The new year is the perfect time for changes and all things “new and improved.” Don’t be afraid to welcome positive changes in 2016. All the things that surround us can end up defining us, so if your goal this year is to unveil a “new you,” you will change in the world around you as well. With that in mind, it’s never too late to come up with your New Year’s resolution to kickstart your personal growth.
The New You
Typical New Year’s resolutions, such as getting in better shape or getting are a new job are great goals for the new year, but there are other ways to recreate yourself as well. A new you may mean that you have to accept certain things about yourself rather than trying to change them. Sometimes acceptance of yourself will bring you a peace that could positively impact the other areas in your life. A new you may be a goal to foster new relationships, get more involved in a cause that’s dear to you, or ditching a bad habit that you’ve been trying to break.
Time well spent leads to well being. Cut out the areas in your life where you find yourself mindlessly wasting time. Maybe you spend too much time in front of the TV or on the computer. Screen time tends to be a real issue with both kids and adults these days. Supplement your usual “screen time” with exercise, playing with the kids, or meeting up with someone face to face, not face to screen or set yourself a “screen time limit.”
How to Accomplish Change
Set small realistic goals rather than a general goal that’s easy to abandon. For example, set a goal to walk at least 10 minutes every day rather than setting the vague goal of “being more active.” Manage your expectations; change doesn’t happen overnight!
It may even be a good idea to enlist a friend or family member to hold you accountable to your goals. Partnering up with a friend who has a similar goal is the best way to share your success get some extra encouragement along the way.
So where should you even begin? Look at where you’re spending your time and energy. Once you start to quantify what’s draining your battery on a day to day basis you’ll have a better roadmap for setting a few primary goals. It may not be easy to put the microscope on yourself, but once you do, you’ll be able to take the first steps to your self improvement.
Here’s to the new year and the new YOU!