Greetings! To those of you who may have been waiting for last week’s posts, I’m sorry! The last-minute holiday rush was a nightmare, so things were a little too hectic for me to properly update.
Here are my belated (but still heartfelt) holiday wishes to you and your families; I hope everything was jolly, merry, joyous, etc.
Every year we talk about how the past year may not have been the best year yet, but how the next year will be “The One”. Like New Year’s resolutions, if you’re not doing it right, you’re just dooming yourself. So here are a few steps to take so we can welcome 2015 with the right attitude:
Step 1: Self-reflection
Before 2015 even starts, think about the past year. Did you accomplish your goals that you set earlier in the year? If so, what worked? If not, what didn’t?
Focus on both the highs and the lows of the year. It’s not enough to look at what went right; if you want to improve your life, you have to be willing to face the moments when you could have handled a situation better, and then fix it.
Even better, try doing this periodically through the upcoming year so that you’re already gearing to welcome 2016!
Step 2: Celebrate the night away
New Year’s is an especially symbolic celebration for many of us, since it’s a chance for us to “start with a clean slate”, so to speak. So with the end of 2014, celebrate! Go out or stay home for the night… it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it’s what you want to do. Hell, if you want to sleep through the ball drop, then by all means! You do you.
Step 3: Commit to New Year’s resolutions that matter
But don’t just make unrealistic goals for yourself. If it helps, try starting off small, and build your way up from there. It should be a gradual growth into a long-standing habit that withstands the years.
Remember, if you want great results, you need to spend some time thinking out a great plan for yourself as well. Build short-term and long-term plans for whatever you’re aiming to improve in 2015.
If you want to improve your writing, for example, aim to write at least once a week (more than once is perfectly fine too!) to get yourself into the habit. Then once you’re feeling confident, increase it to twice a week, and so on.
Step 4: Don’t let others (and yourself) get you down
When people make resolutions, others scoff. Don’t be discouraged if you see someone on Facebook post up a status about the futility of New Year’s resolutions. If making the most out of your 2015 means creating resolutions as a means to better living, then keep on truckin’. No one but yourself can determine your success.
Step 5: Go back to Step 1
I’ll be honest; I used to be one of those people who would scoff at others’ attempts to create New Year’s resolutions. Ultimately, whether New Year’s resolutions work or not boils down to your effort to accomplish them. So if it doesn’t look like your resolution is sticking, it’s okay! You don’t even need to wait until December 2015 to do step 5. Just rinse and repeat until you get a steady habit going.
There you have it! Let’s welcome 2015 together with our eyes, arms, and hearts open.
Brain poke of the day: What resolutions have you made in previous years that didn’t quite stick? Did you make any adjustments to your resolutions to make them more manageable?
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