The tree of life and my resolutions for the new year!
After my 2016, I think it’s important to set some practical and achievable goals for the New Year. I find writing my goals down and figuring out a strategy/routine that I am able to stick to is the best way to help me obtain those goals. There are 3 aspects I’d like to work on: Personal, professional and the Health/Fitness aspect.
1. Be more open-mined towards things and people. Learn to tolerate and forgive! This includes taming my temper and approach challenging problems or people with a “resolving-the-problem” mindset NOT “escalating-the-problem” mentality. A good way people have taught me is counting to five, which is just allowing 5 seconds to calm yourself down and prevent impulsive actions. And speaking of open-mindedness, I need to stop being a control freak! When things don’t work out the way I planned, I need to learn to relax and go with the flow and not let that take away my joy!
2. Make more time for my family and friends. Maintaining relationships also involves conscious effort, we can’t just let it go with the flow. For example, I find that as I started working, I lost contact with many of my good friends in university because everyone became busy with their own field of studies. And with your life paths completely diverged, it’s more difficult to catch up. That’s why I think it’s crucial that we make an effort to free up our busy schedules and get together with the people we care about.
1. Never stop learning, asking questions, taking initiatives! This means venturing out of my comfort zone and challenge myself with something new. I use to have this fear of making mistakes, maybe because I don’t like failure or I don’t like criticism. But whatever the reason is, I should learn that learning is making mistakes!! No one learns without failing, and trying something new will mean setbacks, but what is truly means is that, I am trying!
2. Have a regular reading schedule. I’m a fan of non-fiction novels or realistic fiction. I like books that are able to give insights to humanity. I once heard a saying that reading is like conversing with the author. He/she is telling you stories of their life. There’s a a lot to be learned from others and they provide a channel for you to see things under a different light.
Fitness and Health Growth
1. Hit the gym at least 3 times a week and stick to a fixed schedule. I’d like to concentrate on building endurance, increase core and upper body strength, and improve my flexibility. I know that the progress matters more than the result when it comes to our fitness and health, so persistence is key!
2. Eat more fruits! Seems simple enough. The reason I like to add this one in is because I always forget to eat fruits. They are essential to our diet because they provide key vitamins, minerals and fibre! The health benefits goes on…So I’d like to highlight this one.
What are your goals for the New Year? Are they similar to the ones I’ve listed?
Thanks for reading!