Put it in a Jar

We do it every year: make a New Year’s resolution that just fizzles out somewhere along the way. We get pumped up about making a huge (or even minor) life change, set our sights on it momentarily, and then seem to either forget about it or give up once the moment passes. Sound familiar? So this season, try something new. Rather than making “resolutions”, make “rememberlutions”, as Buzzfeed calls it. The idea is to fill a jar with your most memorable moments and achievements from the year. It’s creative, productive, and as science is discovering, healthy!

That’s right. According to Emotionally Resilient Living, “Acknowledging your achievements, even in a small way, increases positive emotions such as self-respect, happiness, and confidence.” When you take even a brief second to recognize that you have achieved a goal, no matter how large or small, you are acknowledging your own creativity and ability to succeed. The positive thinking that follows this tiny adjustment goes a long way towards sustaining your mental and physical health.

The Huffington Post says that in addition to a healthier outlook and more goal-oriented perspective, “the biggest benefit that positive emotions provide is an enhanced ability to build skills and develop resources for use later in life.” How about that? Changing your thought process from negative to positive can actually enhance your skillsets!

Research shows that only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve them. Only 8%! There are many reasons behind why so many fail to meet their goals, but it seems that consistently working towards goals rather than making lofty “wishes” in a dark and gloomy month is a solid way to go.

As you celebrate the holidays and reflect on the year that has been, remember to recognize your achievements. As you look on the year ahead, think about starting a jar of achievements and memories. You’ll be amazed when you open it this time next year! And as you start setting attainable goals for yourself, remember that Interpreter Education Online offers interpreting courses on your schedule, and at your price! Until December 31st, if you purchase 3 Single Topic Unit courses without instructor evaluation, you will get a fourth free! Leave your comments on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages!

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