16 Things To Stop Doing In 2016

I’m not much into making New Years’ resolutions, but I have to say, it is a good time to self-reflect, reassess goals, and create a plan for the upcoming year. This year, my husband and I made it a habit of going on “retreats,” from the advice of Craig Ballantyne. These retreats, which usually consist of hitting the beach together for a weekend to discuss our family, work, and personal goals, have helped us tremendously. They allow us time away from our five kids and everyday pressures, to look within ourselves and also help each other to plan our schedules so that we can make the most of our time to reach our goals. We keep in mind many of the following, which we recommend to stop doing immediately:

  1. Not taking care of yourself

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” —Jim Rohn

  1. Avoiding problems

“Avoid problems, and you’ll never be the one who overcame them.” —Richard Bach

  1. Living in the past

“The past is a great place and I don’t want to erase it or to regret it, but I don’t want to be its prisoner either.” —Mick Jagger

  1. Worrying about the future

“Worrying about the past or the future isn’t productive. When you start chastising yourself for past mistakes, or seeing disaster around every corner, stop and take a breath and ask yourself what you can do right now to succeed.” —Harvey Mackay

  1. Having regrets

“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” —C. S. Lewis

  1. Holding onto grudges

“There’s enormous energy required to carry grudges — enormous energy! And I’m getting too old to expend my energy that way, ’cause I think every person has a limited amount of energy. So I have given up all grudges.” —Ed Koch

  1. Doubting yourself

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” —Bertrand Russell

  1. Being negative

“I’ve felt that if you dwell too much on your errors, you’re dealing in the negativity of things. I don’t like that. I’d rather work on the positive reinforcement, the things I did well.” —Hale Irwin

  1. Being a show-off

“I don’t think you get successful to brag and throw what you have in the world’s face. That’s all private.” —Kevin Hart

  1. Being envious

“It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.”  —Aeschylus

  1. Letting life pass you by

“Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by.”  —Lou Holtz

  1. Feeling obligated

“Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.”  —Wayne Dyer

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  1. Giving up

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  —Thomas A. Edison

  1. Not setting goals

“The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”  —Melody Beattie

And of course, don’t forget these last two!

  1. Eating bad food

“Food is essential in life; therefore, make it good.”  —S. Truett Cathy

  1. Drinking bad wine

“As you get older, you shouldn’t waste time drinking bad wine.”  —Julia Child


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