8 Meaningful New Year's Resolution Ideas for 2019

Are you into New Year's resolutions?

Do they work for you? 

I'm typically not into New Year's resolutions, but I do believe in having a theme of focus. As of this moment, the only thing I have is a word: "BUILD."

I also formed a list of meaningful ways to engage 2019. This is not meant to be a checklist, more so a friendly nudge to focus on what's most important to you, in this season of life. 

For your consideration, here are 8 Meaning New Year's Resolution Ideas for 2019:

1. Focus on "ONE" big thing to do.

Are you driven to succeed? How about ambitious? If you're a creative or have a lot of interests, I know focusing on "one" big thing for 2019 probably sounds ridiculous. However, it could help you have one of the most meaningful years of your life. In the book, The One Thing, author Gary Keller advises, "don't spread your willpower too thin." Unlike God, you and I are finite beings, so we have to be mindful of how we use our finite willpower. Get clear about your ONE THING, and work it, and work at it until it's complete or resolved.  

2. Forgive yourself. 

Are you hard on yourself? Did you miss the mark in an area where you think you should've known better? There's no better way to say this, "forgive yourself." Self-forgiveness can be tough to navigate, so don't be surprised if you need God's help to help you, pardon yourself. This resolution is sweet because it frees you from carrying around the weight of the wrongdoing(s). You may be guilty, but if God forgives you (Micah 7:18-19), then you can forgive yourself. 

3. Forget the past. 

Are you aging, yet stuck in the past? Are friends getting married and having babies, but you're still rehashing how your ex from years ago, did you wrong? If this is your story, you must do the necessary heart work to move on. You only hurt yourself when you continue to harbor old abuse. It was horrible, I'm sure, but it's over! Don't miss out on you right now, and the beauty and blessings in your life. Let the past be a place of reference to help you best navigate today, and prepare for the future. 

4. Find out what you love, and add more of it to your life.  

Do you know what you love? Are you into reading, traveling, how about sampling different kinds of food? You're not a child anymore, who has to be dragged along with your parents. As an adult, you decide what you love, like or dislike. The more you know about what pleases you, the more you can add it to your life. And, you can help those who love you, love you better by communicating what you love, like and dislike. Invest the time in discovering what you love. It will bless you. 

5. Forget crash diets! Add wellness to your lifestyle. 

Have you been at war with your body or looks for long enough? Would you like to make peace with you? Did you know wellness is personal? You can work with a nutritionist, fitness trainer and spiritual life coach, but ultimately, you decide what's ideal for you mentally, physically and spiritually. I paid a personal trainer for months, then I took what I learned and applied it to my exercise regimen. No more yo yo diets or getting fit for the beach; try adding overall wellness to your lifestyle.

6. Freshen up your look.

Are you overdue for a mini or major makeover? How about switching up your hair, or the color of your nail polish and makeup? It's wonderful to have a signature look, but if you don't feel happy, feminine or powerful ever in anything, maybe 2019 will be your year to get fresh. I'm confident you can sprinkle a little freshness here and there without breaking the bank. Don't limit yourself. Have fun with who God created you to be. 

7. Focus on faith more than fear. 

Are you anxious or stressed more than you'd like to admit? Do you overthink things, especially God's ability to show up for you? If you are a person of faith, growing in faith is essential to accessing the peace that passeth all understanding (Philippians 4:7), doing the impossible, and keeping fear in proper perspective. In 2019, you can resolve to focus on learning about faith, God's character, and eternal love for you by adding devotional reading, daily prayer or a sound Bible study to your life.

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8. Free yourself to love and be loved. 

Are you open to love, and being loved? Are you a good friend, sister or neighbor? Are you a wonderful person to meet for tea or how about to take out on a date? By the way, love isn't limited to romantic encounters. It is meant to be the core of what makes life worth living. As people of faith, we are commanded to prioritize love in our lives (Matthew 22:36-40), and not to put it off. You can decide to improve your overall love life, one friendship, one date, or one day at a time with your spouse, or you can miss out on a vital part of what it means to be human.  

Did you gain any insights from these suggested resolutions? Let us know if you plan to add any of the above as a resolution, or please share your "one" big thing below. 

Much Love, 

Tiffany Wilson, M.Div aka @tiffytalks

P.S. Singles! Freeing yourself to love and be loved could be a rub for you, especially if you've been hurt in the past or maybe you think you're open, but you're actually projecting disinterest in meeting anyone new. If this speaks to you, the Self-Worth + Dating Workshop could be for you. Consider joining us Jan. 20 + Jan. 27., and early birds save. [8 seats remaining]

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  • Kyndall

    This was right on time.. i need to leg go of the past and love myself first. Thank u

  • Tiffany Wilson, M.Div @tiffytalks

    Hi Keysha! I’m glad this post helped you defog mentally. Keep me posted on that “one” big thing!!

  • Oguma Ephphatha

    This came in right in time for me an very insightful.
    Thank You so much

  • LaKeysha Wilson

    2018 was exciting but at the same time challenging. I have the “one” big thing that I will be focusing on in 2019 with the hubby. I am planning on incorporate most of the 8 meaningful New Year’s resolutions to my day to day or monthly regime. I had no clue what I personally wanted to focus on in 2019 until I read your article. Thank you for helping me to defog my mind and being a great inspiration!

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