How to kick-start your year

It’s 2022, and we’re all looking forward to a new start to motivate us. The new year is the best time to leave old habits behind and start some new healthy ones. Here’s how to kick start your year the right way.

Define your vision and set goals

Determine your vision and goal. You can divide your plan into months or weeks depending on what works for you, but be sure to reflect on it regularly. What’s important is to allow space for unexpected events and surprises that life can throw at us. If your goals or visions change along the way, don’t be afraid to tweak/re-write them at any time, but never give up on pursuing them.

Keep a journal

Take a moment to write down every thought, idea, inspiration, goal, wish and dream that comes to your mind. By recording things on your phone or on paper you relieve your mind, become better organised, reduce overthinking, and lower stress levels. Depending on your journaling style, you can define three main tasks for each day and then stick to them or reflect on these at the end of the day.

Develop healthy habits

Define your own healthy habits that work best for you by focusing on exercise, diet, meditation, mindfulness, self-development, love, and vision. Practice these habits regularly, even if it’s only for a few minutes a day, and watch them become part of an even better you.

Practice gratitude

Try to see each situation with a positive mindset, no matter how tough it may be. Although you may be facing a difficult situation, think about other aspects in your life that you should be grateful for. This can include family, friends, or just making it to a new year. Start each day with jotting down three things you’re grateful for.

Be consistent

As you practice these new habits consistently, you’ll build momentum. This means you’ll also feel good about what you’re working towards. Consistency leads to progress, which can speed up the achievement of what you want.

Kick-starting the new year with a healthier mindset can be helpful, especially if you’re going through tough times. If you can develop a positive outlook, it can lead to a greater sense of wellbeing. It can be difficult sometimes, but it all starts with taking that first step. Do you have any other tips for kick-starting the year? Leave a comment down below!

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How to stick to Your New Year’s resolutions

You know how it is, in January we’re all excited about the New Year and making status updates with the hashtag: #NewYearNewMe. And then come March or April we’ve forgotten or given up on most of our New Year’s resolutions. Well chomas, let’s make a decision to make this year different.

So to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions, I’ve created a list to help you out.

1. Don’t try to change everything at once

One of the reasons that we give up on our resolutions is because we try to change too much too quickly. Start off slowly, maybe even by starting with just one resolution at a time. Choose the goal that you know you’re most likely to achieve. Once the first goal is ticked off your list, choose the next goal you’re most likely to achieve and slowly work towards the big things. This way, you will become more confident the more you achieve and feel more motivated to continue.

2. Write it down/talk about it

By writing your resolutions down, or talking about them with others, you’re making your goals more real. If you simply think about it, it’s easier for your to give up or forget about it because then your goals are just thoughts. Also, writing a list allows you to keep track of your goals – everything you’ve achieved and are yet to achieve.

3. Have a plan

Don’t just throw yourself into it, make sure that you think about it. Plan out what you’re going to start with and how you’re going to go about doing it. This way you will see what is and what is not achievable. Which brings me to my next point…

4. Be realistic

Know what is and what is not possible when it comes to you personally choma. I’m not saying limit yourself, but definitely understand yourself. For example, deciding to run a marathon next month even though you’ve never ran a race in your life may not be a very realistic goal. So just think about what it is that you want to achieve and set realistic expectations for yourself. Also be realistic about failure – sometimes it happens. Just make sure that you’re mentally prepared to deal with it. One way to be mentally prepared to deal with failure is to promise yourself that even if you do fail, you won’t give up. Remember, New Year’s resolutions don’t all have to be achieved in January. Do everything at your own pace.

5. Get support

Surround yourself with people who are behind you and believe in you. Sometimes when we say that we want to achieve something, not everyone believes us. It’s important to have others who will encourage you when you slip up and celebrate with you when you succeed! Better yet, why not partner up with a friend or family member and achieve your New Year’s resolutions together?

Whatever you decide to do, remember to make it fun and positive.

What New Year’s resolutions are you hoping to achieve chomas? Let me know in the comment section.