These New Year’s resolutions just might work

This year, get off the status quo bandwagon of worn out New Year’s resolutions, and be daring. Commit to something a bit more noteworthy and a heck of a lot more fun .

With an 8 percent success rate, traditional New Year’s resolutions destined to fail.    Don’t be part of that herd mentality, be an original and beat the odds.   Here are few ideas to spark your creativity.

  1. Master three infallible jokes

There’s no power move quite as badass as executing the perfect joke at just the right time and place. Whether you’re making new friends or out doing drinks with coworkers, the perfect joke can be just the thing to make the evening, and make an impression.

  1. Teach yourself something you never learned growing up

A New Year’s resolution item that often makes my list is learning something new. Rather than pulling something wild out of the hat like home preserving or learning Japanese, take care of mastering something you missed out on during your childhood.

  1. Concoct your go-to drink

If you’re like me and there’s no chance that Bond or his real world equivalent will ever name a drink after you, make your own and make it yours.


       4. Learn a party trick

After mastering your three foolproof jokes, secure your party prowess with an impressive party trick.


  1. Pick a type of food, and try it everywhere

Food-related bucket lists are nothing new, but rather than draw up a haphazard lists of restaurants recommended by an unispired online guide, pick a theme and stick with it. You’ll be more dedicated to checking things off your list and will be forced to plan out your culinary adventures.


  1. Start a new tradition

Grab your friends, a bottle of wine, come up with an activity, and voila! A new tradition is born. It could be surrounding a shared interest or a new activity you all want to try (an upgraded remix of that common resolution). Make the first brainstorming session an activity in itself with a friends’ night and generous pours of wine. After that, let the tradition evolve organically and develop its own character, then be sure to keep to it down the road.


  1. Switch up your sources

Sure, you may be a staunch subscriber to your favorite magazines or constantly have your online go-tos open in your browser, but every so often make an effort to explore other sources.



  1. Once a month, go out solo

Take your “me time” to the next level by taking it out. You’ll be able to 100 percent focus on the food, the drink in your hand, and your thoughts. It may feel awkward at first, but you’ll soon find it empowering, and you’ll be strengthening your ability to feel comfortable solo in other situations.

  1. Make a point to celebrate the little things

And I mean really celebrate. Just beat the hardest level of your favorite game app? Happy dance. Ordered the very last egg everything bagel? You’re owning the morning. I’m a strong proponent of finding any excuse to engage in revelry. The barista spelled my name right? It’s only happened twice in my life, so when it does I’m over the moon. After that, I’m pretty convinced the day is mine and my mom, dad, and sister are guaranteed to receive texts. Be in awe, grateful, and exuberant about life’s little triumphs. You’ll end up feeling overwhelmingly more positive, and will be better equipped to take on the bad.

  1. Live like this is it

This line may come across as more general or cryptic than I actually mean, but I couldn’t allow myself to write “YOLO.” Essentially, don’t wait to do things you want to do when “you’re older,” “have your own place,” or “have your sh*t together.” You bought that adorable ceramic dessert plate set for a reason, and it shouldn’t wait to be enjoyed 10 years from now when you buy your own house. Enjoy them now. The longer we wait to enjoy life’s pleasures, the more likely we are to not enjoy them when the time comes, and the more we’re ultimately missing out.

Happy New Year !

xo Josh


Note: Thanks for the inspiration Bustle

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