The New Year is just around the corner, and New Year’s Resolutions are on the minds of many Americans who are willing to make changes to better themselves in 2017. What are some of the top five New Year’s resolutions for 2017? Here’s the list:
Reclaim Your Time
Successful people say no to more things. How much of your time was wasted doing things that didn’t really improve or enrich your life? You can change that by relying on the most powerful word in the dictionary: “No.” Free yourself up to do more important things, and you’ll get more from life for your time.
Secure Your Digital Life
It’s not enough to simply change passwords this year; you need to create passwords that are not portable. A portable password is one that is used on multiple sites, so if you get hacked on one, the potential for you to get hacked on another multiplies. Assume your password will be hacked on any website and then used in an attempt to access your accounts on other websites. To make a better non-portable password that is easy to remember, use terms that are easy for you to remember, but mean nothing to anyone else. The less it has to do with your family names or dates, the better off you are. Sprinkle in some special characters and numbers, and your password is easy for you to remember, but difficult to hack.
Be Prepared for an Extended Power Outage
Now that you feel better about password security, consider security in other critical areas. We rely on power for everything. If terrorists target our electrical grid, it could mean weeks without electricity. In an extended power outage, your family may not be able to travel, or buy food or water for several days or even weeks. You’ll need to have the ability to purify water, feed your family, and recharge batteries and other important devices. Portable solar panels with batteries for storage, referred to as “Solar Generators” are often better options than gas powered generators.
An electrical grid outage also brings concerns for personal and family security due to riots, food shortages, and a basic lack of preparation. Give some thought to protecting your family when first responders (police, etc) can not get there in time to help. Consider exercising your Second Amendment right to own a weapon…and learn how to use it safely.
Create Multiple Streams of Income
It’s estimated that nearly 50% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings to deal with an emergency or unexpected expense. With very little job security these days, it’s essential to develop skills you can use to earn money and not rely only on a single income source. Here’s a list of the top 40 sites where you can learn new skills and top 20 places you can use to offer your skills to the marketplace.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
The prevalence of sugar has made diabetes one of the top 5 health risks we’ll face, and experts are now referring to alzheimer’s as “Type-Three diabetes.” Reduce your intake of refined sugar and learn about foods like bread and pasta, which the body turns into sugar. Your pancreas can only process a limited amount of sugar in your lifetime, so save it for special occasions, or adult onset diabetes can rob you of your precious memories, independence, and life before you even realize what’s happening.
Life can take drastic turns when you are least expecting it. Make sure you are prepared for it by starting the year with New Year’s resolutions that will help keep yourself, home, and family more secure and that you are motivated to keep.