We have all heard the phrase ‘New Year, New You’ dozens of times. But what does that really mean? Is it to imply that the current version of ourselves needs to be replaced with something completely new? Probably not the greatest mindset to have at the beginning of a year. As it stands, most of us already have moments of self-doubt and insecurity … It’s completely normal and part of being human. Maybe it would be better internal programming if we accepted the current version of ourselves with the expectation that we keep working hard to make improvements and tweaks based on things we’ve learned along the way. Reflect on the previous year with a smile. Ask yourself what you really enjoyed about your experiences. Be grateful for life’s lessons and keep moving forward into this New Year and Better You!
Here are 6 ways that might help you get started and stay on track…
1. Make a list of things that worked well for you in 2021:
This may take some deep thought and hard work. It seems that our brains are wired to recall the negative stuff first. It’s likely due to the damage or mental scar that these things left behind. But it’s very important to try and pull out the positive moments from your recent past and build on them. If something you did or said created a good outcome for you, do more of those things. This may sound like too simple of a task, but if you aren’t present and conscious of it, you could easily fall back into a negative routine and forget how well something worked for you. Think about the mindset shift you could create for yourself if you were more aware of and celebrated the positive things vs. dwelling on the negative.
2. Decide what you want to say ‘no’ to in 2022:
Most people know what they need to eliminate from their lives. Even if it’s difficult to admit to themselves. It could be people that don’t encourage and celebrate you and your decisions. It could be personal habits that don’t support and improve your overall health and well-being. But it’s very important not to allow this to create shame or guilt. Give yourself grace and look at it as an opportunity for growth and perseverance.
3. Ask yourself how others might see you:
This is a great self-awareness exercise. Think about how you sound, how you appear, what example you are setting. Make choices every single day that you are proud of. Be a leader in your inner-circle or community. Ask yourself what others might think when someone mentions your name in a conversation.
4. Define your purpose … your personal focus for 2022:
This is an important one and will help get you to the place where you want to be. It’s like how a company has a tagline, a story has a theme or a designer has a style. It’s your personal brand’s message for the whole year. Decide who you want to be in 2022.
5. Set a weekly intention (within your purpose) that could help you achieve personal success:
Be realistic about these intentions. They shouldn’t be too lofty. You want to give yourself the chance to meet these intentions head on. Build on each one and soon you’ll be doing things you never thought you would.
6. Create one goal (within your purpose) each month:
Your weekly intentions should be on a mission and that is to achieve goals in your life. Start with small, attainable intentions and build up to hit a big milestone whenever you can. This isn’t meant to create stress in your life so if you have trouble one month, just try again. Be easy on yourself and stay positive. We are all on a dynamic, ever-changing, sliding-scale journey of life. It’s not supposed to be easy all the time. Challenges are good, but not to the point where it sets you back. So, go into 2022 with a happy, purposeful outlook and be excited for many good things to come your way.