5 Ways To Start Your Year With A Bang
| Written by Hani Khaursar
How quickly a year has passed! Whether the year was awesome or semi-awesome or maybe even not quite awesome, there’s always a chance to change that this year! It’s nice having a fresh start, perhaps even a chance to do things differently.
Here are six ways to start your New Year with a bang!
Reflect on your accomplishments
It’s so easy to focus on the bad things that happen - especially during this time of year. Things are wrapping up, Facebook is giving you your 2015 roundup, New Year’s eve is fast approaching, and you’re thinking of all those things you didn’t get to do in 2015. Well stop. How about, grab a sheet of paper and write down all the good things that happened. Write down all the things you’ve accomplished, things that made you feel good, the trips you took, the friends you made, the issues that you worked on within - anything that brings about a good feeling and a smile to your face! It’s easy to focus only on the bad and forget all the good. But we’re not going to do that are we? When you’re done, hang up this list where you can see it and be reminded that 2015 was a pretty awesome year after all!
Have a plan
Now that you’re full of gratitude, let’s create a plan for 2016. I am not a ‘planning’ person, but I still create an outline of what I want my year to look like. If you are someone who enjoys a good plan, then by all means go ahead and create one! But if not, a general outline of things you’d like to make happen, places you want to visit, job promotions, business growth, personal growth, relationship, how you want to feel, children, finance, health etc is good enough. It’s important to remember that just because you’ve written it down, it doesn’t mean that you can’t change your mind later - sometimes something better comes along or something starts as something and then changes into something else. And sometimes, you just don’t want it anymore. It’s all okay.
Give 2016 a theme
I’ve always given my year a theme. Sometimes it’s a few different themes. Sometimes the theme changes each quarter! 2015 was about self-love and growth. This year will be all about creativity and expansion. You can play around with your theme. It could be something you want more in your life, or something you already have but want to be better at, or something you’re curious about.
Focus on one thing at a time
The thing about New Year resolutions is that we always try to focus on too many things at once. We’re excited, and we want all the good things to happen right now so we may reap the benefits. A few weeks later, we’re not doing any of our resolutions and we’re back to square one. So try this:
Focus on just ONE resolution at a time.
Decide which one you think is the most important and dedicate at least one month to it - although three months would really hammer this habit in. If you feel you can handle more, sure, but when you’re at a crossroads and you can only do one thing, do the one that you’re focused on. So let’s say you’ve decided to quit smoking and start running three times a week. You’ve picked ‘quit smoking’ as your most important focus. So this is your resolution for the next three months whereas running is your secondary focus. For the next three months, do everything you can to not smoke. Sure you can run, but don’t sweat it if you skip a run, because your focus is on quitting smoking. Once you feel you can safely stay away from smoking, then shift your focus to your next goal.
Your willpower is like a muscle and if overused it will tire out. This is when you break resolutions. If your willpower only has to focus on one thing at a time, there is a higher chance of success.
Don’t stress the small stuff
I’d like you to make a promise to yourself. That in 2016, you’re going to cut yourself some slack. We’re so hard on ourselves. We are the worst people when it comes to treating ourselves nicely. So how about this year, we don’t sweat the small stuff? Or at least we try our best not to anyway.
Happy New Year, everyone!