Saturday, January 5, 2008

Host a dinner party so you and your friends commit to 2008 resolutions and goals

The New Year is a time to reflect. It's also a time to think about the things in our lives that we wish to change in some way. This dinner party idea combines the company of trusted friends, goals and a lovely meal.

Think about it. How many of us actually share our New Year's resolutions? How many put a lot of thought into them? How many take them that seriously?

Why not host a dinner party and in the invitation send out some tips to consider when setting out your New Year resolutions. Your friends may have some resolutions already or otherwise this may prompt them to take a look at things they could improve in their life.

Ask your guests to come with a list of their resolutions and during your meal, each take a turn and share why you'd like to improve e a particular area in your life.

This is a lovely way to better understand your friends and where they're coming from. If you're really close, the resolutions will probably come as no great shock and people will only share what they feel comfortable with sharing publicly.

For the dinner party itself you could make it as simple or as sophisticated as suits. You could ask your friends to bring a dish each or to bring a course each. You could even order in some pizzas or make your own. Simple.

Tonight's dinner party is more about sharing and providing support. When you publicly state your New Year's resolutions to one-another it may make you more motivated to actually carry them through. You almost become accountable to your friends - especially if you plan to meet say quarterly to check in with the same group about how you're all going. Even if people have got off the track, meeting again may inspire them to start afresh and not give up!

Imagine if you knew that in three months, you'd be going back to update your friends on how you've progressed. This is a great way to maintain your motivation levels (which are generally high at the outset) and to provide peer support to one-another.

Life is fun but we each have certain challenges to deal with and the support and encouragement of those close to you helps. You could even start a new family tradition - this doesn't have to be only for friends.

You may even consider sending each of your guests home with a gift - a journal to keep track of their progress like the one below:

Stay tuned for more dinner party ideas soon.

The Hostess with the Mostess

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