The year 2016 was quite an interesting one. It was great for some and miserable for others; depending on who you ask. It was really bad on a national news level as we lost so many of Hollywood royalty from Prince to Princess Leia. As I was reading through the social media feeds yesterday, I noticed many people promising to do everything for themselves from the disposal of bad friendships, quit their jobs, lose weight, be a better person and so on. I’ve found through my experience that the best way to break a new year’s resolution is to make one. The better option is setting goals. Realistic short-term goals that match your current life situation. Below are 10 helpful tips I’ve compiled that I think will help you to make your 2017 better than yesteryear. I figure after the mayhem that was 2016 – many may need it.
- Recognize Yourself as the source – Anything that manifests itself in your life starts with you. As human beings we create the environment that we’re in daily just by the energy we bring to our space. You can either collude with negativity or you can change the space by injecting a more positive energy into it. With social pressures and our daily interactions it’s not always easy to be cheerful. But, it certainly makes life much easier to deal with when you have the right kind attitude.
- Become More Self-Aware – Having self-awareness allows you to see where your thoughts and emotions are taking you. It also allows you to take control of your emotions, behavior, and personality so you can make changes you want. When you have a clear perception of who you are and what you wish to become – you are then able to dominate what your victory will be and are able to block out anything that isn’t conducive to it.
- Look forward to Mondays – The only thing that gives you the Monday blues is the fact that you see Fridays and weekends as the highlight of your week. Mondays are actually great. It’s a great day to prep and plan a brand new week filled with endless possibilities.
- Stop worrying about Donald Trump – I hate to put it this way–but he is our President. Deal with it. Truth be told, your boss has more control over what could happen to you tomorrow than Trump does. Refocus your energy. He’ll be out in four years.
- Iron sharpens iron – Nothing contributes more to one’s success and happiness than carefully chosen associates. You likely have to dispose of or “cut off” friends at the start of every New Year because you suck at how to make them. It’s not that difficult to keep friends when you understand how to befriend those who are committed to the same goal as you.
- Steer clear of distractions – This includes drama, sex, foolishness, social media trends, the lazy and apathetic, the loud and obnoxious, things that incite fear and negativity, etc. If after 30-40 days into the year, you find yourself wondering why it seems like everything has slowed. It’s likely because you are distracted with one of the above things.
- Make the Journey fun – Like with number 6, the minute you make it serious to the point where you are distracted, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again. Focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting. If you do this your motivation will always be fueled year-round.
- Drink More Water – Hydration is tremendously important for overall health not just physical.
- Read More Books, Less Social Media Feeds – Knowledge is power. Nothing nourishes the spirit and stirs the senses like information. Unlike the passive activity of television and scrolling through social media feeds on your phone; reading a book takes mental effort. This mental effort results in keeping your mind sharp and engaged.
- Smile more – Smiling encourages happy thoughts and reinforces feelings of joy. Perfect daily exercise for start of a New Year.
As our late great Prince once stated: “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. ‘Cause in this life. Things are much harder than in the afterworld. In this life. You’re on your own”
He’s right. The only person responsible for this life, is you. I’ve learned that the best way to navigate through it is simply by exercising better habits and changing the way you see yourself. Not only for 2017 – but beyond.