Like a passing fad, 2016 has come and gone. Memories have been created and adventures have been made. Once again, we’ve all reached the point when we take deep self-reflections, ponder over all that has happened, and plan for better days ahead.
Working hard to become a better person, to live a better life and, to create awesome memories is a must-do, irrespective of the time of the year. However, this particular season of the year, the new year season, provides a more official reason to do so.
However, before making an endless list of new year’s resolutions, certain attributes have to be exhibited and certain steps have to be taken to make the resolutions stick.
Hence, in order to make your 2017 new year’s resolutions more practical and effective, heed to the below tips.
Simply celebrating the new year’s eve with a smile on your face and a new year’s resolutions in your heart is never enough to have a great new year.
The year 2016 may not have been the best or most productive year for you. In fact, you may have experienced the most devastating trials and failure — however, what do you get from clinging on to the sad memories?
To get the most out of the new year or to be at the peak of your productivity with a high morale to succeed at will, you must endeavor to flush down the sad memories together with the year 2016. No matter how bad the year may have been, there must exist certain good memories — cling on to them.
Instead of letting your shortcomings in the year 2016 to haunt you over and over, let go and focus on the good side. Practice positivity and never forget — what’s coming is always better than what’s gone.
Love and be happy
Slow down a bit, by love, I’m not only referring to the couples kinda love (although it’s important too) — love everyone around you. Everyone you ever come in contact with, do the little you can to put a smile on their face. Lend helping hand to people. Chase the good of everyone around you. Make as many people as possible happy on a daily basis.
You don’t necessarily need to own unlimited resources in order to make a positive difference in someone’s life — simple acts of kindness go a long way too. Simply listening to a person’s heart pour, simply giving someone a tip/advice, simply keeping a person company — all these counts!
Love and happiness go hand in hand. When you love, you strive to make as many people as possible happy (doesn’t mean you live to please/impress people though). And as I’ve learned through my own experience, the more happiness you give away, the more happiness you get back in return.
Make resolutions and make them stick
Making a new year’s resolution can be quite easy. You can wake up on 1st January, stretch a bit and make a list of goals, objectives, and standards you wish to live up to.
However, making resolutions that sticks requires a little more than just writing down a list — it takes a burning desire, passion, great will and courage to make new year’s resolutions that sticks.
Resolutions don’t magically get accomplished/achieved. However, with great determination, it only takes little effort to make resolutions come to pass because of the heated up emotions that accompany the festive period.
- Take a new approach towards making resolutions
Don’t make resolutions like “my new year’s resolutions is to be successful.”
Everyone wants to be successful of course. Detail your resolutions down to the starting point and note down the steps to follow in order to make it happen. Break it down into goals.
Do you want to earn lots of money? Then list down the procedures to follow in order to earn the money. Yours could be to get a degree, earn some experience, get a job, and then make money. You don’t become successful simply because you wished for it — You become successful because you wished for it and worked for it.
Hence, making hundreds or thousands of resolutions won’t make any difference if you don’t take action.
Quit Existing and Live
Get on with living. Don’t wait till big things happen. Utilize the little things around to give yourself the best life possible. You deserve to not just exist. You deserve to live!
- Take a trip
- Go to festivals
- Learn new skills and discover new hobbies
- Meet new people
- Try out new things; new food, culture, daily routine, etc.
- Catch up with old friends
- Make your happiness a priority
The goal is to work hard to make things happen. But then, can you really work hard if you’re not in the right state of mind? Take some time off to re-energize yourself.
Don’t wait till you hit a million dollar jackpot before you cut yourself some slacks. Sometimes, all the mind boost you ever need is experienced from taking a rest.
I know this from my own experience — As a writer, whenever I experience severe writer’s blocks, all I do is take a little time off, watch movies, play games, socialize, or do anything at all that freshens my mind. Trust me, doing this does wonders.
Don’t be so worried about the future that you miss out on the present. Decide what you want, take the right approach, put in the effort, and let everything flow in whatever direction it wants.
Knowing fully well that you’re on the right track and that you’re doing the right thing is simply what’s important.
Working hard to live a better life is only natural. However, never trade any opportunity to make yourself a little happier on a daily basis.
Hence, while waiting for your life and career to take off, find ways to keep yourself happy. You never know when the good things are gonna find you. Till then, however, explore and give yourself the best life possible.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. – Omar Khayyam
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