Making 2016 a Year of Success, Rather Than Year of Regret
By Brielle Sparacino
2016 has finally arrived, which means the phrase “new year, new me” will emerge from the mouths of teenage hopefuls and Facebook moms once again.
It’s great that many people are set on becoming better versions of themselves but there are certain things that should be taken into consideration to ensure that this year is actually progressive and enjoyable.
The first step to having a successful year is to practice self-love. This includes accepting yourself as you are; flaws and all. If you’re having trouble accepting a certain aspect of your physical appearance, attempt to turn it into something you’re proud of.
Ladies, and gentlemen, look in the mirror and give yourself positive body reassurance when you wake up in the morning. If you feel that you need a slight attitude adjustment, make a conscious effort to be kinder and have a more optimistic outlook on challenging situations.
Self-love also includes taking any jealousy you may have obtained over the previous year and leaving it in the past. Try to work on becoming more confident with yourself, instead of holding grudges against others.
If you feel that you’re already confident enough, try maintaining that level of confidence all throughout 2016.
The second step to having a great year is to put yourself first. Self love is on the same spectrum as this, but slightly different. Putting yourself first can involve eliminating any toxic influences that have entered your life, whether they’re in reference to certain individuals or situations.
Of course, it’s not always easy to remove some people from your life, especially if family is involved in your bad vibes. You can always try to limit your contact with them as much as possible.
Attempt to surround yourself with individuals who are full of positive energy. The ones who bring out the best parts of you are the ones worth keeping. Even if you end up being put in a difficult situation this year, you’ll have these people to depend on to keep your spirits up.
The third step to having a fulfilling year is to enjoy things in moderation. This applies to that chocolate cake you’ve been thinking about all weekend, those one-of-a-kind pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing in the store window for months, and especially that three-day winter ski-trip you may not get a chance to do ever again.
It’s smart to save your money for expenses that are essential to your future but it’s not bad to spend your money and enjoy things in moderation as long as it doesn’t become an addicting habit.
The last, and very important, step, is to set short term goals throughout the year opposed to long term goals at the beginning of the year.
Short term goals are much easier to plan and stick to, whereas long term goals involve a lot more work than you probably realize. For example, setting small goals like “I will study for my exam over the course of three days instead of doing it the night before,” or “This week, I will set thirty minutes aside each day to exercise” will help you feel more accomplished and successful, which will increase your confidence and all around happiness.
Setting long term goals like “I plan on losing fifty pounds by mid-July,” or to quit smoking cigarettes are not completely impossible, but require a ton of hard work and loads of willpower. New year resolutions can lead to a complete lifestyle change and that process takes time.
If you don’t see instant results, you may begin to feel like you’ll never truly accomplish your goal, and therefore believe that you’ve failed. Be patient with yourself and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
Setting career goals are another important thing to do. For instance, if you believe that you deserve a raise at your current job, offer to perform extra tasks within your workplace. Do this by helping out a coworker, making an exceptional sale, or offering to stay an extra hour when your store is busy. You’ll be sure to get the attention of your superiors, and have better rapport in the workplace.
Another easy career goal to focus on this year is to be more productive and organized within your personal workspace. Taking baby steps like planning certain tasks in advance and finishing an important project way ahead of its due date will leave you with a clear head as well as a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day.
Investing in a monthly planner to write deadlines and important dates in is seriously recommended.
Making mental notes can leave your brain cluttered and you’ll ultimately forget more than you remember.
There is so much potential for 2016 to be a fabulous year, but don’t forget that your experience is what you make of it.
Keep the aforementioned steps in mind as often as possible. If you work hard and extend your kindness towards others, you’ll get to where you want to be without a doubt.