A new year will no doubt bring new resolutions. Making the resolutions will be easy. The motivation to see them through is oftentimes lacking.
Changing your lifestyle for the better does not have to mean drastic changes. It means making small changes every day until you have rid yourself of your bad habits.
Let us take a look at some of these changes and how you can go about it in a simple way.
The first step is to figure out what your goals in life are. The sky is truly the limit here. Think about what you have always wanted out of life. Who is it that you want to be? How do you want to be remembered?
Write all of these thoughts down on a piece of paper.
This helps you to crystallize what you want and to begin making progress toward your goals.
The next step is to realize that everyone has goals, but those that achieve their goals are the ones with laser-like focus. The ones who strive to be comfortable with being uncomfortable because they know it will pay off in the end.
The next step is to write down things that are keeping you from your goals as well as what you plan to do to slowly replace those vices with habits that will help you get closer to achieving your goals for life.
Figure out what your triggers are for the bad habits and then work hard to ensure that you have other outlets. For instance, if you want to quit smoking, figure out the triggers and the environments that promote smoking and avoid it.
It will be difficult but worth it.
Life can certainly be hard at times, but if you find productive ways to fill your time you can completely change your life.
Read books that interest you. These do not necessarily have to be nonfiction, but it would be helpful to read some on finance and managing money. A lot of adults assume they have their financial house in order when in reality this could not be further from the truth.
Read self-help books. All the advice in these books will not be helpful, but at the very least you will learn something new about yourself and gain the ability to immediately point out fictitious statements. The ability to filter out potential self-deception is a rare one. This alone will help you immensely in life.
Get into weightlifting. This habit will not only help you mentally and physically, but it will require you to push yourself. It is an incredibly rewarding habit. It will force you to re-think your diet since you want the hard work you put in at the gym to have a lasting impact.
Do not stress about extraneous life elements such as finding a partner. Focus on yourself for now. This is especially important because meaningful relationships require a lot of time and effort.
Ask for Help if You Need it
Making changes in your life can be overwhelming, and sometimes knowing where to start is difficult. If you need support, reach out to friends and family or a certified professional.
Maybe you’ve been involved in an accident and are facing significant life challenges; if so, a certified life care planner can help you. Life care planners are certified professionals who specialize in helping individuals and families manage the physical, emotional, financial, and legal implications of serious injury or illness. They can help you identify and prioritize your needs so that an appropriate plan of care can be developed and implemented.
Reaching out for help doesn’t imply that you’re weak; it often means you’re strong enough to admit that you need assistance.
Once you are focusing on the right things, you will see that more opportunities open up for you. Your perspective on life will change. Failure mustn’t be the end of the world. You are almost guaranteed to fail especially when first starting.
The important thing is that you learn and keep going.
Learning is a lifelong process. Try to push yourself to get out of your comfort zone as this is where real growth happens. Instill all of the aforementioned items and you might reflect at the end of the year realizing that you have become a whole new person and your life has changed for the better.