10 Tips for a New Year and a New You
Starting off the New Year right is a common goal. Somewhere during the first month or so, however, if we believe what we read or hear in the media, most of us abandon our resolutions or decide we need to take a break. Either they were too ambitious, impractical, too many to reasonably accomplish, or some other real or imagined reason for quitting. What may be a far more realistic ambition, though, is to stick with overarching goals that allow room for incremental improvement — and a feeling of accomplishment. Here are 10 tips for a New Year and a new you.
Figure out what you’re good at.
Have you been told often by friends and family members that you show a talent for baking, or that you’re a whiz at math, can figure out how to take anything apart and put it back together the right way? Do you find that you’ve excelled at school in drama, or biology or know history easily? There are strong hints here that should tell you what you have an aptitude, innate skill or talent for, especially when you can do it with ease and find the process exciting and enjoyable. Math majors can find satisfying careers in numerous fields, from accounting at a business to becoming a CPA to branching off into areas like medicine, computer programming, and more. Once you determine what you’re good at — even if you’ve failed to consider this in the past — you’ve got some pluses in your quest to work on a new you this year.
Enlist support of friends to motivate and encourage you.
It’s easy to become discouraged if you’ve embarked on a journey to create a new you that’s so different and challenging you begin to wonder if you’ve chosen the wrong path. Thinking back to what you’re good at and what truly inspires you, if the stage of your journey you’re in seems a little tough to take, you need some words of encouragement and motivation from others to help you navigate the hurdles. Others may have suggestions, or just be there for you to listen and remind you how you’ve tackled difficulties before and come out a winner.
Make quality me-time a priority.
You’ll soon find it tough to keep going on your pursuit of a new you if everything you do involves heavy lifting. That means that you’re constantly on the go and taking on too much without giving yourself a break. Even machines break down without being idle at times, so it must be a priority for you to take time for yourself daily. It can be short, 10-15 minutes, or longer on some days, whatever it takes to allow you to recharge, relax and regain your sense of harmony. Be sure to stand up and move around, especially if you work at a desk. And, if you travel frequently, maybe cut it back if you’re too anxious and can’t sleep.
Use reminders to keep you on track.