“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” -J. B. Priestly
With the first week of the New Year in the books, a familiar sense of excitement and urgency has crept over me. I have a refreshed sense of motivation and inspiration. Since I can remember, I’ve always looked forward to the beginning of the New Year because it symbolizes a fresh start. As the Christmas season wraps up, I normally spend the last few weeks of the year reflecting on all that has transpired. What did I learn? What would I do differently? What did I neglect to do? Pondering these questions, I usually spend days thinking about ways I can grow as a person, new things I want to try, and personal goals I want to achieve.
I don’t know about you, but I think life can be pretty boring if you find yourself doing the same things time and time again. Could you imagine what your life would be like if you followed the same exact routine, every single day, year after year? No change, no surprises, no challenges, no growth. Personally, I think there is trouble in being too complacent; in fact, I think you do a huge injustice to yourself and your journey in life by being so. You set yourself up for a life of regret, always wondering “What if?” What if you had moved to that new city? What if you had started that business? What if you had written that book? What if I took that dance class?
Life isn’t always easy, it can be a lot of fun but it can also pass you by if you allow it. It all depends on what you make it. But please don’t worry; it is never too late to kick-start a new chapter or journey in your life. Just remember, you have the right to reinvent yourself as many times as you see fit, you have a right to start over, and you have a right to try to be the best version of yourself. As you embark on a new year, ask yourself what do you want to achieve in 2017, who do you want to become? The sky is the limit; don’t be afraid to go for it!
I find the best way to focus is to eliminate unnecessary distractions. For me, that is usually social media. With so much going on, it is extremely easy to get caught up and distracted in what everyone else is doing. By doing so, you risk being so caught up in comparing your life to others and what they are doing that you start to second-guess and question your own path. As many of you know, I am an advocate for unplugging and taking a social media vacation. I find that when I do, I am able to get much more done, focus my thoughts, and simply enjoy life. What are your biggest distractions?
- Turn Ideas into Action
For a long time, I would come up with ideas of certain things I wanted to try or accomplish. But fear of not really knowing what I am doing, or messing up stopped me. Then not long after, I would see someone doing the very thing that I thought of and they were actually succeeding. There was so huge secret or special formula they were in on that I wasn’t. They simply turned their ideas into actions. Naturally, I am a very analytical person and I like to have a plan for everything! I am very hard on myself and tend to be a perfectionist, because of that I would psych myself out… ALOT. I realized that I was my own biggest obstacle. This year I am committed the motto: What’s the harm in trying? I refuse to let the possibility of failure scare me. What is stopping you from capitalizing on your ideas and just doing it?
- Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Don’t be afraid to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. When you are uncomfortable you are opening yourself up to something you would’ve normally never done. And that is ok. Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone allows you to discover things that you actually like doing, things that actually reinforce your purpose. But guess what, you would’ve never figured that out if you hadn’t have stepped out of your comfort zone. What is something that you have never tried before?
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