Does new year new you sound a bit cliche? 2019 is coming to a close and it’s time to change a few things around. Don’t waste this upcoming year with stagnation, take this new chapter as a way to grow and develop yourself as a person and as a patron of the society. Take a look back at 2019 and see how you grew and changed. What have you done and what still needs to be accomplished. What are your new sights and goal for the upcoming year? There are key aspects of ourselves we should constantly be working on, and if you're not, then that’s ok; it’s never too late to start.
The way you look at yourself reflects the way you look at different situations. Do not let every situation dictate your life. Your thoughts and actions shape the person you are and ultimately how life will go for you. If you are a constant monotone grumpy individual with an inability to calmly react to situations, then expect your life to be miserably filled with frustration, stagnation, and the inability to find passion. Same goes to the person that thinks the world revolves around them; they’ll hit a hard wall, and without the right mindset, they won’t be able to pick themselves up.
Reframing is all about knowing yourself and what you want to achieve. You can’t expect to feel accomplished or even happy without reframing yourself every year. As the year comes to a close, you are a different person from when it started. Now is the time to look back on what you have done and what still needs to be done. Reframing is another way to foster growth within yourself. There are a few ways to do this, and some of these are “easier said than done.”
Work on your strengths more than your weaknesses. This may sound counter-intuitive to some people, but it will make complete sense. You don’t see a linebacker focus most of their time on catching the football. They spend most of their time working on coverage and tackling. That is because they are not good at catching the ball; otherwise, they would be playing a different position. You’ll be much happier if you focused most of your time on your strengths and pursued your goals in that direction. If you constantly try and fix your weaknesses, it will take more time, and at the same time decrease your self-confidence, enthusiasm, and overall performance. You don’t achieve accomplishment by constantly working on your weaknesses. They are your weaknesses for a reason, the reason being you don’t enjoy doing them.
As the year comes to a close, many people start to let go of their diet. Sleep might be decreased because of the holidays, all the tasks that need to be done prior, or even the overtime may be cutting into your sleep. Unfortunately, your days in the gym might have dwindled as well. On a good note, a New Year is coming up. New Year, new you, right?
Your health revolves around three things: the way you eat, how you sleep, and your activity. Those are the three pillars you should revolve around to be as healthy as you can be, putting genetics to the side. Control the factors that you can change and put less emphasis on the ones you can’t.
Make time for yourself. Self-care and mindfulness are keys to being happy and successful. Don’t let people take your time for granted, and you should definitely not unnecessarily waste your own time. Setting aside time for yourself and being present at the moment holds many benefits.
An organized mind is an organized life. Expect the best, but prepare for the worst. Have your google calendar reflect your to-do list. You want to leave some room for the magic of the unexpected, but your main focus should be on your priorities. The best step to take is to reflect on the previous year; see what you accomplished and what still needs to be done. This is a new chapter in your life; have it start with a good note and accomplish what has to be done first. Reevaluate your goals. Where do you see yourself in the next few years and what can you do this year to get you one step closer. Going in with a plan is always easier than going in blind. Clean up your home and get rid of those pointless items. If something hasn’t been touched or moved in years, then it’s a good probability it will stay unused, so get rid of it. Sell it or give it away; don’t let it rot and be a waste. Many people will benefit from taking a look at their finances. Budgeting and taking control of your financial situation is a key in understanding where you stand from a financial perspective. It takes time and is tedious, but it takes a lot of stress out for the future.
I’m sure as the year comes to a close we found ourselves slacking on certain things. You may have stopped going to the gym or even stopped devoting time to yourself. It’s time you break that cycle and get back to it in the New Year. The best place to start is by reorganizing, reframing, being more present, and focusing on your health. We wish everyone the best and a happy New Year!
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Call it intuition, instinct, or a gut feeling: if we followed it, we just might be a lot happier. Intuition is a skill we are all born with, but one we submerge in the business of modern living.