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It’s that time of year again, when everyone and their mother seems to be making New Year’s resolutions or planning on ways to make themselves and their lives better. This tradition has been going on for nearly 4000 years since the ancient Babylonians wrote down what they called their New Year “resolves”: little reminders of how to live and think more peacefully among their fellow mankind.
I think there’s something cleansing and motivational about going into a New Year. A time when the past can really feel like the past, old grievances can be let go, and inspiration is had by people to transform their lives, break bad habits, build more (hopefully healthier) habits, and ultimately get that much closer to becoming the people we always wanted to be.
I do it every year. Some years more successfully than others. So, I know how hard it can be to accomplish said goals and transform ourselves and our lives like we dream of. But I’m getting closer and at least a little bit better every year around the sun- and so can you!
So, here are some tips- some I’ve observed, some I’ve read and liked from others- to help you set goals that actually STICK and help you FINALLY live and build a life you can be proud of. Because as we can almost all agree, a New Year can make you feel like a New You is possible, and that hope and drive is what keeps the world progressively spinning.
Tip 1: Decide who you are and what you REALLY want out of life.
Tip 2: Think about some REALISTIC things you’d like to see happen for yourself in this next coming year.
Tip 3: Think about the little things you can start doing TODAY to get closer to being and living as the person you want in the future.
Tip 4: Write it down.
Tip 5: Break some old habits.
Tip 6: Tell someone.
If you haven’t noticed by the outrageous number of people who seem to make resolutions of some kind every year, setting New Year’s resolutions and goals for your life is honestly kind of easy if you have any self-awareness at all. The problem, however, becomes MAINTAINING it and seeing it to completion when you’re tired, discouraged, the scale isn’t budging and you feel like a fool for even trying. But don’t listen to those negative voices in your head that have caused you to give up on your dreams- or worse- have convinced you not to even try to go for them at all to begin with. With a New Year- as well as every new day that you wake up for- there is a chance to BEGIN AGAIN and become a better version of yourself.
So, don’t give up. Believe in yourself. Write goals down. Share them with someone who gets you. Be patient with yourself, and be OK with setting smaller, more obtainable goals. This New Year just gives you another chance to become a “new” and “better” version of you that you always imagined. Baby steps, an honest view of yourself, and a willingness to at least TRY to better yourself little by little is all it takes.
New Year’s or not. You can do it, I believe in you. It’s better late than never to at least try.
Contributed by Tiffany Grand
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