The term “resolution”—which crops up sometime around December 1 and disappears before January 31—carries an immense amount of baggage for many of us. When we hear or use the word resolution, we tend to mean things we want to quit, give up or stop doing.
Instead of looking at the new year as a time to give things up, why not look at it as a time to try new things—to add more things into your life that will bring you joy and fulfillment? How about trying a new (healthy) recipe that tastes delicious and is good for you? Or trying a fun new workout class that gets you moving and maybe even introduces you to new friends? Or maybe it’s taking a walk every night, a chance to spend more time with your pup, partner or favorite podcast.
Going into the new year with an attitude of “I will” instead of “I can’t” might just make you more likely to stick to those resolutions. Here are two ways from biomechanist Katy Bowman to set up the new year by reframing resolutions not as goals but what you really want more of in your life.