Did You Have Bad Year? Here’s How to Set Yourself Up For Real Positive Change In 2017

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By Alvin Martin

Just before the New Year, I paid a visit to my Uncle Rob. I’ve kind of created a personal tradition of checking up on him and his family during the holidays.

To put it mildly, 2016 was kind of a difficult year for them. His eldest daughter, Janine, who just turned 18 got pregnant and decided to marry the guy. Although her family was against it, they still supported her all the way. However, the toughest part was that the baby was born premature and turned out to have an inborn disorder.

I know it wasn’t easy for them, but what I admire most about Uncle Rob’s family was that they remained strong. Another good thing was that Janine humbly admitted her mistakes in the past and decided to inspire other young women in their church to be careful with their decisions, to always love and respect their parents, and the perils of marrying young.

I know everyone takes these kind of sensitive issues differently. Some would probably be ashamed of the circumstances and allow pride to take over their life by choosing to be blind rather than owning up to their faults and shortcomings.

In my opinion, if you truly want to improve yourself for the better, you should be humble enough to admit your mistakes and be ready to take responsibility of your actions.

Here are other ways to set yourself up to move mountains this New Year and begin the next exciting chapter of your life.

Cultivate Self-Worth

Living in a state of self-love can enhance the quality of your life significantly by making you feel confident about your ability to survive the rockiest of times, to pursue what makes you happy and to create healthy boundaries to protect yourself from people who could potentially harm you.

So, work on loving and getting to know yourself more. When you don’t know yourself, life becomes a very lonely experience because you’re hanging out with a stranger all the time. Also, learn to fill the empty voids in your life by yourself, so that no matter what unpredictable crap you go through, you will always feel confident that you can work through it because you are with yourself.

Pursue Attainable Objectives

You will be setting yourself up for disappointment if you have unrealistic goals and expectations for yourself. Come up with objectives that are measurable, relevant and time-bound.

In the piece “4 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Do the First Week of the New Year,” writer Lyneir Richardson explains the importance of creating specific plans to start the year off with a burst of energy.

Begin by re-calibrating your skills, efforts, and resources. Tidy up your work space, filter out the toxic people around you and purge those who are harmful to your productivity. Doing so allows you to generate exciting ideas and new opportunities for growth.

Challenge Yourself

Pushing yourself to the limits is the only way to know how far you can possibly go. You need to set the bar higher every day in order make REAL progress and big improvements.

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Embrace the Changes in Your Life

Change is the only thing constant in this world. You can’t prevent it from happening so it doesn’t make sense resisting it.

According to writer Andrew Meyer, spiritual evolution cannot be contained because it is in your very nature to transform and grow in body, mind and spirit. Also, you do not have to conform or be a slave of the system, especially if it doesn’t secure your freedom and your natural, inherent and inborn rights as a human being.

The “awakening” process can be a bit shaky, out of balance and draining, but there’s no need to worry because it’s a normal part of soul growth. The best thing you can do while you’re going through this process is to remain positive by choosing to treat the whole experience as a stepping stone to reach your fullest potential.

Here are some important things to remember to be able to adapt to the shifts, transcend the bumps of your transformation process and remain in control.

• Think positive thoughts. Be calm in your heart and use your breath to find peace.
• Believe in your power to create and to drive your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Do not be afraid to take a leap of faith out of your comfort zone so that you can discover your true self and claim your limitless potential.
• Reconnect with yourself through nature to help elevate your consciousness.
• Understand that if you want to reclaim control and resonate with freedom, you also have to take responsibility for your whole being – from your food, body, emotions, thoughts and decisions.
• Let go of any beliefs or practices that do not resonate with love. Create your best intentions for what serves your heart, but do it with caring and appreciation.