Resolutions needn’t start in the new year: there’s no time like the present to start approaching goals with pragmatic optimism. Even if you’re in a busy period of your life, there are still little steps you can take to reform and renovate aspects of your life and career. Even by making small steps, you will be amazed by how far you’ve come in the space of a year.
Try and create milestones
What is it you’d like to change? By writing down what it is you’d like to change exactly, you can start creating small milestones to help you approach your final goal. Even if you’d like to eat more fruit and veg, and cut down on microwave meals, you can start setting yourself easy personal markers, which might look something like this:
- Swap three microwave meals for three simple home-cooked meals.
- Start going for a weekly shop, instead of impulse-buying on the way home.
- Add three new vegetables to your weekly shopping cart.
While these might seem tiny, they’re completely achievable and easy to round up once you’ve completed just one of them. Try not to look too far into the future either: make these little milestones short-term goals, to ensure that you don’t feel as if your dreams are in the distant future. Reforming your lifestyle choices might take time, but by achieving goals as you go along, you won’t feel as if the process is arduous and difficult.
Try something that scares you
This doesn’t necessarily mean try abseiling or go bungee-jumping – this could just simply mean applying for a job you’re not sure you’ll get or going to sport class you’d usually be too scared to go to. By confronting social anxieties, or refusing to underestimate yourself, you will begin to give yourself a real can-do attitude. Importantly, while you’re challenging yourself, be sure to enjoy the moment of fulfillment when you finally do confront something that makes you anxious. Try not to pick apart how you could have done it better, or whether you could have been less awkward. Be kind to yourself for having reached out and seized the moment.
Address personal and health problems
Serious health problems and psychological issues can make achieving personal goals incredibly challenging. The kindest thing you can do for yourself is to address these and get the help and care that you need to ensure that you have the best possible start in achieving your goals. For example, if you’ve had a longstanding problem with addiction, then seeking help from somewhere such as Forwardrecovery.com will help you to find a program to suit your own particular needs.
Making the most of yourself this year should always involve being kind to yourself. By allowing yourself the opportunity to fix issues and enjoy victories along the way, you’ll feel as if you really got to enjoy the process. Improving your lifestyle shouldn’t be a burden or something you resent, it should be a rewarding path to recovery and enhancement.
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