There’s never a bad time to think about how you can improve as a person, but it’s hard to deny that the beginning of a new year is an ideal time to look within and see if you’re really the best version of yourself. Below, we take a look at ten areas that should be up for evaluation. Believe it or not, being a better human being usually isn’t that difficult: it just takes a little bit of effort. Ready? Here we go.
Find Out What You Lack
When a person’s life isn’t going exactly as they want, they usually make the mistake of thinking that everything they’re doing needs to be changed; in reality, it’s usually just one thing, or sometimes two. Take a look at your life and see which areas you need to improve. It might be that you have a great job, but that your spiritual side isn’t being nurtured. Or you might have an active social life, but you’re not making much progress in your professional life. Once you’ve discovered which aspect is letting the side down, you’ll know where you should be putting more of your attention.
Make a Plan
Nothing happens by itself, and nothing happens overnight, either. If you plan to make a change in your life, then the desire will only get you so far: the rest will depend on the actions you take, and how much patience you’re willing to show while the changes are sinking in. Luckily, we’re only in January, so you have plenty of time to make your annual goals come true. Start today, and by the time Spring comes you should notice a difference.
Change Your Surroundings
Sometimes, we’re simply not set up to improve our circumstances. For instance, if you’re unhappy with where you’re living – or you think that it brings out the worst in you – then you might constantly be taking one step forward, two steps back. It’s important to remember that you can always make a change, no matter how comfortable you may be in your current situation. If you think a change of scene is necessary, take a look at houses for rent and put yourself in an environment that will be conducive to self-improvement. You’ll be amazed at what a change of surroundings can do.
Your Professional Life
In the hiring world, it’s simply a truism that there’s a lot of job switching in January. Perhaps it’s because people are beginning to look at themselves under a microscope, but there’s simply a lot of movement. And if everyone else is doing it, it’s worth looking at your circumstances. Now, don’t fall for the mistake of leaving your job on a whim of self-improvement; it might not be the best course of action. Instead, think more generally about your professional aspirations, and ask if your current company will be a platform for you to reach those goals.
The Simple Things
We, as a society, tend to overcomplicate life. In reality, humans only need a few things in order to be well-taken care of: water, food, shelter, and companionship. The question is: to what extent are you giving yourself these things? You can make a plan to drink more water, eat healthier, home cooked food, make sure your house is in order, and enjoy the time you spend with your friends and family. If you were to spend the rest of the month doing these things, then you’ll soon find that you’re feeling and looking better. Of course, you can throw in luxuries on top, but the key point is to make sure the basics are taken care of first.
Dropping the FOMO
We tend to think that it’s society that is making things run at 100 mph, but that’s not the case: often, we’re the architects of our downfall. We move fast, never pausing for breath, all because we have a fear of missing out. So this year, why not make a more conscious effort to enjoy the things that you like to do, rather than saying yes to every little invitation, just because you’re worried you might miss out on some good times? You have all the capabilities for good times within your own power!
If you’re anything like us, you’ll have spent much of the last year – maybe the last few years – lost in a whirlwind of flashing lights and beeping signs, all thanks to your smartphone, tablet, and everything else. Researchers have discovered that so much screen time – and artificial light in general – isn’t conducive to our well being. It’s a good thing we know this because it means we can do something about it. For one day a week – Saturday or Sunday – make a vow to leave technology behind for the day. You’ll survive just fine without checking your smartphone every few minutes. And with the time you’ve gained, you’ll have the space to think about all the things you want to achieve this year.
A Little Older, a Little Wiser
It’s a mistake to make overly grand promises to yourself in January. For example, saying you’re going to read fifty books this year would be ridiculous. You won’t do it. However, if you say you’re going to read for twenty minutes each day, you’ll probably succeed. And that’s good, because reading is the fountain of knowledge! Whichever area of your life you want to improve, there’ll be dozens of books written by some of the world’s best thinkers available on that subject. Planning on starting your own company this year? Don’t do it without a library of advice lining your walls!
Change Your Ways
Finally, let’s think about those self-destructive behaviours. If you’ve been staying up far too late or drinking too much alcohol, or otherwise neglected certain aspects of your well-being, it’s time to change your ways. It won’t necessarily be easy, but it will be worthwhile. Do more of the things that will lead you to become the type of person you want to be; you won’t regret it!