2016 was a doozy, that’s for damn sure. This year took so much from us, from celebrated artists like Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael and Carrie Fischer, to family and friends who we’ve fallen out over this year’s presidential elections. And who can forget the tragedies against humanity happening here in this country with the killings rising every day, as well in so many parts of the world like Allepo. It seems that 2016 has plunged us into total darkness and despair. This year was, in a word: heartbreaking.
However, it is in our nature as human beings to survive. So, however tragic this year might have been for all of us, we CAN pick up the pieces and push on with hope. And while we may not be able to affect significant positive change in the world in the next 365 days, we can however take simple steps to make sure our individual lives and outlooks are better than the year before.
Here are 3 simple steps that might help you on your way to a better year.
The first step is to admit your shortcomings. Ask yourself, what are the things you could have done better? Could you have done more to help your family, friends and community? Were you part of the solution, or were you part of the problem?
This is not the time to make excuses. Own your mistakes, try not to repeat them, but most importantly, forgive yourself of them.
After forgiving yourself of the mistakes (and sins) you’ve committed the past year, let it all go. Slough off the negative to make room for the positive. Clear your mind, as well as your heart and hope that this year will fill you with experiences and memories worth keeping.
De-clutter your surroundings as well. Besides, with all the presents you’ve received these holidays, you really don’t have much choice. De-cluttering your home will also help you breathe better and contribute to a more peaceful mindset going into the new year.
Psych yourself up for the coming year. Make plans (writing them down helps) and act on them early so you don’t lose momentum. Remember, believing has a lot to do with achieving your goals. Repeat after me: Believe you can and you will.
Have a prosperous New Year!
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