Picture who you want to be. Now, take a look at yourself.
What’s the difference? Is it health? Is it money? What’s stopping you from being that new and improved version of yourself?
Chances are, your dreams are very realistic. You deserve to be the best version of yourself, but it’s up to you to make it happen. But, no more excuses. Start the New Year with a bang and don’t give up on yourself before the year has even had time to progress.
Here are 20 ways to live a better life this year!
1. Take Risks.
Hear me out. I’m not telling you to go nuts and jump off a cliff. Seriously, don’t put your life in danger, because I told you do that. (I don’t want to get sued.) But, definitely push yourself!
Think of it. All of the people that have achieved greatness have pushed the boundaries. So many people have made millions because they were willing to do what no one wanted to do. Take Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Take Elon Musk. Would they have gotten as far as they did if they didn’t have faith in themselves? It takes a lot to pursue the unknown.
Going against what is normal or expected is always a risk, but you’ve got to be willing to take it! Sure, you may not become the next Elon Musk, but you don’t need to explain the questions of the universe to take risks. That business you wanted to start? Go for it. That RV you wanted to travel in? Go for it.
Often times, the risks aren’t as big as you think. You just don’t know it, because you haven’t tried it yet.
Try this out. Try something that you haven’t done because you’re scared. Granted, don’t do anything extremely life-threatening.
2. Get Off Social Media.
If you’re the type of person that spends too much time scrolling and taking in too much random information, it may be time to cut the cord. (Or at least go on it less).
Social media has been found to lead to lower self-esteem and depression. And is it worth it? What are you going to miss out on? People have lived for thousands of years without it. You’ll live too.
Now, I’m not one that uses social media too often, but I usually get an icky feeling from being on Instagram when I’m on there too long. I’m not exactly sure why, but I’m happier and way more productive without it!
Try this out. Delete social media for a week and see what happens. Do you like how it made you feel?
3. Make Your Goals Realistic.
I’m sure you’ve heard the New Year’s Resolutions a thousand times. But, how many people actually go through with them?
Most people give up on them, either because they don’t care or because their goals are too abstract. So, do yourself a favor and make some goals that you can picture. Your goal shouldn’t be the final end result, it should be the steps that will get you there!
Want to lose weight? Plan your healthy diet for week. Don’t simply make your goal “I want to lose weight”. Want to get some muscle? Do 100 push-ups everyday.
Try this out. Make your goals realistic because you’ll be must more inclined to follow through with them!
4. Get Out More.
I can appreciate the nice warmth of a blanket, but there’s more to life than just your bed.
We’re naturally social creatures, so take advantage of that! Going out doesn’t mean going to parties and staying out until 2 A.M. (Although, it can if you want to). It can mean something as simple as going to a football game or going swimming. Do whatever you would be doing if you had more time.
Here are some simple things that you can do:
- Want to work? Take your laptop to a local coffee shop.
- Stressed out? Go to the park.
- Missing your friends? Have an adult sleepover. (You don’t even have to leave your house for this one).
There’s so many physical and mental benefits to trying things out, but you won’t know until you try them!
Try this out. The next time someone asks you to hang out, go!
5. Enjoy the Little Things.
It’s so easy to become preoccupied with chasing the next big thing. That new car or that new house or that new job. We live in a society that has raised us to be this way. But, we should stop worrying about getting the next big thing, even if just for a moment.
- the beauty in a smile
- the way the wind rustles the trees
- the satisfaction of all-of-a-sudden finding a solution to a problem
- the pure innocence of a children
- the taste of your favorite
There’s so much to enjoy. Our worlds are full of wonderful experiences.
Try this out. Go outside right now and take in your surroundings. What do you see? What do you love?
6. Approach Things With An Open Mind.
With how polarized the world has become, it’s important to be open to new ideas. Think of how different life would be if we didn’t shame people for their believes. I’m not saying that you have to agree, I’m just saying that a little respect wouldn’t hurt.
The next time you feel the need to judge someone or yell at someone in traffic, stop and think to yourself: why does this bother me? If you do it enough, it might help you better.
Try this out. The next time someone disagrees with you, hear them out.
7. Hope For the Best, Expect the Worse
Being too pessimistic will make you upset. Being too optimistic will hold you back from success. If you teeter too close to either side, you’re going to have problems. Which one is better? A fine mix of both.
Try this out. If you’re being really negative about something, try to look at the bright side. If you’re being really optimistic, try to look at what could go wrong. Of course, don’t let this get your mood down!
8. Don’t Take Things Too Seriously.
There’s people in your life that will mess with you just to get you mad. Your brother. Your friends. People you don’t even know. Don’t let this get to you! Instead, try and laugh because the only one that you’re hurting in these moments is yourself!
Laugh. Crack a smile here and there. It won’t hurt. And you’ll feel a whole lot better.
Try this out. Pay attention when things bother you and then ask yourself why it gets to you. Try to understand why you reacted a certain way.
9. Don’t Be Afraid of What People Think.
Most people don’t care what you think, it’s just seems like they do. Don’t be scared of pursuing what you love because you think that other people will judge you.
Try this out. Do something that you’ve always wanted to do, but have refrained from doing because of other people. Wear a weird outfit. Do a weird dance. Whatever you want.
10. Be More Confident in Your Decisions.
A lot of problems arise from not being able to make your own decisions. You may rely too heavily on others and come across as indecisive. This may also be a sign that you care too much about what other people will think of you.
