Making The Most Of The New Year

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The new year has been here for a bit. You went to the parties and toasted with Moet or Veuve, but have you thought about how to improve personally in 2016?

Personal growth isn’t something that you do once and then put yourself on autopilot. If you want to continue experiencing new opportunities in life and feel like you are moving forward, you should always be learning, improving, and developing. You might want to become more productive at work or learn new skills or crafts. Don’t get overwhelmed by the big picture, because you can start improving yourself with simple activities each day, or pursue goals that might take some time to accomplish. Little changes will eventually snowball into something big! So if you’re someone who longs for more knowledge and growth, here are a some steps to help you get started for the new year ahead.

Start Every Day With Intention

How many of you checked your Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat before rolling out of bed and washing your face? I’ve been up for hours today, checked all of these things, and still haven’t gotten out of bed. We literally live in a world where what is happening on a tiny phone screen is taking precedent over what is happening in our daily lives. When you wake up in the morning, instead of scrolling for 30 minutes, reflect on what the day is going to be like and set at least one intention you want to accomplish that day. It’s a small start, but it’s important to make sure that you are being intentional every day. When you get used to this, you can start taking on bigger and better goals.

Take Up A New Hobby

Hobbies are a great way of learning new skills and meeting interesting people who share your passions. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but always put off? Now is the time to get involved. Think about how you want to grow and choose a hobby based on this. For instance,you might wish to get in better shape, so a sport like ice skating, rock climbing, or even just going for a walk outside might be ideal. Or you may want to improve your crafting skills, so why not try knitting or learn calligraphy?

Look for workshops, groups or seminars in your local area and see what they have to offer. There are so many great resources that offer workshops for free! Don’t be afraid to try out new things, as they will encourage you to expand and enhance the skills you already have, figure out what you like and don’t like, all while meeting new people and expanding your network.

Start Positive Habits

It takes 21 days to form a new habit and make it stick. The new year is the perfect time to introduce new habits into your life. This year, I have a goal to read one book a month, and the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (which is on my reading list for March) has some great tips for sticking with your goals. Some habits you might want to build may include waking up early, writing a daily post, or reading a chapter in a book each night. Think about habits you currently have that aren't serving you well, and how you can swap them for positive ones instead. There is often a very simple solution to breaking bad habits, and it usually means replacing bad habits with good ones; we just need to be strong enough to enforce them. Change one habit at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Create Realistic To-Do Lists

Many of us need lists to keep us stay on track. These lists can involve deadlines, goals and significant dates that will assist you in staying organized. You create your to-do list, so make it realistic. Don’t set deadlines that will be difficult to reach or rush into a meeting without any thought or preparation. This is guaranteed to leave you feeling unfulfilled and confused, which  could hinder your progress. Even the simplest of goals can make you feel great and allow yourself time to adjust to ideas and change. It doesn’t have to be done quickly, so giving yourself a reasonable time frame will make the process more enjoyable.

 Start Practicing Gratitude

Just as every morning you need to start your day by setting your intention so you can make sure you keep progressing, end each night by reflecting on what you accomplished and feeling grateful for what your day brought to you.

Practice gratitude by thinking about the top three things that influenced you, made you feel happy or were pleasant surprises, and start to relive the positive feelings they brought you. You’ll be sure to keep bringing more positivity into your life.

So however you want to grow or improve in 2016, consider using these steps to make sure you start off right. Stay positive and create goals each week to avoid getting bored or losing focus. Become the best version of yourself and reap the rewards.

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