The holidays are upon us. If you’re anything like me you may be starting to reflect on this past year. It’s a good time to get somewhere quiet and assess the previous year before you start planning for the one to come. One important reason is that most new year’s resolutions fail because they are made spontaneously, without much thought or consideration for mistakes, mishaps, and milestones of the past.
It’s time to consider what you were able to achieve this year. What went well for you. What you could have done better and what were complete failures.
As you start to consider what you want to accomplish next year, ask yourself what you want to take into the new year with you. Would you like another try at your failures? Do you have new goals that you want to tackle?
Think about what you want to achieve both personally and professionally. These can be big goals like starting your own business or pushing for a big promotion. Or, smaller victories like saving some money or losing a little weight.
The key to checking off wins on your goal list is to be intentional. Make up your mind that you are ready and willing to do what it takes to make things happen this year. No more sitting back and hoping and wishing that this will come together for you. You have to go out and get it done!
Here are a few tips for making next year, your best year!
Create a Morning Routine
Your morning routine is essential to your self-care routine (and your sanity). It sets the tone for your day, and you are much more likely to have a positive and productive day if you have a good morning. Many of us are guilty of just going through the motions. We set our alarms for the latest possible time, press snooze more times than we should and rush around, grabbing a coffee if we have time.
Try these steps to start your day right:
- Get up earlier, give yourself time
- Speak affirmations and intentional words over your life
- Stretch in the morning and consider a short yoga or workout routine
- Don’t check your phone until after breakfast
- Drink a glass of detoxifying lemon water and eat a healthy breakfast
- Take a quick shower
- Sit and read the news or plan your day without distraction
Move Your Body
You work hard. You look after your family and take care of your home. It’s easy to think that you don’t have time to exercise. Let’s be honest though, that’s just an excuse.
Exercising is hugely beneficial to your physical and mental well-being. Basic weight training and a few cardio routines per week and you’ll feel better, sleep better, and have more energy. Your long-term commitment to exercising more can also prevent obesity, heart disease, stroke, depression and other conditions.
When you first get started you body may fight you. You may be overwhelmed with discomfort and you may not believe that you can make exercise a regular part of your life – you can! Make it easy for yourself.
If you hate the gym, exercise in other ways. Go for a jog or brisk walk around the neighborhood or park. Do you like challenges? The couch to 5k program is a fantastic start for you. And if you’re like I was initially and you’re not quite ready to brave exercising in public, try some online workout videos.
Sometimes we need a new environment, a change of scenery. Relocating is a big step and shouldn’t be taken lightly. But if you’ve been wanting to make a move, now might be your time. Don’t just stay in the same place because it’s familiar or you want to avoid the hassle – those are excuses that keep you tethered to a place that you may have needed to leave long ago.
Tip: Be sure to find a real estate professional to help make your move easy and stress-free. Call your local realtor or call Wren Realty for assistance. You’ll be happy to have someone that knows what they’re doing in your corner.
Make Time for Relationships
If you want relationships to work you need to nurture them. When we’re busy it can be easy to neglect our loved ones. We assume that they’ll always be there if we need them. And while they may, you should take advantage of every opportunity to love on those you love. If your daily life is too hectic, schedule time off or plan a weekend getaway. Just be sure to make time for what’s important to you!
Pay Attention to Your Passions
One area that often goes ignored primarily because of routine, is our work. We will be completely unhappy with our jobs and still show up every day. When you’re not excited about your life’s work you don’t push yourself to do more, be better, or develop new skills. You just fall into a rut of complacency and sometimes you even begin to believe that that’s the best you could do.
It’s time to find your purpose and discover what you’re passionate about.
Consider these questions as a guide:
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
- Are there topics that you enjoy reading or learning about?
- What makes your heart beat faster or makes you feel excited and alive?
If you can answer these questions… you’re now that much closer to knowing what you should be doing all the time.
Sometimes finding your passion and knowing what career will be a good fit for you is easy. For example: if you love taking photographs, you may decide to start working as a freelance photographer in your spare time. Slowly building a portfolio until you are ready to start your own business. But, it’s not always that obvious. Say the thing that you get really excited about is a sport, but you’ve got no talent to play yourself. In these cases, you need to think outside the box a little. Consider trying your hand as a sports writer, a sports manager, or start your own sports blog.
The key to making the most out of the coming year is to be open to possibility and opportunity. Stop limiting yourself and start doing things differently. Find ways to create momentum in your life.
Don’t be afraid to make significant changes. Everything may not work out as planned… but you’ll have new experiences under your belt and you’ll be on the right track to creating a life you love.