution this year.
10 giving and living goals for the year
Get goal setting! Throw some willpower into 2019 and declare your resolutions so you give and gain throughout the year.
- Giving Resolution #1
Get Fit, Give Back
- Giving Resolution #2
Get Healthy, Help Others
- Giving Resolution #3
Form a Friendship, Contribute to a Cause
- Giving Resolution #4
Go Green, Leave No Trace
- Giving Resolution #5
Set and Forget your Generosity, Donate your Dollars
- Giving Resolution #6
Get Organised, Give Away Your Threads
- Giving Resolution #7
Register Your Organs. Give Blood. Save Lives
- Giving Resolution #8
Pursue your Passion, Share your Skills
- Giving Resolution #9
Make Time for Family, Hang with your Clan
- Giving Resolution #10
Give When you Purchase