Self-improvement is something that many people are after, and the new year is a great time to start making plans for achieving it. Whether you want to boost your career, take your relationship to the next level, or simply empower yourself and improve your quality of life, there are many things you can do to make this year a success.
The key is to think about realistic goals and how to attain them. All too often people overextend themselves with goals only to find they’ve set the bar too high, possibly contributing to a lack of motivation. When trying to get to a healthy weight, for example, you don’t want to give yourself two weeks to lose several pounds. Anything worth doing takes time, and it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for the commitment.
Creating a plan requires plotting out your ultimate goals, setting a timeline, and figuring out the best ways to stay motivated. It may also benefit you to ask for support from friends and family in order to get through the process, especially if you’re looking to make big life changes.
Make yourself stand out
When it comes to boosting your career, it’s essential to know how to make yourself stand out from the competition. Having a top-notch resume is a great way to highlight your performance and skills, even if you’re staying with the same company but want to try for a higher position. Do a little research on resume formats to find out which type of resume might work best for the job you want, and customize the cover letter in order to maximize your ability to grab the hiring manager’s attention. With a professional resume that showcases your skills, you’ll have a much better chance of securing a better gig.
Set some attainable goals
Setting goals can be tricky; achieving anything takes time, and when you’re trying for something you’ve never done before, there’s no precedent, meaning you have no idea what to expect. This can lead to some people striving for unrealistic goals and then feeling like a failure when they aren’t met, so it’s important to start small. Write down what you hope to achieve in the new year, as seeing it in writing often helps to stay motivated. If you’re looking to achieve something that will take a while, break up your goals into small and manageable portions. For instance, if you want to completely declutter and deep-clean your home, do it room-by-room rather than looking at it as a whole.
You can hardly expect to make positive change in your life if you’re not in good shape, so make sure one of your goals is health-related. Whether you want to start eating better, getting more sleep, or exercising every day, there are several ways you can focus on your physical and mental health this year. Remember that they’re connected, so when you take time to improve one, the other will automatically benefit.
Spend some time on you
It’s important to learn how to spend some time focusing on your needs, especially if you work long hours or have stressors at home. Taking breaks once in a while will allow you to clear your head and work on your mood while reducing stress and anxiety, helping you to stay on top of the things you need to accomplish. Go for a hike, turn off your phone and read a good book, or go shopping for a new wardrobe.
Turning 2019 into a successful year begins with a good plan, so sit down and write out all the things you want to accomplish. Look for support from friends and family, and stay motivated by keeping your goals organized. With a little preparation, you can make this the best year yet.
Guest author: Stephanie Haywood from Mylifeboost.com
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