Happy New Year and Welcome to 2018! For some, 2017 was a rough year, and others it was the best year of your life, or if you are anything like me it was a mix of both. Regardless of that, the beginning of a new year evens the playing feel, and we all get the same clean slate. Many people find it the whole “new year new me” a cliché and I don’t disagree with them, but they forget that it’s the chance or opportunity that many have been waiting for. For those who are willing to see the new year as another chance, then stick around!
Today I am going to share 5 things I like to do when transitioning into a new year. Throughout the rest of the month, I will share more posts centered around the new year, goal setting, and starting off on the right foot. But for today, let’s just start with the small steps
- Be Honest with Yourself
You are about to end a year, and this is probably the best time to tie up loose ends from the previous year. Reflect on what happened, because often we think the year was nothing or uneventful, but when we sit down and think about it we realize just how crazy your year was. Think about the good, the bad, the decisive moments, the times you failed or achieved something. Remember all those funny and embarrassing moments and those times when you didn’t quite feel yourself. These things have shaped who you are going into 2018, and you need to fully accept they happened, and move on from the ones that were not a positive influence. What this helps to do is show you how much you have changed, and you have not even realized it.
- Establish who you are
The last point perfectly leads into this tip. You need to establish who you are, a lot has changed since the last New Years. Take this time to see how strong you have become. Maybe you have become more confident, or clever, or kind. Or maybe some situations have led you to lose confidence, or become bitter and please know that it is not necessarily a bad thing, life tends to wear people down. If that is what happened then think of 2018 as a chance to maybe not be as bitter or to work towards gaining back your confidence. Perhaps you are content with how 2017 changed you, and if you are then head into 2018 with full force. But before you enter into the new year, evaluate who you are and what you are made of. You are all tough, confident, kind, generous, lovely people. It’s just a matter of finding that part of you that life has pushed away. But I believe that if I can, or anyone else can, so can you.
- Buy an Agenda
Once the self-evaluation is over, its time to get working. Take that new-found energy and put it to good use. And the first thing you should do is buy an agenda, it doesn’t have to be a fancy expensive one (like I bought, but I honestly love and cherish that thing), it can even be from the dollar store. What matters is that it has a page and the correct dates for the year in it.
Now that you have a new agenda its time to get planning (I will do a more in-depth blog post about this and goal setting later in the month). Planning is half of the job, but once you plan out your goals, your appointments, and daily to-dos you will feel so much better. The mess that has been swimming around in your head is now down on paper and you can visually see this mess, and see what is worth being there and what you can just throw away. I always say, plan, plan, plan and plan some more. Planning eases us when we are stressed and anxious, as well as makes us more organized. But do remember that with all this planning you need to be flexible, and you need to be able to adapt to whatever life throws at you. Plan a lot, but keep an open mind.
- The ‘New Year Phase’ does not Define your Entire Year
So often we forget that a year has 12 months, 365 days, and a whole lot of hours. So much can change, you can change so much, everything can take a 180 in an instant! If you get to a point and you realize that the goals or new years resolutions you set at the beginning of the year don’t align with you or your situation now, its okay to re-evaluate them. It does not mean you are a quitter, or lazy, it means you are being responsible and seeing what works best for you and not anyone else, or whatever society dictates. As well, if you get to the end of next year and didn’t have the year you expected just remember that you did your best and you gave it you’re all. That’s what matters the most at the end of it all, that you didn’t give up and you kept pushing forward.
For the rest of the month, I will be sending positive vibes, motivations and more your way! Have a wonderful year, and keep going! You got this!!
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!