Source: Alyssa Cassidy
It’s resolution season, right?
A new year means a totally new beginning and another chance to get yourself on the right track. But let’s be real, new year’s resolutions can be overdone, anxiety inducing, and unrealistic among other things. It is beyond easy to make them and break them in two weeks. Despite everyone’s good intentions, Statistic Brain Research Institute shows that only a mere 8% of people actually achieve their goals!
So, instead of telling myself I’m going to cut out fatty carbs from my diet in 2016 (yeah, right) or to rid myself of debt (what about that sample sale though?), I want to focus on rituals that help me achieve what I want to achieve and actions that will keep me motivated in life. It’s all about the bringing yourself the good vibes!
Know what you want and set intentions.
What is it that you want this year to bring you? A new job? More travel? A meaningful relationship? Be specific with your intentions. Acknowledge them every single day and work towards each of them with confidence and purpose. Be sure that you are focusing on what you DO want and not what you DON’T want. Whatever you give energy and attention to will grow– remember that.
Be more positive.
Attitude is everything. It is so common for us millennials to complain about every little thing. “I have to plug my computer in after, like, 3 hours of use. There are way too many options here I’m having such trouble choosing.” Talk about first world problems! We often don’t realize how #blessed we are to have what we have. We gotta have more of a glass-half-full outlook rather than a glass-half-empty attitude. There’s a ton of things to be grateful for and there’s always room for growth and change. Without being too corny about it, it should be said that you get what you put out. Emit positive vibes and you’ll in turn bring more positivity to your own life. Look on the bright side! For real!
Choose how you react.
Something that takes a bit of mindfulness and consciousness: choosing the way you react to certain challenges, situations, people, etc. People so often react without thinking, and a lot of the time these can be negative reactions. It’s important to take a breath and think about how you’re going to let something affect you. You can’t control your emotions, but you can learn to understand them better. Have patience. Be calm. Is it really worth it to let someone’s rude comment ruin your day? I didn’t think so.
Be present and live in the now.
“What’s going on next week? What about next month?” “OMG I really wish I was still in college.” These are things I catch myself saying all the time. But no- being present in this current moment in time proves to be incredibly rewarding. I believe that time used to go much slower when we were kids because we were so present all the time. As adults, we tend to focus on what’s up next or perhaps things that have already happened; but you’d be surprised how good it feels to rid yourself of all of these thoughts you’ve lost your mind with and focus on the current experience that is happening right in front of you. Savoring the moment will make you happier, promise.
Love your environment.
I mean this in more ways than one. Creating an environment that you feel at peace with is crucial to bringing good vibes to your life. Your work desk, your bedroom- make sure the places that you spend the most time in are aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to you. Let these places be places that you truly want to be. Keep your area clean & organized and get rid of anything you don’t find use for anymore. Your environment also includes the people you surround yourself with. Now, you can’t always control this, but make efforts to hang out with people that are on your same page. Be with people that continuously inspire you to be better! It can make such a difference.
You are responsible for every positive and negative influence you bring into your own life. Where you place your focus can have an incredible impact on your life. As 2016 begins, start small with these practices and eventually you can build habits. You’ll notice the change. You’ll feel the good!