As the year winds to a close we may feel some mixed emotions as we begin to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished, or didn’t, throughout its course. Whether it was your personal growth, your career path, or your relationships as a whole, a lot can change over the span of a whole 365 days. For some of us it may have been a turbulent trek seemingly without end, for others you may have skated through the entire year seemingly without incident.
No matter how your year has played out it’s always a good idea to reflect on everything that has happened so you can have a better outlook going forward. Reflection helps offer us perspective and understanding we may not have had otherwise, it also helps to give us a clearer picture of what had actually occurred. Fortunately the team here at Luurve are here with some helpful hints so you can make this new year your greatest yet.
Be Your Best
Above all else, taking care of yourself and your own growth should be your highest priority regardless of anything else. Now of course this isn’t saying you should become selfish and isolating, in fact that couldn’t be farther from the point we’re making. How are you supposed to grow with another person when you can’t even grow on your own?
Aim for the basic resolutions, but don’t do them out of some strange sense of obligation. Set goals and accomplish them solely because you truly want to do and achieve what’s best for you, doing them for any other reason will most likely lead to your failure. Hone your discipline, manage your diet, exercise more, take up an interest or hobby you’ve been putting off. Just whatever you do, do it for you.
Be More Social
Even for the more extroverted among us this is generally always a great rule of thumb to follow. Whether you’re trying to connect with new friends or reconnect with old ones, a strong social network made of strong friendships and other bonds is a great resource to have on your journey of self-improvement.
You want to maintain a network of people who are moving forward and progressing through life, and unfortunately sometimes that includes going over your current social circle and assessing what relationships are most important to you. Don’t just hang out with anyone for any reason, you want to try to keep a group of like-minded individuals that share similar goals and values that you do.
Be More Outgoing
This piece of advice expands on the prior piece a bit more as well as covers some new ground. While being more social can generally be perceived as being more outgoing, there are some key differences between them. For the purposes of this piece when we mention being more outgoing, we mean stepping outside the boundaries defined by old habits.
Not very physically active? Take up a class that piques your interest. Not too social or extroverted? Commit to going out once a week, either with friends or even on your own. Career stagnant and unhappy with your job? Start exploring new opportunities and career paths that you may not have considered before. It may seem uncomfortable at first, but it’s supposed to, we’re simple creatures of habit and breaking that routine offends our chimp brains.
The key to remember is you’re never going to thrive in your comfort zone.You need to maintain resolve and stick with it despite the pressure to establish new habits to build from. While there is some solace in familiarity and routine, life is rarely going to go in the direction we want it to go in if we’re following the path of least resistance. It’s imperative for our journey to be constantly pushing our limits and boundaries to truly discover who we are and what we’re actually looking for.
While working on yourself to work better with others may seem a little counterintuitive at first to some, this couldn’t be farther from the truth in practice. A little self-reflection and introspection may reveal shortcomings and areas for improvement we may have never noticed or considered before.
There’s never going to be a perfect point or moment in your journey of self-improvement where you’re going to feel completely ready to conquer the universe, and that’s okay. The key is to develop better habits and improve your lifestyle over the long-term to help shape into the best version of yourself. You’re so much better than you know, it’s up to you to discover that within yourself. Do you have any tips of your own for self-care and self-improvement? How do you work on being the best version of yourself you can be? Feel free to let us know down in the comments below!
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