New Year’s Resolution Vs. New Year’s Motto

With the New Year upon us, the common action for everyone to get a fresh start is starting a resolution. It is very hard to stick to a list or one idea.  The most famous New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight.  Just like losing weight, almost all New Year’s Resolution winds up forgotten by March. Any gymnasium can vouch for that!

A very good advice I received a couple of years ago was instead of making a resolution, stick to a motto to live by for the year. It’s a different approach for the New Year & not as easy to forget as a resolution. Have you ever lost a list of things to do? How about this, have you ever forgotten a quote or saying that motivated you? It’s funny how a person who gets inspired or motivated tends to change for the best.  The list of problems on their New Year’s Resolution tends to naturally go away.  The resolution list usually contains anything from losing weight, to quite smoking/drinking, making better progress at work, or even spending more time with family.

So, why add more stress on yourself with a list to check off to better your life?  If you have been dealing with the crazy cycle of a New Year’s Resolution list for the past many years, then try doing a motto instead for the New Year.

Here are some examples quotes from friends who used them as a New Year’s Motto:

  • It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

-Harry Truman

  • I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.

-The Bible, Philippians 4:11 (NASB)

  • In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these.

– Paul Harvey

  • The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.

– Ann Landers

  • Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count.

-Albert Einstein

These examples have been translated to different mottos for different people. I’m sure you can come up with one for yourself.

I’ve stuck with following a new motto every year for the past few years & it has been fantastic! The changes in me have progressively made a positive difference. I recently read the famous 2005 Stanford University Commencement Speech from Steve Jobs. His inspiring quote was: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” Through that speech, the motto I’m sticking with for the year 2013 is “make every day count.”

What is the motto that would make your 2013 better than 2012? Please share!