A new year marks the beginning of so much more than just a change of dates on the calendar. It truly is the time where I reflect on my year as a whole. If you are like me, and you cling to any excuse in order to feel inspired and motivated, then I am sure you also have a list of goals that you write down at the beginning of each year. Whether you decide to stick your resolutions or not, won’t be our concern throughout this blog post. The most important thing to keep in mind is that there is a time in the year, where you feel so inspired and motivated to write down everything you expect yourself to achieve. And that is what true self-growth is all about.
If you are like me, you sometimes feel as if you really don’t know where to begin. There are so many areas in my life that I wish I can improve and work on, that I don’t know what area I should be addressing first. Below are a couple of questions that might help you organize your thoughts and ideas.
I am proud of myself for doing the following things in 2017
Before you move on to what you want to accomplish in 2018, it is so important to acknowledge everything that you have achieved in 2017. It is so important to acknowledge your accomplishment and give yourself a pat on the back for making it through 2017. Brew yourself a cup of hot tea, sit down with your thoughts and start bulleting down everything that made you happy or proud this year, don’t forget the little things, they are what matters the most.
I want to improve or learn these set of personal skills
What is something that you always wanted to learn? It can be anything from a skill that you think will look good on your resume or something that serves as a positive additive to your overall qualities. Write down all the things you want to learn, whether it’s a language or a hobby. The key here is to write down what you want before the mean girl in your head starts to talk you out of it. Be as ambitious as you can be, write things down with no fear of whether or not you’re going to accomplish them, just write as if there are no constraints tying you down, and you could accomplish and learn whatever skill your heart desires.
I want to change these habits this year
Perhaps one of the hardest things we have to face in our lives is admitting to our own flaws and faults out loud. This exercise takes a lot of courage and brutal honesty with yourself. But this is truly one of the very best ways to improve tremendously. Therefor admit to your faults, your habits, your mistakes and make the conscious effort to change them. Then when you have your bad habits down, start stating why they have dragged you down, and how quitting will benefit you.
These are the books I wish to read, places I want to go, and things I want to do
This is my favorite part of every new year’s resolution. I love to write down the books I want to read for the year, and all the different places I want to visit whether it’s a local coffee shop or a different city. I write everything that my heart desires down to the while not sparring out the tiniest detail. You can be as specific and as ambitious as you want. At the end of the day, you have to remember that these are additives to your life, not having them won’t do any harm.
A Beautiful Reminder
Writing down what you wish for yourself in a way helps you build a great relationship with you. New year’s resolutions don’t always have to be accomplished, the best thing about them is that your life was fine without them, but you just want to see how good your life can get with them. Remember that the only reason you should be doing this is that you want to improve your own self as opposed to punishing yourself if you didn’t cross out everything on your list. Don’t pressure yourself into accomplishing everything on your list, it takes all the fun out of the process. The mere fact that you are planning, plotting and wishing means that you are taking care of yourself in the present and future!