With 2018 now an embodiment of the past, I do believe it is important to reflect on the past year to take the time to realize what we have all endured to assist in creating a positive outlook for 2019. A reflection of the past year can be an in-depth analysis or setting aside some time to ask yourself a few questions. Questions such as: How do I feel about the year 2018 in a macro perspective? (As we know, everyone endures ups and downs during any calendar year.) Did I achieve the goals I set out and did I surpass them? Did I improve my health and wellness through the development of imperative habits? Was I empathetic towards others and their situations/experiences? Did I make an effort to be there for those I love? Did I check up on those going through a difficult time and offer support? Lastly, perhaps the most important question we should ask ourselves is, “Was I the best version of myself?”
All these questions are so important for us to think deeply about if we want to stay true to ourselves. It has only been a few weeks into 2019 but I do believe it is important to set out a few goals/resolutions for self-improvement in all aspects of our lives and to achieve things we have always wanted. However, when we make these goals and embark on a new adventure in the next 12 months, it is important to set goals and resolutions not only for the year 2019, but for life. We often attack every year with a plan to achieve our resolutions in the first couple of weeks or months because of all the ‘New Year New Me’ excitement. However, my hope for all of us is to achieve these resolutions to the point where these are instilled naturally into our day-to-day lives. It is only then that we will know if we have conquered our resolutions and goals.
I believe that 2019 is going to be a big year for everyone. Though I am sure most of you have already created goals/resolutions for this upcoming year, I do have a few suggestions that you may be able to include in your list and might help you prosper over the course of your life.
1. Try something new. Whether it be a new hobby or changing one’s daily routine, by making an effort to experience things differently, you may change your view on life for the better.
2. Take care of yourself. In today’s fast-moving society there is little time to recuperate and care for ourselves. Taking care of oneself can be illustrated in many ways such as reading a book, spending time with friends, exercise, and sleep.
3. Help others. You can do this by volunteering for an organization.Alternatively, you could also donate a few non-perishable food items to the food bank.
4. TRY. We often do not expose ourselves to situations where we feel that we will not excel in because we are scared to make a mistake or fail. However, by embodying a growth mind set, this will allow us to pursue endeavours by putting our absolute heart into it, knowing that even if it does not work out, we will be pleased that we tried instead of not trying at all.