5 Ways To Start The New Year Off Right

Success Starts Here, Ways To Reconnect

Success Starts Here, Ways To Reconnect

 

Feeling stuck and can't seem to move forward? Want a new beginning for the New Year and don't know where to start? Here are 5 tips that might get you going...

1. Clearing Our Mindset

One way to start the new year is to clear our mindset. It’s a good time to shake off all the stuff we have been carrying around all year. Old ideas, that you don’t see coming to life, people we called “friends,” that never seem to be around, ever. Time to shake off all the old fears that we have been carrying around.
And the big one, the what ifs. What if I can’t live up to my boss’s expectations for the year-end report? What if my wife wants me to go on a diet and lose weight for the new year? What if I don’t make anymore money next year and I will never be able to get the house I want? Time to let go of those. They aren’t helping you. In fact, they are raising your stress level and not letting you sleep at night. Time to send them packing.

2. Start Something New

One way to get our mind going in a different direction is to start something new. How many times have you promised yourself that you would take that painting class? Or, go back to college? Or, dental school? Well now is the time. Take action, make a phone call. You are the only one holding you back. You need to do one thing different. That’s all it takes. Just a break in your routine. Do it…right now…don’t wait. Take the time to change your life right now, today. You will feel so different. A new you.

3. Find Your Center of Gravity

Do you feel like your life is out of balance? Feel like you are walking a tight wire? Feel like you might fall off? Now is a good time to get grounded. Find what you know you know. Find what makes you feel like you are going in the right direction. You build what-knots, maybe you are one of a few who know how to build this particular what-knot. Use that feeling and center of yourself. Think back to what got you out of balance. Was it a new position at work? Something happened to you that was out of your control? What was it that shook your confidence and made you feel less than you really are. I’m not talking about false bravado. I’m talking about real confidence in yourself. If you can’t feel it, or you have lost it along the way, think about joining a self-help group, or start with a coach or mentor. There is always strength in numbers. You shouldn’t have to be alone when you are struggling. Take control of your life. Make a change.

4. Weed Out What Doesn’t Work

Say that you plant a garden. You spend days deciding what you want in the garden. Then, you work hard to plant everything in very straight rows and make sure every seed is in its place. Then you water the garden, waiting to see what will come up first. After what seems like a long time you spot a little plant. You try to decide If it looks like the picture on the seed packet but you can’t tell. It gets a tiny bit bigger every day. You realize it is a weed and it will grow to be very big. Then you notice other plants coming up. You forget about the first plant because everything starts coming up at the same time.
You get busy at work and you hope the plants can live without you for a little while. Then you go on a little trip out-of-town and think when you come back it will be time to pick your plants. But, when you get back you have to play catch-up at work. You don’t get time to come back to the garden until everything has grown.
You walk into the garden and stare at what you see. The little weed has grown very big and it’s roots have spread and choked out most of the other plants. You will not get out a harvest anywhere close to the amount that you spent time on. You are thinking, “that wasn’t even worth the time I put into it. I will never get that back. So it is with people. Be careful who you give your time to. Don’t spend years working at a job that you know you will never like. Don’t spend years with a “friend”, that always takes up all your time and never has time for you.

5. Finally, Put Yourself In Someone Else’s Shoes

This is one of the hardest things to do. To think about someone else. It’s almost like we are programmed to think about what is going on in our little world. What am I going to wear today? What is going to happen when I get to work? I’m I going to have a good day? These are some of the questions that occupy our mind. Not about anyone else.
Especially this time of year, we should being thinking on a larger scale. Whether the poor kids in your neighborhood are going to have a Christmas, or a better year for that matter. Or even bigger, whether children in the world are going to have a better life. Try something new, give to your local charity, or a world charity if you don’t want it to be so personal.
These are some suggestions. Let your mind be open to some new possibilities. Expand your world. Start something new for next year and see where it leads. Go for it…

In Closing…

We at Well With Life live by the standard we recommend for others. We have partnered with Compassion International and have sponsored a child. This might not be for everyone, but it works for us. If something rang true in what you read, and you would like to partner with us and help a child please click here. It takes you to the Sponsor A Child page of their website. We receive nothing for this. We sponsor a child because it is the right thing to do for us. So join us if you think this is something you can do. Or use one of the suggestions above. Begin a brand new chapter.
“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” - Unknown
                                                                                                                
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