Regular readers of my blog will know that I have had a great 2015. My health is on the up, and I feel that I have finally turned the long corner from a few years ago. And, I am ready to take on even more during 2016 and lay the foundations for professional and personal happiness long into the future. With this in mind, I’ve been looking at ways to get more out of life during next year. Here’s what I have found – I’ll be giving them all a shot, so why don’t you join me?
Set more goals
A new year, a new set of goals. We all have different things to work towards, and the end of an old year is the perfect time to plan them out. When you write down your personal challenges, they become real, and you can start working towards finding your solution. Maybe you want more money from your job, or perhaps you need to be taken more seriously as a writer or musician. Write it down, find out how to make it happen, and split up your toughest challenges into easy-to-achieve stages. Big goals need baby steps, and every one you take, you will be closer to your dreams.
Take more risks
All of us have psychological barriers that no-one can break down – other than ourselves. So, make a start by testing yourself during 2016. Take more risks, and step out of your comfort zone. Don’t fear failure, as getting things wrong is just a learning experience – nothing more, nothing less. If you live a life with self-imposed rules, why not break some? As long as you don’t cause harm, you will find it a positive experience that will help you improve your confidence, and start breaking down your walls.
Get out more
We are lucky to live in a fantastic country that is beautiful, safe, and easy to get around. Make the most of it. Visit somewhere local that you always meant to go to but have never had the time. Jump on a train and travel the length or breadth of the country, and experience another city’s culture. Visit an amusement park and challenge yourself on the scariest ride you can. Join a local community group and give a little back. Meet more people, and have more fun!
Don’t look at other people with envious eyes, and wish that you were them. Be yourself, and be thankful for who you are and stay true to your core beliefs. We all have a lot to be thankful for, no matter how desperate things appear. So, find those things in your life that make you happy and concentrate on developing those activities and relationships. Cast aside anyone that makes you feel negative, jealous, or unimportant. We’re all lucky to be here – so make the most of the ride.
Buy less stuff
Life is about experiences, and when you are on your deathbed, you won’t think about the dress you wore on your 30th birthday. You’ll remember the people you met and the things you achieved – not the ‘stuff’ that you bought. Also, possessions have a history, and if you want to move forward, it’s a lot easier to do when you don’t have connections to the past. Stop buying trash. Have a clear out in the new year, get rid of all those memories, and move forward, with power. And, most of all, have a fantastic 2016.