As I mentioned in my last post, New Years Resolutions are difficult to stick to. One great way to motivate yourself is to pay it forward.
I first became aware of the Pay It Forward movement when I read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s book of the same name. The basic idea of Pay It Forward is for one person to help 3 others. Instead of those people simply returning the favour, they pay it forward to 3 other people and so on.
Last year, for the first time, I made a conscious effort to pay forward my challenge to visit at least one new place and try at least one new activity every year. For Jubilee weekend, coincidentally also my birthday not that most of the nation noticed, I introduced two of my friends to Whitesands, one of my favourite places in the UK. I also took my friend Geri and my godson climbing for the first time.
Not quite as intentional, but something I am still proud of, is that I encouraged at least two people to make changes in their diet towards becoming more plant-based.
I hope to continue paying it forward in 2013. If you’re already struggling to stick to your resolutions, make the commitment to pay it forward to someone else by the end of the year. If you hold the responsibility to make a change in someone else’s life, you’re more likely to stick to it.