Each new year serves as a great chance for self-reflection and improvement. Many people choose to make New Year’s resolutions or promise to make other changes in their lives in an attempt to accomplish their goals and enhance the quality of their lives. If people are looking to make a truly positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them, these tips are a good place to start.
- Don’t Beat Yourself Up
The first and possibly most important tip is to make sure not to beat yourself up if you fall short of any of your goals. People often take the challenges of the New Year on with so much zeal and fervor that they forget that they are still human and that major changes don’t occur the second the clock strikes midnight.
If you start working toward a goal but falter, don’t completely give up. Pick up where you left off and start again. Don’t start calling yourself a lost cause because you ate ice cream once after you swore it off.
Progress is progress regardless of whether or not it comes with setbacks. You will have a much happier and productive New Year if you realize that you don’t have to be completely perfect.
- Be the One to Initiate
It seems as though people are always waiting. Waiting for someone else to start or to make the first move. Waiting for someone else to speak up first. This year make that someone else you.
If you haven’t talked to a close friend in a long time, don’t wait for them to call – be the one to reach out. If you enjoy going to the beach and want to go more often, don’t wait for your friends to organize a trip – make the plans yourself and invite them. If you and your partner have been complaining about how uncomfortable the bed is, compile a list of highly-rated mattresses. The world is constantly changing, and if you keep waiting for things to happen to you, then you will be left in the dust.
Many people spend too much time thinking about what other people may think or say instead of focusing on what they truly want and what will make about happy. It is okay to think about you. There is a difference between self-respecting and selfish. This year take the time to think about what you want and make it happen – no more waiting.
- Make Gradual Diet and Exercise Improvements that Will Become Habits
Many people become so excited in the New Year that they try to completely reinvent all their habits literally overnight. The result? They get burned out within the first week and make no meaningful changes, leading to another year of mediocrity.
Dieting and exercising are difficult when your body is used to a certain way of life. It is extremely naïve to believe that everything will change just because the calendar now says 2018 instead of 2017.
This year try focusing on a few small changes. If you don’t really like exercising and dread going to the gym, instead start by investing in the basics for hiking, and then slowly incorporate a couple hikes per week. As your exercise activities start to become more routine, take it to the next level by incorporating protein powder into your exercise and diet regimen.
Of course, some changes to your life may not be so gradual. If you are trying to kick a substance abuse habit, it’s better for your overall health and safety if you check into an addiction rehab facility right away. You can even jumpstart your recovery process by getting some Kratom to relieve opiate withdrawals.
Even if you can’t accomplish all your small changes, you will at least have made steps toward creating new habits rather than a new round of fads.
- Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You
Life is too short to not try new things and make new discoveries every chance that you get. That’s why you should follow Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous advice. Try to challenge yourself every day because that will cause you to constantly expand your horizons. It could even lead to you discovering a new passion or hobby that you never knew that you might enjoy.
Just because something is scary to you that doesn’t mean it’s actually scary. It just means that it is outside your comfort zone. The more time you spend doing whatever it is that scares you, the more comfortable you will get with it. You just have to give it a try.
Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone really will be scary—like finally making the call to schedule an STD test or looking up the costs of a dental implants. These aren’t necessarily fun things, but they are necessary to ensure that you are healthy. Instead of putting off these tasks for another day because they stress you out, face your fears, and make the call.
The New Year is a cause for celebration. It is out with the old and in with the new. Yet it is important to go about making goals and resolutions in a healthy manner. If you take the time to realize that gradual changes can eventually lead to great improvements, and that it’s okay to make mistakes, then you are already well on your way to having an incredible New Year that is both happy and healthy.