The new year presents us with an opportunity to reflect on 2017 and make adjustments for 2018. Visualizing a better future is the first step in creating one. However, instead of overloading your resolutions list with lofty goals, let’s take a slightly different approach. Creating the future you visualize for yourself through your set goals in life starts with you. How are you treating yourself? How are your surroundings affecting you? How do you typically go about achieving your goals? Does it work?
Taking a step back to observe yourself and your desires can help you to better navigate your goals for your new year preparation. Here are 6 tips for creating a new you in the new year:
Limit your resolutions
A common mistake going into the new year is setting too many resolutions. Overwhelming yourself with lofty goals on January 1st will most likely result in you dismissing all of them shortly after. The best option is to choose a few resolutions that are the most important to you, make them attainable, and hold yourself accountable so you’re more likely to stick with them as the year goes on. Have a physical reminder visible in your home or office, such as a picture from that vacation you want to save for or your gym schedule for the week. Focusing on only a few goals will allow you to spend more energy on achieving those goals.
Look at the big picture
Before you choose which resolutions you’d like to focus on for the year, it’s a good idea to visualize where you want to be at the end of next year. What is your job like? Who are you closest with? How much money do you have in your savings account? How healthy are you? Asking these types of questions will help you to look at the bigger picture and determine what is most important to you if you don’t already know. Picturing the ideal end result and working backward from there will also help you to nail down the specifics of your goal, as well as your reason for choosing that goal.
The path to achieving your goals is made much smoother (and more enjoyable) when you embrace a positive outlook. There are endless ways to establish positivity and there’s no one-size-fits-all method. Trial and error is the best way to find what works for you. A couple ideas include:
-Keeping a gratitude journal and writing down one thing you’re grateful for every morning
-Trading negative words for positive ones
-Taking deep breaths when you’re feeling challenged
-Learning to separate yourself from negative situations and conversations
-Having solutions when pointing out problems
Embrace your creativity
Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person, expressing that side of yourself can be a great way to relax, have fun, and get inspired. This doesn’t mean you have to create a masterpiece or show anyone else your work – though if you want to, go for it! Expressing your creativity could come in the form of doodling, cooking, painting, or crafting. Taking the pressure off and letting yourself have fun creatively can be a great way to generate ideas because it offers you a new perspective. Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite hobby as your new year preparation takes off.
Build your relationships
Remember that vision we talked about earlier about your ideal life in 2018? Who was in it? Make an effort to become closer to those people throughout the year. Pick up the phone and call. Schedule lunches or get-togethers. Rekindle friendships that you’ve been missing recently. Additionally, make an effort to positively engage with the people you come into contact with during the day-to-day. Strengthening your relationships is a great way to lift your spirits and build a strong support system around you!
Improve your environment
Your environment has a surprisingly significant impact on your life and your home should both comfort and inspire you. Take a look around your home and observe what thoughts and feelings come to mind. Is it cluttered and chaotic? Is it empty and minimal? Is it bright and cheery? If you see any areas for improvement or notice a link between how you’ve been feeling and the characteristics of your space, consider making some improvements. For example, if you’ve been feeling stressed and overwhelmed and your living space is messy and disorganized, you may find that cleaning up your home also relieves some stress.
The end of the year is an exciting time. You get to reflect on your accomplishments for 2017 and decide what you will aim to accomplish in 2018. When brainstorming resolutions, try taking a step back and looking at your goals through the lens of your desires. Once those align, choose a few of the goals you’re most excited about achieving. Don’t forget to prioritize taking care of yourself and nourishing your relationships in the new year, as these are important in helping you achieve the rest of your goals in life.