2015 sucked. There, I said it!
For me, the year was filled with way too many ups and downs. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, there were times it felt like I was riding on an emotional roller coaster. (And around August I was wondering how the heck I could get off!)
With the year finally winding down, I’m more than eager to wave goodbye to 2015 and embrace 2016 with energetic enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
Can you relate?
This year, instead of making New Year’s resolutions that will fizzle out quicker than that popped bottle of expensive champagne, why not set realistic goals that are actually attainable? (The keyword here is realistic!)
Let’s take a look!
1. Practice Your Passion
What inspires you? What gets you excited? What’s your reason for waking up in the morning? What are you really passionate about?
That’s what you need to focus on in 2016.
Don’t let another year go by without acknowledging your passions. Stop procrastinating! Take that first step – whether it’s something small, like perfecting the way you play the guitar, or something huge, like changing careers completely.
Make 2016 the year you achieve your ambitions. You owe it to yourself!
Our passions are what keep us motivated to succeed, but persistence, hard work, and dedication are the driving forces behind realizing our passions and pursuing them effectively.
My passion is writing, and this year I’m committed to turning my passion into a full-time career. I’ve already gotten a glimpse of the uphill battle I’ll be facing, but I’m up for the challenge!
If you enjoy writing, start a blog. If you like to paint, invest in some art supplies. If you want to run off and join the circus, well, I suggest you brush up on your tumbling and juggling skills. But whatever you’re passionate about, just get out there and do it!
2. Take Care of Yourself
I know, I know. The majority of the world’s population seems to recycle this resolution year after year, but there’s a reason.
A healthy body breeds a healthy mind.
The start of a new year shouldn’t be the impetus that gets us to exercise, drink more water, and eat right. But for some reason, it consistently functions as the wake up call we all desperately need!
Now that I work from home full-time, I’m adamant about staying active and maintaining a balanced diet. Use the new year to your advantage and commit yourself to making minor adjustments in your day to day. Develop healthy habits and stick to them!
3. Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
At some point, we all become complacent. We stick with what we know because it’s comfortable and safe. So what’s wrong with that?
Complacency is not okay. In fact, it can be fatal to our personal and professional development, not to mention our overall well-being. Change is what makes us stronger and more interesting as human beings. It’s what allows us to experience more of what life has to offer.
Don’t continue to run on auto-pilot. Instead, do something out of the ordinary this year. Volunteer to take on new projects at work or commit yourself to learning something new in your spare time.
Whether you mix things up in your personal life or take a chance in your professional life, embrace change and realize that it may be just what you need to grow into a better, stronger you!
4. Be Strategic and Think Outside the Box
What’s your game plan for 2016? What do you want to improve upon this year? What would you like to do differently? How are you going to handle unforeseen obstacles?
Sometimes the only way to come up with a new strategy is to take a step back and look beyond the stereotypical problem/solution format.
Easier said than done, right?
One thing you can do is speak up and speak out. It’s important to communicate your thoughts and ideas with others.
Remember, conversation sparks innovation!
Focus on improving your own workflow, as well. Concentrate on one task at a time and take on your most difficult tasks first. This will increase your productivity and help you achieve a better work/life balance.
Get creative! Sometimes all it takes is a good old-fashioned brainstorming session to get those creative juices flowing and kick start your brain into gear.
Finally, never stop learning. Self-education is key to thinking outside of that proverbial box!
5. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Life is filled with uncertainties and no one can know for sure what’s going to happen today, tomorrow, or the day after that. So why do we worry about things that don’t really matter?
Studies show that stress can contribute to a ton of health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, migraines, depression, and anxiety. Not to mention premature aging!
So this year, keep your sanity, ward off those wrinkles, and set aside some time for yourself. Take up yoga, go for daily walks around your neighbor, or just sit quietly for a few minutes to clear your mind and recharge your batteries.
Make yourself a priority! The result? A more relaxed and more confident you!
Over to you! What are your goals for 2016? And how do you plan to stick to them?