I may be bias because it’s my birthday month, but January is definitely one of my favorite months of the year. Although it’s sad to say goodbye to the festive holiday season, I’m always excited to start the new year with a clean slate. The month of January gives us a chance to reflect on the past year and figure out what worked and didn’t work. It’s a chance to start believing and dreaming again as we forget about our shortcomings or struggles of the past year. I don’t know about you, but January fills me with a newfound strength, purpose and clarity. I think the hardest part is making this feeling last! That’s likely why so many people join the gym in January and by March, many have settled back into their old ways.
That being said, I’ve been thinking about how I can set up my goals for the long run. I don’t want to forget about how inspired, motivated and happy I’m feeling in this moment. I know life isn’t perfect and we’re going to have those days that get us down. Therefore, I think it’s vital to have constant, daily reminders of what we’re working toward. Overall, I can’t say that 2017 was the most life-changing year for me. It was filled with a few highs, but one very low period. One high being that I was finally able to take the next step in my career and land a job that brings me joy with an incredible, supportive team. A low being the anxiety I struggled with toward the end of the year that I’d never experienced before in my life.
Here’s how I’m planning to tackle 2018 with a few tips and tricks that will hopefully continue to remind me of my goals, hopes and dreams for the coming new year and beyond.
Evaluate What Didn’t Work in 2017
It wouldn’t be wise to repeat the same actions that made you unhappy in the previous year, right? So have a good think about what you can avoid or remove from your life completely in the coming year. Maybe it’s a toxic friendship or a negative pattern of thinking. Either way, repeating the same behavior isn’t going to get you anywhere. If you find that you were complaining about the same thing over and over again in 2017, take action to change it. Also, remember not to set your sights too high. For example, I’d like to set a goal to go to the gym everyday, but I know that’s unlikely to happen. Instead, I want to get into yoga and take a few workout classes that get me motivated to continue my fitness journey.
Create a Vision Board
I’ve known about vision boards for a while now, but never thought of creating one myself until recently. A vision board is essentially a collage of visuals that represent your aspirations and the things you want to manifest into your life. These boards are creative tools that are beloved by life coaches and apparently used by #ladybosses like Ellen Degeneres and Beyonce. Who knew! Basically, the theory of visualizing your goals will tell you that in order to attract what you want, you must see it, feel it and embody it. However, having the pictures on your board isn’t going to do anything unless you put your mind to work. You may be skeptical of the idea like I was, but just give it a try because you’ll never know if you don’t. Remember to put your board somewhere you’ll see it everyday. Mine is right by my bed, so I see it when I wake and go to sleep everyday.
Use a Bullet Journal
Standard planners never seem to work for me. I always use them the first few months of the year because they end up disappearing from my tote bag. I just can’t be bothered. Some of you may struggle with this too. The bullet journal is different, though. The reason being is that the system for it is flexible and adaptable. You can tailor the organization of the journal to fit your needs. And that’s why it’s working for me. Now I won’t rant on and on about the bullet journal because you can find hundreds of videos on Youtube if you want to learn more about it. Just keep in mind that yours doesn’t have to look like a work of art. I don’t really care if mine is pretty as long as it’s functional and helps me be more productive.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
You may have heard of this book. I haven’t actually read the entire thing, but I’ve read this article, which basically sums it up. Although I strongly believe in the power of positive thinking, I do think that it’s not always the key to living a happy, rich life. As Manson says, shit is f*cked and we have to live with it. It’s refreshing and brutally honest to look at life in this way. Manson says that there are only so many things we can give a f*ck about so we need to figure out which ones really matter. And I couldn’t agree more. There’s a good chance you’re worrying about things that aren’t worth your brainpower, right? We need to embrace our fears, faults and uncertainties because that’s the only way we’ll find the courage to live the life we really want in 2018 and beyond.
Not to get all motivational, self-help guru on you, but I hope these tips motivate and inspire you to give 2018 all you’ve got. Good luck and talk soon! Xx
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