As human beings, there is one thing we can count on with absolute certainty ― none of us are perfect. Even the most brilliant minds in our history had flaws. The measure of one’s success can be shown by how many times they keep persisting despite their countless failures. When we mess up many of us tend to shut down, and eventually stop trying. Whatever it is you are after, whether it be a small or drastic change, don’t give up on yourself. Don’t let your failures get in the way of your ultimate aim. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all.” -J.K. Rowling
Failure to prepare is just preparing to fail. You cannot wait until January 1st to start your New Years goals. Start TODAY! If one of your goals is to be healthier and more active, hit the gym and get rid of that stash of junk food now. There is no sense in waiting until the new year to chase your goals. If you put them off until later, you are most likely not going to stay persistent in accomplishing those goals. So whatever your aim may be, make sure you have a plan and that you stay resolute in that plan ― keep a journal, wake up earlier. Get. Stuff. Done.
DE-CLUTTER YOUR LIFE
The new year is all about a fresh start, so what better time to de-clutter? This not only goes for things you’d like to clean up around the house but your mind. I always feel relaxed, happy and organized after I de-clutter. Eliminating all the things in your life that no longer serve you any good will make a world of a difference in your clarity of thought. Get rid of all the clothes you skim past in your closet and donate whatever you can. Go through your handbags and dig out those long lost lipsticks and throw away your old receipts. The same thing goes for around the house ―any old papers, last year’s magazines, etc. need to be tossed in the recycle bin. Don’t forget to clean your car because if you’re anything like me you probably have 20 bottles of water rolling around under the seats. De-cluttering your life is the perfect start to the new year!
CREATE A VISION
It pays to plan ahead and think of a compelling vision for what you want in life. Envisioning the life of your dreams is a great way to help guide you towards making the best choices for yourself in order to propel your life forward. If you give yourself an end point to move toward for the year, you are likely to succeed far beyond what you would otherwise achieve with a clouded vision. That being said, I highly encourage you to find inspiration and think about how you want to feel and what you want to gain when you set your goals for the New Year.
STEP OUT OF YOUR BOX
I personally find great pleasure in learning and trying new things. Having been homeschooled since I was little means that I have had many opportunities to learn and experience many new and exciting things that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do. Remember that it is never too late to learn something new. Be a lifelong learner. Whether you are taking on photography, cooking, racquetball, reading something new, whatever it may be, I highly encourage you to step out of your box and try something you think you might like. Taking this small step could open up new doors and make you feel happier and more fulfilled (and trust me, it will). 🙂
Most importantly, just be yourself and let your inner beauty shine through. Don’t take yourself too seriously; have fun but stay focused at the same time.
Do you have any advice on how to make 2016 a happier, more successful year?