Now that 2018 has officially started, many people are thinking about ways to change their life for the better in the coming year. For some people, the desire for a new beginning is very strong.
New Beginning Ideas
Some want to wipe the slate clean. Others, at the very least, want to wipe part of the slate clean. Whatever the case, wanting to make changes for the better in your life is an important feeling to follow.
But how to go about it to assure success? While everyone truly is a “unique snowflake” when it comes to the kind of new beginning they want, here are some general ideas that can prove to be good areas to focus on.
Explore Your Feelings
Many people repress their true feelings. There are many reasons to do this. It could be fear or concern about what others will think of you. But truly letting yourself feel your emotions is an extremely powerful thing to do.
Repressing your feelings can lead to all kinds of bad habits, according to Psychology Today, from binge eating to even worse self-harming behavior. And numbing sad feelings can also lead to numbing feelings of joy and happiness.
Taking the time to process your feelings can lead to determining what you want with your new beginning. Even simply making a commitment to being honest about your feelings can be a new beginning itself.
Many people know in their heart what they enjoy doing. Some enjoy certain hobbies. Some think it’s heaven to take an hour or two to simply read a good novel. Others enjoy long walks through nature. Unfortunately, a busy life and putting everything before your own needs can keep people from doing the things that nurture their inner self.
Making a commitment to nurturing yourself with a positive hobby or activity is a great idea for a new beginning. Make the time each day, or least frequently, to do something you enjoy doing just for the sake of doing it. That can prove extremely empowering.
Whatever changes you want to make, write down the eventual goal. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small goal, such as “walking on the beach twice a week” or “getting to bed earlier.” Write it down and it will make it more real to you, as well as more attainable.
Routine and Accountability
Setting a new routine to achieve your new beginning is a key step that requires discipline. No matter what it is people do every day, they make decisions on how to spend their time. To make a substantial change, it’s important to set new routines and then hold yourself accountable to them. That can mean cutting away wasted time spent, for example, watching television. People make time for the things they really want to do.
Take Time to Reflect
All change takes time. It’s important to set aside time to reflect on your new beginning and goals to see how things are progressing. Make adjustments as needed if things aren’t going as you hoped. Give yourself some grace if you’ve gone off course and make changes to put yourself back on it.
A new beginning is an important time in life. People don’t want to make changes unless they feel unhappy with the ways things are. Take some time to be kind to yourself and make the changes you need for a more fulfilling life.