2019 is coming…
Can you feel the change already? Or do you think it’s just going to be another year that will suck as any other. Yes I know it’s that time of the year when people are ready for a fresh start or are at least ineffectively but dedicatedly planning to do so.
Now I have drafted a certain vision of how I want to spend the next year and the coming years. But I don’t want to term it by saying that this is my
“#NewYearsResolution for 2019”
because Hello! Reality Check- it’s damn difficult to just break out of the old habits. The list is long, the expectations are high and then there are just too many unrealistic goals. I’m not going to be just wildly happy, trying to do everything at once. Because I know this newly hyped motivation isn’t going to last long.
Real change doesn’t happen overnight.
It takes time, effort and commitment. What I can do is improve my life in small ways. If you truly, deeply want results, follow
“If you’re interested, you come up with stories, excuses, reasons, and circumstances about why you can’t or why you won’t. If you’re committed, those go out the window. You just do whatever it takes.”
So here’s how I will make 2019 my best year ever.
1. Prioritize my time.
The problem- The most common and widely used excuse for not doing something is “I don’t have enough time.” You may not realize this but you do have enough free time even in that packed schedule. I know exactly where all of my free time goes… surfing social media/ binge watching Friends episodes/ sometimes I’m just literally staring into my phone non-stop.
The solution- The next time I’m wasting any second of my time I’m going to question myself- what am I doing and why? I’m going to prioritize my time effectively. I will create a to-do list and put my organizational skills to work.
2. Set realistic goals.
The problem- Don’t we all wish to achieve something in life? Travel goals/ financial stability/ career satisfaction/ personal achievements. I think we need to pause here and realize that there’s a difference between wishing for something and creating a goal. You see, wishing for an ideal body shape or wishing for being the richest person on Earth is all good but just thinking so won’t get you anywhere. So, how do I set realistic goals and achieve them?
The solution- I will keep that big picture in mind and break it into small achievable tasks which I can do every day or in manageable time-frames. My goals will be practical, clear and specific.
“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.”
3. Have a purpose driven life.
The problem- How often have you felt all empty inside? Felt like you didn’t achieve anything in life yet? At times, it gets so difficult that you don’t know how to deal with a situation or that thought that’s been drilling your brain for a quite a long time. Well, maybe it’s not something which you are doing that is not giving meaning to your life. You are just not happy with what you are doing.
The solution- Next time those deep thoughts trouble me, I’m going to ask myself – Why am I doing this? Is it just because I don’t have any other option? Does this really matter to me so much? I hope I can figure out answers to these questions and have a well-thought vision of what I want to do in my life ahead.
“Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.”
4. Take bold steps.
The problem- Do you sometimes hold yourself back to try something new in fear of being embarrassed or getting hurt or facing rejection? This feeling might come from the past where you had some upsetting experiences or due to some wrong beliefs. But it’s totally up to you to face any such fear and dissolve it completely from your life. Easier said than done but how to take bold steps in life?
The solution- If I want to do something in life, I’m not going to wait for the “perfect conditions”. I’ll let go all my doubts and focus on what I want to achieve. What’s the worst that could happen? It will be risky? Some things will change? People’s opinion about me will change. So what? I will handle it. I know I will. Look at the brighter side. I will be getting out of my comfort zone. I will be experiencing new things. One thing’s for sure, I’m not going to hide in my fortress and be in a caged mind. I’m going to enjoy my life, out there, living it.
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
5. Spend less time on social media.
The problem- Admit this: – You’re addicted to your Smartphone. You want to be seen and appreciated in the social world. But do you realize that you have given others the approval of YOU feeling happy?
The solution- I’m going to give myself a time-limit to check my accounts. Enough with the constant scrolling!! I have other important things to do. Like playing an extra hour with my son, meeting my friends and actually talking with them in person. I’m going to surround myself with only good, positive people to feel genuinely happy.
This is my plan for 2019. These are my personal development goals.
I am not going to shift to a new gear or make some life-changing decision all of a sudden. I am just going to improve my thought process which will eventually change my habits and actions. I’m going to be COMMITTED to my thoughts.
So what are your plans for 2019? Buying a new car? Sporting a new hairstyle? Being a minimalist? Finally going to hit the gym? Planning to follow some new habits? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Come back soon to read my next article or subscribe to get it delivered directly in your inbox. Bookmark this page to save time in searching again. Have a nice day ahead.