Read the top five regrets of the dying. It discusses an Australian nurse who worked with patients in their last twelve weeks of life and then wrote a book on her experiences, highlighting the five most common regrets she heard. These were:
I wish I had let myself be happier
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
A great way to determine what the best new year’s resolution might be is to work backward from those who have lived a full life and have very little left. What do they wish they had done? Before you solidify those resolutions for next year, take a moment and ponder what things you might do to feel you are living your life more authentically. Striving to achieve authenticity goals is (potentially) extremely challenging and (potentially) extremely rewarding. But when it comes to making resolutions, I favor looking to those who wish they had more time and being bold, taking the risk of doing you, being you.
Encourage people to do what is most authentic for them, regardless of what others around want them to be doing.