As 2017 comes to a close, there are many new doors, opportunities and challenges ahead in the New Year, 2018. Many of us will be renewing our commitments to forge ahead with our daily life as usual, but still others will be shedding unneeded baggage in the form of memories or events and grudges, by beginning a fresh, new, more positive outlook filled with goals and challenges.
Some suggestions from professional experts to assist you along your new beginning toward a goal is to be open to different ideas, accept challenges with the idea of learning something new, and always surround yourself with supporters. Faith, Prayer and meditation prove helpful for some, while others enjoy hobbies, music or exercise.
Experts remind us that overthinking or over-analyzing anything can reduce your success because it changes your brain chemicals and slows your thinking down. In order to achieve any new goal or challenge, it’s important to visually see yourself succeeding and working on it every single day. Celebrate success daily, weekly and monthly with a posted checklist/timeline. This releases good hormones in your body. Asking God to bless our decisions is always good.
However, it’s important to remember that setbacks are not failures but short term hiccups. Be realistic in your expectations and make them achievable. An example might be losing two pounds a week, for a total goal of forty pounds over several months. Having two or three goals are fine, but having too many can overwhelm you so prioritize them accordingly. Remember, God promises to always be with us, and practice optimism, forgiveness and reconciliation with your past mistakes.
Some helpful resources are books like “Change Power” by Meg Selig, 37 Secrets to Habit Change Success. There are Internet articles on the website “Hack Spirit” for self-improvement or TED talks on the “Art of Mindfulness.” Local churches have support groups for grief and loss, divorce and family issues. Public community agencies have resources and Counselors available for mental health or aging parents issues. It’s important to have a professional help you identify your needs in this New Year.
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