Happy New Year! I’ve read a lot of social media posts that reviewed 2016 as a year that many couldn’t wait to put behind them. Was that you? If so, what are you doing to make sure 2017 doesn’t follow down that same path? I have a few ideas that you may find helpful in order to be happier and more successful. I promise they’re quick and simple!
First, identify what truly makes you happy. Do you ever do things or go to places in order to please other people? I know I do! Doing something for someone else can feel really rewarding, but you have to make sure you’re also prioritizing your own needs. Take a look at your everyday routine and pick out three things that you regularly do because you genuinely enjoy them. Maybe you have just one thing a day that you do for yourself or perhaps you don’t do anything that you actually enjoy. If the latter describes you, please make a change! The late and great Dr. Seuss once said, “There is no one alive who is youer than you.” Think about how much greater the world would be if each person did more of what they love. Now, think about how you can change your world by simply doing more things that you enjoy. Be bold and do something you love every single day.
Second, incorporate a small dose of the thing(s) you love into your daily routine. I know a lot of really busy people and each of those people has a daily routine. Some routines are centered around tasks, while others are centered around intentions. Do you always make a cup of coffee when you wake up? Do you respond to text messages each night before bed? Whatever you do each day, consistently and as a matter of habit, is part of your routine. Since you’re doing some of the same things every day, why not do things you really enjoy? Time is, without a doubt, the crutch that so many people in my life hold onto when they explain why they aren’t doing more of what they love. Priorities shift based on what you choose to give importance too. How important is your happiness to you? If you’re like me, I make sure that I take at least five minutes to do something I love each day. Pick something really simple, like listening to your favorite song, just to start up a habit!
Lastly, give yourself permission to say no to anything that doesn’t bring you closer to your goals. Like I said before, 2016 sounded like it was unpleasant for a lot of the people on my timelines. If that was true for you, you have to do less of what you found unpleasant. It sounds easier than it is, I know. Your job or family member may have contributed to a hard year and these are circumstances that are nearly unavoidable. After you’ve gotten through a hard time, you have the power to revisit that hard time or learn from it and avoid it. Set a goal and put a plan in place so that you can work toward ensuring you’re prepared to handle tough situations or avoid them altogether.
I hope this was helpful in some capacity. There are so many circumstances that we all face, so a short blog post won’t give every person insight or guidance when navigating their own life. However, I’m sure I’ll touch more on this in the future, especially as I work toward the completion of my Life Coaching Certification. In the meantime, share your thoughts with me and engage me (or someone else!) in a conversation about your motivations and 2016 takeaways.
Stay encouraged and be kind to yourselves!
Peace, Love & Growth,