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Where to begin: Sign up for individual or group lessons if they’re offered in your community. Or, if it’s a team sport you want to learn, grab a few buds and sign up for an intramural league! Many cities offer both competitive and fun leagues for all levels.
6. Volunteer for a Cause
Instead of focusing solely on you this year, do more for those who are less fortunate. By committing to volunteer weekly, monthly or yearly, you can give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of others. You can even grab a friend and volunteer for a cause that you believe that you both believe in. I guarantee that even though you won’t be doing something directly for yourself, you’ll definitely reap the positive benefits of helping others.
Where to begin: Find a cause that you’re passionate about. Whether it’s raising money to find a cure for cancer, helping the homeless or tutoring young people, find a charity that you believe in and call them to see what you can do to help!
7. Dream Often
When we’re young, we had a different dream for each day of the week. When we get older, many of us stop dreaming. Use the new year as a chance to sit down and think about your dreams. Is it running a marathon? Changing careers? Going back to school? Dream away—nothing is off limits.
Where to begin: Grab a bunch of old magazines and cut out images that speak to you or represent goals you want to achieve. Create a poster with these images as your New Year’s Dream Board. Hang your dream board somewhere you’ll see it every day, and resolve to focus on it at least for a few minutes each day. You might even be amazed at how quickly you reach your goals, just by seeing this reminder every day!
Happy New Year! For more tips on setting resolutions, check out SparkPeople’s New Year's Resolution Survival Guide.