There is a common misconception that resolutions should only be made at the start of a new year. However, this mindset causes us to miss out on all the opportunities to consciously better ourselves throughout all 12 months. Instead of saving your resolutions to better yourself for the new year and putting off your goals, take advantage of every new month, new week, and new day. Why not make resolutions as often as possible? Make every day better than the last, and your year will be nothing short of amazing. Here are 3 insights to keep in mind as you are out there living your life.
Have foresight about hindsight
How many times have you looked back on your life decisions wishing you had done something different to get a better outcome? Probably more times than you would like, but that’s okay. It’s all a part of being human. And as humans, our hindsight is 20/20. But one thing you can do to make sure you have better outcomes throughout the following months is to anticipate your future decisions. Picture yourself a year from today and start making decisions each day that your future self will thank you for. Have foresight about hindsight and keep clarity in your thoughts so that you make decisions you can be proud of.
Evaluate your experiences
Many people live by the belief that experience is the best teacher. And while gaining experience in any area of life is valuable, it is not the best way to learn. Evaluated experience is the best teacher because you can’t just go through things in life. You have to grow through things in life to learn from your experiences.
Maybe you set goals, resolutions, and plans at the first of the year to make this year your most successful one yet, but what good is that if you don’t consistently evaluate your progress and keep yourself accountable to the things you learn along the way? Unpack your good and bad experiences to gain perspective and learn from them. Ask yourself why January was different than February. Then, question what you did different in March. Evaluate your wins and losses and decide to win more in the following days, weeks, and months based on the tweaks you make. Constant self-critiquing is the only way to truly become the best version of yourself.
Root yourself in your values
The new year is an open door with all kinds of paths to take. Make sure the path you’re on leads to the destination you want to end up in your life. Always keep your values, your why, your dreams, your goals, or whatever is important to you at the forefront of your mind. In doing so, even when you stumble, you feel empowered and encouraged to get right back up again to continue along your path to a better outcome.
When a child learns how to walk, he may fall down 50 times, but he never thinks “hmm… I don’t think this walking thing is for me.” Adopt this same mentality because there are going to be challenges along the way, but what really matters is how you respond to those challenges. Make a decision to root your actions in your values, so that when you fall down, you remember why you’re on this journey to begin with. That will give you enough reason in itself to get back up again.
Keep these 3 insights in mind this year because this is your year to RISE UP and overcome your “now” circumstances to get you to where you want to go.