There are a few specific times throughout the year that I sit down to assess my life, blog, and style. The first time is typically in the Spring, the second is in September, and the third always lands right around the New Year. I think these moments have been ingrained in me from a child since spring always represented spring cleaning, and September meant a new year at school was about to begin. The New Year has long been known as the time of year to refresh your approach to your life and health, and for me it’s always felt like a starting line to begin the race towards my goals.
This year is no exception. Starting off my 2016 right actually began with finding a new pair of glasses. These Love l777 Rose Gold Glasses are unlike any that I have ever worn before, and I really felt like I needed something a bit more unique and out of my comfort zone to really get 2016 going for me. Every so often I feel the need to give my style a bit of a change up as I find it also can give me a bit of a refreshed perspective as well. This year I want to begin to challenge myself in new ways here on the UU, and I can’t wait to let you all in on the other project I’ll be taking on in 2016.
While I may not be taking on the “New Year, New Me” challenge exactly, I am going into 2016 with a “New Year, Refreshed Me” perspective. I plan for 2016 to be my best year yet, and I am going to take every step to make sure of it. If you’re still not sold on why “The New Year, New You” then click through, because I am sharing 8 reasons why you should embrace the new (or refreshed) you for 2016!
8 Reasons Why You Should Embrace the New Year, New You Challenge
1. A Positive Attitude is Never Stupid
There’s nothing worse for your motivation, drive, and determination towards success than a bad attitude. It’s easy to get down about goals. Taking a moment to refresh your approach to your new year will help you look at your goals and focus in on them in a clearer and more positive light. I’ve always felt that if you believe you can do something then you can which is why taking a step back to reset your mindset is so important.
2. You’re Recognizing your Short-term and Long-term Goals
Establishing and recognizing your goals is so important. I am a goal oriented person and I have lots that I’d like to accomplish in the next year. Some are small goals, like hiking to Garibaldi Lake this summer, and others are larger, like tripling my The UU’s traffic. I believe taking a moment to write down my goals helps me look at them, acknowledge them, and work harder to achieve them.
3. You’re Refreshing Your Mindset on Your Goals
Maybe there’s a goal that’s weighed on your mind for sometime. Well now is the time to review it, and refresh your mindset on it. It’s the perfect time to ask yourself how you’ll achieve that goal this year! By opening up those goals for review again, you’ll get a renewed sense of motivation to get all your goals checked off your list in 2016!
4. You’re Giving Yourself a Date to Begin working toward’s your Goals
So often we hear our friends, family, even ourselves say “I would love to…” but we never actually set in motion actions that will get us to our end goal. Maybe your goal is that you’d like to go on a trip this year, grow your blog, or get a new job – whatever it is, sit down and brainstorm how you’ll make those dreams become realities – and give yourself a start date to begin working on them.
5. Re-fueling Your Ambition is Never a Bad Thing
By middle of December, I honestly was beginning to feel completely exhausted and overwhelmed. I felt like I hadn’t accomplished even half of what I hoped in 2015. But over the Christmas break, I sat down and reassessed my 2015 goals, and looked where I had gotten with them all. While I didn’t accomplish every last thing on my list, I came close and I went a lot further than I had realized. After taking a look at my 2015, and writing down my hopes for 2016 I couldn’t help but feel ready to get to work. So the short of it is, take a look at where you are and where you want to be, recognize your accomplishments, and allow that to drive you forward.
6. Your Positive Attitude will Inspire Others
Just like a negative attitude can be contagious, so can a positive one. If you begin to tell yourself a different story to create a more positive outlook eventually your natural and automatic view of things will be positive. By constantly reinforcing that positive energy into yourself and your views you’ll eventually have a positive impact on your friends, family, and co-workers, too
7. You’re Giving Yourself a Clean Slate to Work With
Rather than focusing on the past, your giving yourself a date to work forward from. Rather than getting bogged down in what you haven’t done, you’ll feel inspired about what you want to accomplish this year.
8. 2016 Could Very Well Be Your Best Year Yet – and You’re Going to Make it Happen
Starting your year in a positive light will help propel you into creating a year of success. By embracing the new year, new me (or “refreshed me”) challenge you’re showing a willingness to try something new to achieve your goals. You’re also recognizing that you’re an ambitious person who wants to strive for more. You’re already ahead of the game simply by being able to recognize your goals and allowing your ambition to run wild.