Hey! You! Yes, YOU! This past year kind of kicked your ass a little bit. You’re really looking to come out swingin’ in 2018, but you’re not exactly sure what to do. You know you have some things to work on, but pinpointing precisely what those things are is making you crazy. You’re eager to change, but you need some guidance in the right direction.
Well, fear not, brother; that’s exactly why we’re here. We spent a painstaking amount of time looking at dozens of Best New Year’s Resolutions lists and came up with what we feel are some of the single-best New Year’s Resolutions for any man looking to be his best self in 2018.
In our search, we looked for resolutions that were provocative and inspiring, but not particularly common. Why? Because you’re different. You already know you should be in the gym more this year. You know you should plan your finances. But when was the last time you fell in love with something
Here are 5 Top Shelf New Year’s Resolutions for Every Man
Visit Your Doctor
Before we get into the wild and crazy stuff, the first resolution we want every man to consider is a visit to the doctor. In fact, we insist.
Not only are men statistically dying earlier than women, but we’re also more likely than women to die—at any age—of eight of the 10 top causes of death in the United States, according to this report from the CDC. We’re also far more likely to live life to excess, stress out and die of heart disease. And for some stupid reason, we’re also half as likely as women to go see a doctor.
Why do we do it? Nobody really knows, but if we had to guess, we’d go with, “Because we’re a bit stubborn.”
The point is, having some solid New Year’s Eve Resolutions aren’t important if you’re not going to make it to the ball drop.
Take your health seriously this year and make visiting your doctor a top-level priority.
Do Better Work—And Do More Of It
One of the best pieces of advice my father ever gave me was that growing complacent with—and bored of—the work you do is practically a death sentence.
If you’re starting to feel like you’re falling into some career-level boredom, really have a crack this year at reinventing the work you do—even if things are working well, otherwise. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an interstate truck driver, an aspiring writer or a cancer researcher. Take some time to shake things up this year and really take ownership of the work you’re doing.
There’s nothing like feeling stuck in your career. Whether you realize it or not, one of the only ways to really do better for yourself is taking initiative and doing the best work of your life. Plus, that’s usually a one-way ticket to success.
Fall In Love With Something New—Or Something Old—All Over Again
I don’t doubt that many of the people reading this are already married to the love of their lives, but this resolution still applies to you. There’s nothing on this planet that reminds us we’re alive quite like a full heart.
Even if you’ve been married for 30 years, do yourself a favor and spend some time remembering and celebrating the woman you’ve devoted your heart and happiness to all these years.
And if you’re young and single, find something completely new and unadulterated to give your heart the jumpstart you’ve been looking for. Take every single opportunity you can this year to fall in love with someone or something—at least—totally new.
This resolution doesn’t have to involve a romantic relationship. Think about the hobbies and talents you had as a kid that you let grow stale in adulthood or new things you want to try. Pick one of these up and see if something sticks and adds richness to your life.
This is all easier said than done, naturally, but do yourself a favor and make this one happen.
Take a Real Risk
One of the biggest things people look for around the New Year is change. Change, anywhere; from their career
But of all those flustered faces, how many actually do something to enable the change they’re looking for? Yeah. We can’t quote exact figures, but “slim to none” sounds pretty good.
This year, resolve to do something risky. Not like, the “Eat the hot Thai food you know you’re not ready for” kind of risky, but the “You’re going to have to put things on the line, and win, lose or draw, you’re going to feel alive by the end of it” kind of risky.
Start that new business you’ve been talking about. Apply for that dream job you’ve always wanted. Sell everything and move around for a year or two. Do something—anything—that’ll take you farther from your comfort zone than you ever thought possible. Life is short, and if this New Year should teach you anything, it’s that it’s only getting shorter.
Go Outside More
Most importantly and above all else (except the doctor thing, of course), resolve to spend more time outside in the New Year. I know, it’s tough. You have deadlines to meet, projects to flesh out, teams to manage, families to tend and it seems the older we get, the faster time is passing us by. Taking time to get away and enjoy the world we live in is tough, but it’s worth every single ounce of your effort.
Politics aside, things are changing at a pretty alarming rate. If you’ve spent your life wondering what the Amazon Rainforest looks like, you should get your ass down there before it’s gone. If you’ve ever wanted to explore the picturesque mountains in Peru, or the Alps in Austria or even the Rockies right here in the States, make sure you go to them as soon as you can.
Something changes in a man who’s seen the world, and it’s not the kind of thing you can learn in a classroom or from YouTube tutorials. Pick a place—any place—and go there.