The New Year always brings with it a sense of change. Resolutions, goals, and restrictions are often set this time of year to “start the year off right.” However, many of these resolutions we set for ourselves are often doing more harm than good. Instead of focusing on a list of resolutions this year, choose to live intentionally by following an unrestricted set of actions that changes with YOU. This New Year, challenge yourself to live more intentionally by implementing these four actions into your life:
Practicing gratitude for yourself and others around you is a key step to living intentionally. It has been proven that practicing gratitude in everyday life improves health and helps to build strong, long-lasting relationships.
- Show your appreciation to someone who went out of their way for you at work.
- Tell your friends what they mean to you.
- Say thank you often and with intention.
Learn Your Limits
It is SO important to learn and set boundaries around your limits. As you begin to set those boundaries in your life, it’s vital to be clear and assertive to yourself and others when it comes to them. Keep your boundaries in mind often and learn that it’s okay to have your boundaries change overtime…they are YOUR boundaries after all!
- Be assertive with your boundaries and limits.
- Pay attention to your needs in the present moment.
- Practice self-compassion.
In order to fully embrace vulnerability, you must learn to accept vulnerability into your life. Your relationship with vulnerability should (and will!) shift and adapt based on what you need in the present moment.
- Expose yourself to new experiences.
- Stop worrying about what others think.
- Learn to fully embrace your emotional flaws.
Take Time to Reflect
It’s vital to take time to reflect and process your wins, losses, and goals throughout the year. Self-reflection helps to bring perspective into our lives. Through self-reflection, we are able to look at our feelings and actions on a neutral level. The neutral atmosphere that self-reflection brings allows us to evaluate our emotions and thoughts without judgement.
- Implement a daily writing exercise.
- Be honest with yourself.
- Learn to listen to your intuition.