New Year’s Resolutions for a Better World
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Make your resolutions have a BIG impactFor many, the start of a new year marks an opportunity to make a change: from undoing bad habits to working towards becoming a better person for yourself, your family and the community at large. This fresh start is often accompanied by goals, aspirations, or resolutions. These are the most common resolutions for 2015 (from USA.gov):
- Improve health (lose weight, quit smoking, get fit, eat healthy, manage stress, drink less coffee)
- Improve self (get a better education, get a better job, save money, manage debt)
- Improve the world (volunteer to help others, recycle)
Example: In 2015, I want to be less critical of myself and focus more on my strengths.Step 2: Write a list of issues or current events that you feel passionate about.
Example: I’m really bothered by the lack of access to arts based opportunities in my community.Step 3: Connect the dots by thinking outside the box. How does your goal tie into the bigger picture?
Example: In order to be less critical of myself, I should find a creative outlet to explore and celebrate my strengths. Maybe my local community center has a writing program. Or, maybe, there’s a poetry night for teenagers where I could help youth find their voice! My goal for 2015 is to participate in a writing circle or open mic night once every two weeks and to volunteer for youth poetry workshops once a month.We can reach our goals while simultaneously making a positive impact on our community. When the outcomes of our goals have a direct positive impact on others, we feel accountable. Unlike many new years resolutions that usually don’t make it past two months, when we’re accountable to others we are more motivated to see our goals through to fruition. Ready to get started? Your tenacity, passion, and dedication are needed. Share your world-changing resolutions with us in the comment section below. Or try the brief exercise below from the OneWorld Now! Leadership curriculum.
OneWorld Now! Workshop: Externalizing your Little HaterOneWorld Now! facilitates a workshop called “Little Hater,” where our students learn to confront the negative voices in their heads. These are the voices that say “you can’t do it” or “you’re not worthy” etc. When we can recognize these voices and understand where they are coming from, we can take over and reshape them into the affirmative. Interested in exploring your Little Hater? Check out YouTube videos by Ill Doctrine, aka Jay Smooth, and follow the instructions below to begin working with your Little Hater.
- Visualization –> Imagine it.
- What does your Little Hater look like? –> Draw it.
- How does it act? –> Describe it.
- What does it say to you? –> Write it.
- What’s your relationship with your Little Hater? –> Act it. Reenact an experience with Little Hater.