I’m excited this New Years. I can just tell that 2016 is going to be a year of greatness. I know we do this every year, make resolutions that we may or may not actually follow through with, but any chance to try and have a fresh start is one worth taking. Resolutions are not about us running from our old selves or pretending to be someone we’re not. They’re an opportunity to dare to try again, to want something more for our lives, and to be the person we’ve been striving to become. We need to stop convincing ourselves that we’re not worth a second chance at greatness. If you’re honest with yourself you know you’re still hoping for more than what you had in 2015. And so am I.
But if we’re going make the most of 2016 then there are a few new habits we have to develop:
- Dream out loud… and in ink.
I have this bad habit of shutting my dreams down before I even have a chance to fully form them in my head. It’s like I’m too scared to even believe that I could be capable of accomplishing them. But there’s power in voicing them out loud. Dare to speak them into the atmosphere and believe in your self. Share your dreams with someone who will push you to be your best. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or lose your way they will be the ones who will remind you why you started in the first place. Also, write your dreams down and stick them somewhere where you can see them. Do one thing every day to work towards accomplishing it and don’t stop until you’ve reached your goal. Small steps make a big difference.
2. Stay in your lane.
That guy’s Instagram following, that girl that’s always on some beautiful vacation, your coworker’s new promotion… While admiring others is more than fine, envy doesn’t look good on anyone. No matter how effortlessly perfect someone else’s life looks you have to remember that everyone you meet is fighting a battle that you know nothing about. You are on your own journey… In your career, financial state, relationship status, and emotional maturity. You’ll get to where you want to be eventually, but patience is a necessary virtue. You’re running your own race. Stay in your lane.
3. Be present.
Our generation is always so distracted. Between all of our social media accounts, Snapchat, Netflix, texting and everything in between we’ve forgotten how to live in the moment. Now I’m not saying we should give up the ‘Gram or anything, but I am saying that we need to find a healthy balance. Put down the phone, close the laptop, turn off the television and discover what life is happening beyond those screens.
4. Go with grace.
Have you ever met someone who just seems to radiate happiness and pure joy? Beautiful attitudes make beautiful people. You could be the richest, most famous, most stunningly gorgeous person in the world, but if your attitude sucks then no one will want to be in your company. Stay humble and be grateful. No matter how much or how little we have there’s always something to be grateful for. This is something that I definitely need to work on because complaining is such an easy thing for me to do. In 2016 let’s remember that a good attitude can change your entire experience.
5. Just be you.
No one else can kill the game exactly like you can. You’re amazing and you have a unique perspective to bring to the world that no one else has. Laugh as loud as you want. Dance like you don’t care who’s around. Face the future without fear of the unknown. Live consciously. Love extravagantly. Breathe deeply. And in everything you do, just be you.
I’m taking all the lessons learned from 2015 and carrying them with me as I move forward. I made mistakes in 2015 and I’m sure I’ll have my fair share of fumbles over the next twelve months, but I’m ready to face it all. I’m expecting miracles this year and I really believe that 2016 is going to be ridiculously amazing. I can just feel it. Can you?
Happy New Year!!