I don’t know about you, but I am soooo glad that 2017 is almost over! Now I know that the concept of change coming immediately after January 1st is completely mental, but many of us decide we’re ready for those necessary life changes once we wake up to a brand new year. Now with great change comes great responsibility. With that being said, it takes hard work, dedication, and motivation to achieve your goals. Can you lose 50 pounds, land your dream job, and find your future spouse in 2018? Of course you can! Is it highly likely? Probably not, but that’s because most of us are lazy and hate the concept of major change. Well, here are my suggestions on how to kick butt this year and make 2017 wish it never messed with you in the first place!
Throw Your Doubts Out the Window
For the love of God, please do not start out this year as a Doubtful Debbie! The more you doubt yourself, the less likely you are to start working on yourself. Even though some things are harder to achieve than others, having negative thoughts from the get-go completely hinders your progress as an individual. Hope is what encourages us as a society, and it’s what keeps us alive for the most part. A doubtful mindset can be one of the most crippling things you’ll face when trying to move forward.
Start Making Healthy Choices
I know what you’re thinking. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. Go to the gym, eat your veggies, blah, blah blah.” Of course it’s good to work on your physical health, but your mental health is equally as important. I think we are so used to living in constant stress and sadness on a daily basis, that we don’t realize that we may need help in the cranium department. Now is the time to start getting outside more, reconnecting with your loved ones, and seek out help for your mental health. I have made more of an effort in that department over the last couple of months, and I can honestly tell you that it’s made a world of difference.
Work on the Things That Drove You Nuts
Okay, this is easier said than done (just like most of my advice). In my case, I had several aspects of my life DRIVING ME UP THE WALL in 2017. Did I think I was going to lose my mind at one point? You better believe I did. Even though I came close to doing so on multiple occasions, I’ve been able to get through it. Now that I’m looking from the other side (somewhat), I realize that I need to shift my focus and go about fixing those things in a positive nature. You can’t fix everything unfortunately, and that’s where you have to be honest with yourself on what your limits are. If your limit was reached a long time ago, then it might be time to move on. Again, I know this is incredibly easier said than done.
Start Doing Instead of Just Planning
I am a planner by nature, which you can read more about here. Plans are wonderful, but a lot of us tend to chicken out when it comes to actually implementing our plans. There were a couple things hindering me from acting on my intricate plans this past year, and it made me feel extremely useless. Not only was life painfully stagnant, I couldn’t help but feel like a failure. Sometimes external forces will get in the way of your plans, but that is where you need to re-plan and START DOING. This was one of the biggest pills for me to swallow this year, and by being stubborn it caused me a lot of pain and heartache. What have I learned? Go with the flow when you need to and go back to the drawing board for Plan B.
Don’t Let 2017 Cast its Shadow on Your Future
Hah! I even laugh at myself for writing this because 2017 has somewhat branded the frontal lobe of my brain with several negative memories. This is something I’m having an ongoing struggle with, but as the Disney movie Frozen has taught us, LET IT GO, LET IT GOOOO! You don’t have to completely forget everything, but sometimes it helps to forgive and move on. If you bring in the negativity from 2017 into 2018, you’re gonna have a bad time. Mmmkay? So try your hardest not to!
Let’s make this a group effort and conquer 2018 together! If we all strive to be the best versions of ourselves that we can possibly be, we’ll be a healthier and kinder society! I know this is an extremely optimistic way to look at things, but it doesn’t hurt to try right?
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Question of the Week:
What is something you hope to accomplish in 2018?