It is easy to make surfing a lifestyle change. But, what other commitments are worthwhile to continue year long? Instead of sulking about what you did not get accomplished this year, resolve to make your life fuller in 2012. You would go deeper in a barrel, so why not go deeper in life? Below are my “musts” for resolutions.
- Spend more time with family and friends. Whether you are teaching a niece/nephew to surf or just talking about life experiences, this is a resolution we could all stand to make! Take pictures and write a little journal, too. It is something you may appreciate many New Year’s Eves later.
- Save more to surf more. Get your finances in order. Save this year to achieve your goal of going on that dream surf trip! Ask yourself if you really need an object before making your next purchase. Set small goals for yourself that you are able to achieve like cutting back on that daily Starbucks to brew at home.
- Learn something new! Right now is a great time to go back to school or research new career opportunities. It is better late than never. You can always educate yourself by learning how to surf, new cultures, or even a new surfing maneuver. You are not too old or too young to learn something new! Try committing to reading a book/month. That’s what Kindles are for; you can even read on the beach! You could even do something you have never done before like night surfing!
- Get in shape for surfing/your health. Whatever habits you have maintained over the years, commit to ridding yourself of unhealthy habits. For some, that may just be sleeping more, eating better, exercising more or smiling more. For others, that may be that they stop smoking, manage their time better (to get in that water more mornings before work), get off that couch or drink less.
- Help others. No matter how bad you have it, someone else has it worse. Get involved within your community to make where you live a better place. You can volunteer at surfing events, donate to charities, or just resolve to make someone’s life a little better each day.
This year, make it easier to accomplish your goals by starting small. The biggest reason that people are unable to stick to their resolutions is that they keep the surfer mentality: “Go big or go home.” Small steps and fewer excuses lead to success. It is important to spread your resolutions out over time. If you really want to keep your resolutions this year, here is what NOT to do…
- Do NOT get down on yourself if you make a mistake or fail in maintaining a resolution. For example, after a week of binging, dust yourself off and start slowly eating better again.
- Do NOT underestimate the power of setting goals. Studies have proven that (instead of saying I plan on losing weight) participants are much more effective in weight loss if they give themselves a goal, like a pound/week. For women especially, a support group of friends can be more helpful in achieving goals.
- Do NOT choose a stupid resolution just because your friends are all doing it.
- Do NOT use superlatives. Avoid words like always and forever in your resolutions. I heard a quote once: “Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.”
- Do NOT make a resolution for someone else or resolve to do something out of your control. For example, no need to force your boyfriend to get engaged or try to change the ASP World Tour schedule.
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