I try to start off each year with a resolution, something to help me become a better person either spiritually, personally or physically. I try to limit the task so I will be more likely to keep doing it. But honestly, I’m not very good at keeping resolutions. I go like gangbusters at first, and then I fade.

In the Health & Science section of the Washington Post, Mary Beth Albreight wrote a fun article on simple life tips for the new year—easy ideas most anyone can add to a daily routine that will make life a little better. One of my resolutions from past years was to have healthier eating habits. I’ve made great strides in this direction by adding more vegetables to my diet although chocolate remains my all-time favorite food. Another resolution was to stay in touch with old friends on a regular basis. After mailing our Christmas cards this year, I realized that maybe I need to revisit this goal. Other resolutions included adding weight lifting exercises to my routine and avoiding sodas. All good ideas. I continue to aim high. 

Last year I resolved to read 15-20 minutes before I went to bed each night. Surprisingly I was very disciplined about this resolution, and by February reading became part of my nightly routine. My reading choices ranged from spiritual to self-improvement to marketing to business development.

Now my nightly reading helps me fall asleep, and I drift off with new thoughts and ideas floating in my mind. A couple of my favorites are Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly and Robin Hood Marketing by Katya Andresen.

This year my New Year’s resolution is to be more accepting of others and less judgmental. We live in a very diverse world – different values, different races, different religious beliefs, different ways of doing things. Everyone is at different places along their life journey. I won’t always understand, but this year I will try to be more accepting instead of critical.

Have you taken the time to figure out your resolution for this new year?

Whatever you decide, my wish for you is to live this year with passion and purpose. Decide your goal, and go after it. In the words of Matthew Kelly, “Be certain of one thing: The measure of your life will be the measure of your courage.” Change takes courage.