As much fun as those New Year’s Eve parties might be, they’re not the only reason to celebrate the start of a new year. The entire month of January can ignite a creative fire, a desire to get fit and healthy, or even spark an interest in self-improvement. Perhaps that’s why the start of the year is also the most popular time to publish self-help books. Regardless of what you’re looking to bring into your life this year, a great place to start is by setting goals so you have something to aim for. Keep reading for the ultimate list of ways you can live your best life this year.
Start Your Own Business
Starting a business might
not necessarily be the first thing that comes to your mind when you
think of self-improvement, but maybe it should be. If you have an
entrepreneurial spirit, taking the leap into business ownership might
be a perfect fit for you. Whether you plan to freelance, work in the
gig economy, or get a loan for a brick-and-mortar business, it’s
never been easier to chase your dream of successful, independent
If you’re curious to try running a business but aren’t sure where to start, you might look into dropshipping. Not only does it have a low overhead combined with next to zero startup costs, but it can also provide a flexible way to earn some extra income throughout the year. Who knows — if your business venture is profitable enough, you might be able to quit your day job and live your entrepreneurial dream full-time.
Regardless of what you
aspire to do in your life this year, why not make gratitude a part of
the process? Gratitude is an effective way to train
yourself to be happier, more content, and more
positive. If you’re unsure of where to start, you might make a list
of three things each day that you’re thankful for. To take your
new-found gratitude practice to the next level, you could also attend
a yoga or meditation
class for beginners.
This tip should come as no
surprise: getting fit and healthy is a great way to improve your
life. You might start by modifying your diet to focus on leafy green
vegetables, fresh fruits, and lean sources of protein. Another option
is to make sure you get some exercise a few days per week. According
to Mayo Clinic, the United States Department of Health and Human
that all adults get a combination of aerobic activity, such as
swimming or taking a brisk walk, along with strength training. By
investing in some weights and taking a 30-minute walk around your
neighborhood, you can improve your health and longevity.
Get Smart About Money
The final self-improvement
idea on this list is something far too many people overlook. As you
think about improving your life this year, be sure to consider your
finances. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need to invest in
a financial planner, although it certainly wouldn’t hurt.
starting with a weekend financial freeze once per
month. You might seek out fun and free activities that you can do
from the comfort of your own home, such as arts and crafts — or
even a Netflix binge of a show you’ve wanted to watch.
If you crave financial freedom but are having trouble saving money, author Dave Ramsey offers a list of seven simple “baby steps” that can help you get started. As you check each step off your list, just move on to the next one. Finances really can be that simple.
What changes would you like to make in your life this year? Too often, we put off the things we reallywant. Sometimes, we’re afraid we don’t have what it takes to reach a goal. Other times, we procrastinate by telling ourselves the timing isn’t right and we’ll start working toward the goal tomorrow instead. Now is the time to put those excuses and fears aside. Life’s too short not to start living the life you’ve always craved. By taking the first steps at the start of the year, you’ll have 12 whole months to keep working toward what you want most in life.
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