New Years resolutions for any time of year

Featured on the Hong Kong Economic Journal (January 3, 2015)


2019 is just around the corner and I’m not sure about you but 2018 has just whizzed past. There have been things to celebrate and things to mourn, things to work on and things to let go of. 2019 will bring a new chapter and a new season for all of us and there is a common tradition to set New Years resolutions. The problem I find that I have with them is that I find them hard to keep throughout the year! My diets slowly wane after a week and my commitment to journal stops after writing for a month. But below, are some A-Z resolutions that can be done throughout the year and can be picked up even if left off.


A - accept others for who they are, even if vastly different to you


B - be kind - small acts of kindness can make a big difference


C - call up a friend who may be in need, a listening ear is sometimes all it takes to make someone’s day better


D - dream of the future you want because seeing it in your heart is the first step before seeing it in reality


E - express gratitude to someone you’re thankful for because feeling gratitude without expressing it is like having a gift that you don’t give to the recipient


F - find the good in others, even when they’re showing their bad side


G - give generously to a charity of choice - whether in time, resources or ideas


H - help someone by crossing the road, opening the door, keeping the lift open or offering your seat


I - invest intentionally in time with family because family always comes first


J - join in volunteering services


K - keep forgiving others


L - love others. Love covers a multitude of wrongs.


M - make time to relax and have fun - because we all need to have fun sometimes!


N - never give up even when facing challenges - look towards your goal and the journey will be worth it.


O - open your home to welcome family and friends - a warm home can warm hearts


P - pause. With the pace of life being so fast in Hong Kong, take time to pause. Pause to process thoughts, pause to listen to others, pause to enjoy the moment.


Q - question whether you are being authentic and honest in your interactions with others


R - respect others even if you disagree with them. Not agreeing with what someone says or does doesn’t mean we can show them disrespect.


S - show patience to people around you


T - take responsibility for your words, actions, thoughts and emotions


U - understand your strengths and weaknesses but also approach tasks with a growth mindset


V - visit elderly in an elderly centre or children at a hospital


W - watch movies and read books that are inspiring and uplifting


X - eXpect nothing in return when giving to others


Y - Yes! Say yes to new challenges that this new year will bring. Challenges are a chance to grow and learn.


Z - zealously look forward to each new day! Here’s to wishing you a happy 2019 that is wonderful from A-Z, from start to finish!


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任何時候都能實踐的新年目標


踏入二零一九年,不知道大家去年過得怎樣?二零一八年對我來說轉瞬間就過去了,一年下來發生了各種大小事,有值得慶祝的、令人悲傷的及需要忘記的。二零一九年為我們揭開新的一章,不少人都習慣在新一年訂立新目標,但我發現每年訂立的目標往往會半途而廢,像我的減肥大計實踐了一星期後便放棄、寫周記的計劃亦如是。然而,以下A至Z的目標在一年任何時間都可以實踐,即使半途而廢了,仍能馬上重拾:


A — 接受(Accept)別人原來的模樣,即使他與你截然不同。


B — 活出善良(Be kind) —— 微小的善舉可帶來巨大的改變。


C — 打電話(Call)給可能需要你伸出援手的朋友,有時候只要用心聆聽已可為別人帶來美好的一天。


D — 想像(Dream)你追求的未來!在心底拼湊夢想藍圖是夢想成真的第一步。