The only way to prepare for something is to prepare. I think when a new year rolls around everyone suddenly panic’s but why? I’ve come to find out it’s because most aren’t prepared for the new year. Realistically preparing for a new year shouldn’t be a task, or accomplishment, but in an imperfect world it is. I’ll admit I always prepare for the new year, not because it’s an obligation but because it helps me set the tone for how I want the year to be. If I prepare myself, mentally, physically, and emotionally to have a great year than that’s what my mindset will be once the new year arrives. If your having trouble preparing for the new year relax, sit down, and breathe. Your life doesn’t have to be so structured and organized in order to have a successful year. I’m not perfect, far from it and I’m not trying to be. You don’t have to try to be something your not either. It’s enough time in the year (365 days) to get yourself prepared if you even need to. In the mean time if you need a push or some tips on how to prepare for the new year then here are four ways to do it.
- Stop Worrying & Start Living
- Say No To What Doesn’t Please You
- Learn To Break Bad Habits
- Adopt A Mindset of Never Giving Up
Stop Worrying & Start Living
“Note to self everything is going to be Okay.”
Worrying doesn’t make a problem go away and it doesn’t solve it either. Sometimes the things we tend to focus on our out of our control. Every problem isn’t meant for us to solve, but rather navigate through it instead. When we stop to focus on the things that matter the most (good health, home, family, etc) we find that life becomes so much easier. I think this saying is an understatement for most, “God will never give you more than you can bear,” and that’s why so many of us “worry!” You do not have to worry because all your worries will be taken care of. Stop worrying and start living. Facing a difficult situation/circumstances is not an excuse to put your life on pause. I know because I’ve done it so many times. We lose out on so much when we continue to dwell on our problems. Life is so precious and as long as we take it for granted will never truly be able to experience all that it has to offer. However, when we allow things to just be we can enjoy life. Allow yourself to be free of all your problems by giving them to God. Don’t continue to allow yourself to be tempted by life’s problems. Focus on living and being at peace and your problems will be taken care of. At the end of the day we all face difficulties in life, but what you do when your faced with those difficulties will determine what kind of life you’ll have. You are not your problems, so stop allowing them to control you. “God says you must shift your focus because whoever or whatever controls your mind, controls you.” Don’t let life pass you by, instead embrace everything that comes with it.
Say No To What Doesn’t Please You
I think sometimes we forget we have the power to say, “NO!” So many of us feel like we owe it to others to be present, but we don’t. When something/someone is causing you pain instead of satisfaction, it’s time to let it go. These two letters N-O are more powerful then we think and it’s okay to say it and mean it. You don’t have to suffer in silence because you don’t want to be the bad guy. We all deserve to be free of things/people holding us back or mentally draining. For so many years I allowed my feelings and thoughts to consume me and control my actions because I couldn’t let go of what caused me so much pain & disappointment. I wanted to be free of it all, but I didn’t know how. Apart of me also wanted answers as to why I was the one suffering when I didn’t do anything wrong to those that had hurt me. It didn’t dawn on me that I had the power and strength to say “NO,” to what I was feeling and thinking until mentally & emotionally I couldn’t take it anymore. If I wanted to free myself from misery, then I needed to start saying “NO!”
No to pain
No to wanting answers for this or that
No to trying to force situations to go in my favor
No to people/things that made me unhappy and miserable
A simple “NO,” is sometimes all you need to let go of everything/anyone not pleasing to you. When you find yourself mentally exhausted from something/someone it’s time to free yourself and say, “NO!” We don’t have to carry the weight of others problems on our shoulders . “Let Go & Let God.”
Learn To Break Bad Habits
You learn to break bad habits, by adopting new ones. Breaking bad habits is hard, but not impossible. Apart of living is growing and apart of growing is learning new ways of life. The more we indulge in bad habits the harder they become too break, but still not impossible. Breaking bad habits is apart of letting go the old to embrace the new. We do not have to keep living the same life over and over. I know because for so long I continued to live the same life for so many years all because I didn’t want nor knew how to break my bad habits. Some of those habits were
Allowing myself to be controlled by my endless array of emotions
Being lead by false truths
Not believing I had the power to change
Those are just a few, but I had a lot more bad habits to break. I don’t think we realize how bad habits affect us until it’s to late. To late, being it’s gone on far too long. If your struggling to break bad habits, shift your focus from the bad habits to good ones. When we focus on the bad, the bad will consume us, but when we focus on the good, the good will consume us. Practice makes perfect, but you also have to be welling to change in order to truly be free of bad habits.
Adopt A Mindset of Never Giving Up
We all have given up, or have been tempted to. But, what have giving up actually done for either of us? Giving up will always be easy because it keeps us in our safe zone. Nobody likes to be uncomfortable but sometimes change requires it. Giving up will always be easy, but sticking with something for the long haul is hard, but rewarding. The best way to succeed at anything is to adopt a mindset of never giving up. It’s okay to take a break, when you need to, but don’t give up. Don’t allow yourself the pleasure of staying in your safe zone because eventually it will begin to crash. Step out on Faith and commit to accomplishing your goals, dreams, aspirations, passions, etc. It won’t be easy, but in the end you’ll be glad that you never gave up on whatever your trying to accomplish. We all crawled before we walked, and it’s no different when it comes to changing our ways, attitudes, and habits. Start small if you must, but remember to “Never Give Up!”
Life is truly what you make it. Some days will be easy and some days will be hard, but you have both the power and strength to get through each day. You can have a wonderful year, but you have to go out and make it one. Stop listening to that voice in the back of your head, that’s telling you, “You can’t do it,” because you can and you will. There’s no perfect way to prepare for a new year and neither is it only one way. The best way to prepare for a new year is to stop worrying about the what if’s and the how’s. You have everything in you, beside you, and above you to help you with anything. Life is not a task to check off your do list. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest! Go out and live because time waits for no one and neither should you wait on the right time, if there’s such a thing.