Try this out. Don’t let anyone make decisions for you for a week. Even if it’s something as silly as what you should wear, don’t ask anyone to pick for you. Asking for advice is okay, but you should make own decisions. Try it out and see if you notice any differences!
11. Be Thankful for What You Have.
It’s easy to forget how lucky we are. We’re just so used to our lives that we take everything that we have for granted. Financial stability. Good health. A family.
Try this out. For the next week, tell ten different people that you appreciate them. Work it into a conversation or tell them abruptly. It doesn’t matter. Or just think of all the things that you’re lucky to have.
12. Accept that You’re Not Perfect.
No one is perfect and thinking that you are will only bring you trouble. We all make mistakes and you’re no exception.
Try this out. Discover what your faults are. Then, find a way to improve on them.
13. Learn from your mistakes.
Some people that admitting our mistakes is a weakness, but it’s actually a strength. Admitting when you’re wrong will make you more personable and people will have more respect for you. This will also help you in your life in general as it will help you learn from your mistakes.
Try this out. The next time you mess something up, ask yourself why you did that and how you can improve.
14. Don’t obsess over your failures.
Focusing on the past isn’t going to help anyone. Obsessing over the mistakes that you’ve made isn’t going to make them go away like they never happened. So you might as well stop now.
Try this out. Try not to think about the times that you’ve messed up. If it’s in the past, leave it in the past!
15. Make a Budget and Stick to It.
Now, I know that sometimes it just feels great to buy things. We get a rush of dopamine and our body tells us to keep doing it. But maybe is not the best thing to spend. And spend. And spend. Keeping a budget will give you a peace of mind that no amount of spending will.
Try this out. Plan out your expenses for the week. Or even for the month. Hell, do it for the year if you have to. The Mint app is a great way to manage your budget!
16. Don’t keep doing things that make you unhappy.
It may seem redundant to say it, but don’t keep doing things that make you unhappy. This one is plain and simple so I won’t really explain it. If something is making you unhappy, then why are you doing it? If you don’t like the way that something looks on you, then why are you wearing it? If you don’t like how someone makes you feel, then why do you keep talking to that person? You deserve what makes you happy.
Try this out. Stop doing the things that make you unhappy for a week. How did it make you feel? If possible, stop doing them for good
17. Organize your life.
I know that there’s a lot of people out there that enjoy a good mess, but I’m not one of those. Organizing your life can have a lot of mental, physical, and social benefits. The good thing is there’s a lot of things that can help you with this.
Tip. Check out my guide How to Find Your Passion and Do What You Love
18. Get rid of what you don’t need.
A lot of us especially Americans abide by this culture that says that we must have a lot. That we must consume. That we must always have the next back the best thing. I don’t believe this. Having a lot of things that I don’t use doesn’t make sense. It just clutters my house. My room. Makes me feel overwhelmed. I have to worry about cleaning my items. I have to worry about organizing stuff that I don’t use. I have to worry about where it’s all located. It just makes me feel bad when I have so many things that I don’t use. Things I don’t even touch. Things that someone else could be enjoying.
Tip. So, why don’t you rid of everything that you don’t use? I don’t mean trashing it all. (I love the environment). What I mean is that all the things that you don’t use could go to someone else. Give away the things that you have the luxury of taking for granted.
19. Don’t avoid the hard decisions.
Avoiding the hard decisions now isn’t going to do you any favors in the future. You’re gonna have to deal with hard decisions sooner or later so you might as well learn it now. Rip it off like a Band-Aid and get it over with. Just know that life is going to throw more bumps and bruises at you.
Tip. Next time you want to run from your problems, don’t. Confront them head on.
20. Pay off debt.
You should pay off debt, but more importantly you should stop spending money that you don’t have. I get it. It’s cool to get that shiny new thing that everyone has, but it’s more important to focus on getting the necessities down. If you’re not in the best financial situation, don’t go buying things that aren’t that important. It’s only going to hurt you in the long run.
Tip. If you find that you’re have a hard time paying off debt or if you just have a ton of debt that you wanna pay off, set aside a monthly account allowance. With the money that you receive from your job or whatever source of income you have, set aside a portion each month for debt. And for nothing else. You can even pretend that the money is going towards taxes. Like you never had the option to spend it anyway. It helps a bit.
Here are some 25 other amazing things to live by. The ones above were my favorites, but I know that you guys will find use in the ones below as well.
- Save more money.
- Invest in experiences.
- Don’t let your past hold you back.
- Pursue your passions.
- Do things that motivate you.
- Know that success isn’t a bad thing.
- Be more creative.
- Pursue a better diet.
- Don’t buy things to keep up with trends.
- Be willing to learn.
- Learn how to manage your time.
- Be open to feedback.
- Drink enough water.
- Invest in quality items.
- Don’t let money control you.
- Get enough sleep.
- Take care of your physical health.
- Be willing to accept constructive criticism.
- Look at the bright side.
- Have a backup plan.
- Learn from other people.
- Do things that you’ve always wanted to do.
- Surround yourself with people you love.
- Find places that make you happy.
- Work smarter, not harder.
Hopefully, you can take these ideas with you into the New Year!
I hope that you guys can take these wonderful ideas into the New Year. You deserve to live a better life! As always, thanks for reading. If you found this post useful, please share it!