With the start of a new year, there’s always big talk around making resolutions. Why? When the New Year comes around, it feels like a chance to start again. It’s a blank slate–one that feels wasted if changes aren’t made. Have you made resolutions that were met with success or failure? We’ve got a secret for you…if you’re like most people when you make resolutions, you’re probably doing it wrong. We’ve got your list of 5 resolutions you SHOULD be making this year. And, if you follow our resolutions, you’ll most likely find more success in the long run…
#1 Don’t Be Afraid to Fail.
Yes, we realize it’s the start of a list, and we’re already talking about failure. But, it has to be said! If you’re afraid of failing, you’ll either set goals for yourself and feel terrible when they go awry, or you won’t set any at all. Your absolute, number one, for sure resolution to set this year is…don’t be afraid to fail. And then, acknowledge the failure, pick yourself up, and try again.
#2 Write It Down.
One of the reasons most resolutions fail is that people set vague goals. “I want to lose weight.” Sound familiar? It’s a great way to start the New Year, especially after such a gluttonous holiday season, but it’s not very realistic. Make this the year you create attainable daily habits for yourself. The best way to do that? Write it down. Making a plan for what you want to achieve is the best way to accomplish ANYTHING. Small steps. Tasks that can be added in. You’ll be less likely to feel like you’re failing, and less likely to give up. It will be easier to adopt some–if not all–of the objective tasks you write down, and you’ll be in a better place because of it.
#3 Make Safety a Priority.
Making resolutions can add a short-lived sense of accomplishment. And, there’s nothing wrong with that. But, if you really want to make a difference in your life–and your family’s lives–choose to make changes to things that matter. Safety in the home is often one thing that gets overlooked and put off. Is your furniture bolted to the wall? Do you have cordless–or cord safe–blinds and shades? Are household chemicals up out of harm’s way? We’ve all read the articles throughout the year about unfortunate accidents that happen–no one ever thinks it can happen to them. Use your energy right now to make changes in your life that will benefit you and your family for years to come.
#4 Evaluate Your Home Lighting.
We talk about this all the time. The light–or lack thereof–in your home is incredibly important. You can have too much, and you can have too little. What’s important is that you recognize it, and you should take steps to change it. Do you know that the small distraction of headlights passing your window in the middle of the night can disrupt your sleep? Are you aware that squinting at your computer screen from the glare throughout the day causes you to feel tired? The light in your home can play a huge role in the energy, mood and overall productivity of your life. It’s time to evaluate what you’re having issues with, and then take steps to resolve them. We can help you accomplish the light control, adjustments and comfort you need in your home.
#5 Create an Environment of Success for Your Resolutions.
There’s no way to achieve anything if you aren’t prepared. (See resolution #2.) Take a look around you. Are you surrounded by what you love? Do you feel productive? How does the energy of the space make you feel? Make this the year you create an environment of success. The place you call home, and what’s inside, is a huge influence in your life. Many people put this off because they’re too busy–or the amount of decisions is overwhelming. It’s probably time to call in the professionals. Stop putting it off. We can offer helpful advice, beautiful designs and incredible lifestyle function to transform your home. You can get started by visiting one of our exclusive Hunter Douglas galleries. And then, we’ll come to you for a free, in-home consultation. Contact our team to get started today!