We all hope for a life free of struggles and challenges. And, even though we know our “ideal” life won’t actualize overnight, we stay strong and determined to make sure our life gets better as each new day unfolds. Sadly, we followed this path in 2016 but didn’t get the life we wished for.
Now, we’ve stepped into a new year. And to kick-start the year, we’ve thought of a few New Year’s resolutions and goals we would love to achieve. But, are resolutions just all we need to secure a better life this year? No, they aren’t.
Your life can be far better than how it was in 2016. However, you need a few tips to keep you on the right track.
Are you ready to live a better life this year? If yes, here are five essential tips to make this a reality:
1. Strengthen Your Relationships
Our life will be far from “complete” without those we care about around us. And there are no two ways about it, to live a better life in 2017, you’ll need the help of those you love–your friends and family. So, to start the year, make sure you strengthen your relationships.
Were you offended by some close friends last year? Then now is the best time to put your anger away and follow the path of love. Get close to your friends, spouse, children, parents, siblings, and other people you’re certain will make your life fun. Nothing greatly brings about an emotional peace other than seeing those you care about around you at all time.
“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” — Benjamin Franklin
2. Write It
You only know you are making a few improvements when you look into your diary and find a habit (or something else) you once lived with, but have dropped. Don’t keep it all in your brain. Get a notebook and write it.
Write out your mistakes, little achievements, and things you seem to struggle with. With this information on a book, it’d be much easier to track your progress, discover your mistakes and count your achievements.
Didn’t take journal writing seriously in 2016? Well, you must not fail to make it a priority this year. Your life can be way better than it was in previous years but, it won’t take a different shape if you fail to add importance to a few relevant practices–like journaling.
3. Be Thankful (Show Gratitude)
First, you need to be thankful for who you are and the life you’re living. You know why? Because you are far better than over a million people out there. Although you may not have secured the million-dollar deal you’ve long pursued, yet you still have enough money to pay the bills. That’s enough reason to be thankful!
Second, you have to show gratitude to those who deserves it. Got a favor from someone you least expected? Then show gratitude! Although you may not have received something “huge,” yet the fact here is you received something. So, be thankful.
4. Take a Goal at a Time
Most times, we make life difficult for ourselves. It’s impossible to break a habit, learn five new languages, travel around the world, and learn a few new dance steps in a week! Want to achieve your goals for the year? Then try to:
- List out your goals
- Craft an actionable plan (a plan you intend to follow to achieve each goal)
- Pick the most relevant goal on your list
- Challenge yourself to achieve that goal before a specific time
When you set realistic goals and focus on one at a time, it becomes possible to achieve them all.
“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” — Jack Penn
5. Make Reading a Habit
Hate reading books, magazines, and blog posts? Well, you aren’t aware of how much information you could be missing. Information is vital. And when you read, you discover a lot of new things and get exposed to several lesser-known facts about life.
Reading has made me make several right choices in the past. I vividly remember going through a useful resource for writers. Although I’ve been writing for a while, I never knew all laptops weren’t just “okay” for writers. But after going through the in-depth piece, I learned something new (and useful). And, because the information was timely, it helped me make a perfect choice.
Reading can help you make the right choices too. It can also help improve your life and make you a better person. So, to live your “dream” life this year, you’ve got to fall in love with reading.