Happy new year! Are you ready to start your new year (new decade!) off in the right direction? Sometimes knowing where you’re going means knowing where you’ve been, so now is the perfect time to reflect in order to properly reset for the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.
Sparking a Bright Future Starts with Self-Reflection
It’s natural to feel a renewed sense of hope for the possibilities that lie ahead in the new year. To maximize the fruitfulness of a path forward, one is best served by self-reflecting on important aspects of one’s life such as relationships, mind and body wellness, creativity, purpose, and financial wellness, wiping the slate clean for a fresh start.
Ready for a reset? Here is a list of ideas to map a course for a fulfilling new year:
- Make peace with the past: Was your glass half empty in 2019? In the 2010s? How are your relationships? Have you made good financial decisions? Before you can move forward, you must make peace with the past. Whatever obstacles you’ve faced, be they challenging or empowering, let them go. Life’s moments are fleeting, so live in the present and look to the future. The past is behind you. Leave it there.
- Write it down: A journal is an incredibly therapeutic tool. With pen and paper (or a keyboard), the world can make clearer sense. Whether it’s working out one of life’s dilemmas, capturing the essence of a memory, scribbling down a big idea, or tracking achievements, a journal is a place to be free and honest. Have goals for 2020 and beyond? List them in a journal. Weighing a life-changing decision? Jot pros and cons in a journal. For a fun twist, Google the term “bullet journal” and explore the boundless opportunities for journaling.
- Strive for an attitude of gratitude: One strategy for bringing more goodness into your life is to actively recognize all the blessings already present. Gratitude begets good fortune, particularly when you slow down and truly take stock of all that is good—and this includes the small stuff, like a smile from a stranger or a hug from a child, which really adds up.
- Find fitness: Yes, it’s cliché to suggest fitness in January, but staying active on a daily basis is such a critical component of whole-body wellness, it simply couldn’t be left off the list. Not only does a commitment to being active lead to a healthier body but it also boosts your mood and your energy levels, clearing the path for greater creativity, productivity, and happiness. Give it a try—what do you have to lose?
Cheers to a new beginning! As they say, every day is the first day of the rest of your life. Are you poised to make the best of it? Take some time now to reflect and reset so you’re ready for anything life brings your way.
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