No one is perfect, and anyone who claims to be is far less perfect than the rest of us. A new year brings the chance to reinvent who we are and re-emerge into the world as a brand new person. You may want to change your job, take up a hobby, get fit, or simply become a better person. If we are centred and emotionally balance, it’s easier for us to achieve our goals; which is why spring is a great time to change what you don’t like about yourself, and celebrate the things that you do.
Before you head off on your quest of self-improvement, it’s important to spend some time reflecting on the past year. What did you do well? What did you do that wasn’t so good? Identify the bad points, and then make amends. You may have said something that was hurtful to someone, or behaved selfishly; although the thought may fill you with dread, physically apologising for these things to the affected person/s will make you more determined not to repeat the behaviour, plus it will earn you a lot of respect.
Change your job
The job market is always busy in the New Year, due to all the people just like you who have made a decision to improve their lives. While not everyone can be totally in love with their job, it’s important not to do something that you absolutely hate either. However, have a careful think about why you want to change jobs before you take the plunge – do you want more money, more free time, more responsibility or a complete change of lifestyle? Be sure that you’re not making a rushed decision – remember that the grass often looks greener on the other side, and by communicating with your boss, you can often change your current job for the better.
Spring clean your life
Is your home full of clutter? Do you never seem to have enough time? Is your schedule so hectic that you always forget appointments? A cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind, so the New Year should be a time to get rid of anything unnecessary. The less stuff you have, the more streamlined your life will be – get a diary and use it, sell any unwanted items and boost your finances, and give that house a good old spit-shine. Then, make a routine to keep it that way; you’ll feel the benefits.
As a nation, we spend too much time working. If you tend to be a bit of a stress head, then make one of your resolutions ‘I will take more time for myself’. Whether you decide to take up another hobby, or just have some quiet time, it is essential that you don’t try and pack every hour with work. Being less tired is better for your mental health, not to mention the fact that people who are better rested live longer.
Make a list
Don’t just think about the ideas, write them down. Make them concrete, and put them where you can see them. Aim to tackle problems as they arise, and live your life according to the morals and behaviour traits that you aspire to – it’s up to you to become the person you want to be.
Contributed by Hanna Wright