7 Steps To Reset Your Life
It is often said that the only constant in life is change. Beginnings, endings, relationships, deaths, successes, failures — they are part and parcel of being human, and that’s true for all of us.
The beginning of a new year brings with it a brilliant opportunity for us all to implement changes in our lives — whether professional or personal — and lay the groundwork to take action. For instance, if you plan to further your education, your course of action could be searching for colleges and applying to them. Or, if you are looking to learn a new language this year, signing up for offline or virtual classes is a good first step to take. Sometimes, however, we may find ourselves at a point where things need to change — often drastically — but we don’t always know where to start.
Fear, doubt, or a general lack of confidence can pose a significant hindrance, eventually affecting our mood in the long run. You might wonder, “Is it even worth changing at this stage in my life?”
The truth is that it does not matter how old you are or where you are in your life; it is never too late to change things for the better.
If you genuinely believe in this change, and if you are truly ready to put in whatever effort it will take, you can reset your life no matter your age or background. And, if 2022 is the year you want to make that reset, here are some powerful tips to help you out:
1Take Some Time To Clear Your Mind
Before embarking on a major life change, it can be helpful to get away from everything for a spell and recharge. Switch off from work. Talk to your close-knit family members and friends. Spend some time alone.
Taking a break from your daily routine will help you put better plans in place. This is especially helpful if you are rebuilding after a major loss, such as a death or divorce.
2Envision the Life You Want
The power of visualization is extremely strong. Picture exactly what your ideal life looks like in terms of career, relationships, where you live, etc. An excellent way to help you harness this power is by making a mood board of the things you want to achieve and putting it up over your work desk or anywhere else you can see it every day.
3Check Your Current Priorities
The priorities that defined you when you were younger or at a different stage in your career may not be the same ones that drive you now. Ask yourself what matters to you most right now and where you currently stand.
Do you want to make more money? Do you want to travel the world? Do you want to build a home and be with your family? This will help narrow down the kinds of changes you need to make in the coming months.
4Identify the Challenges
Depending on the life change that you are navigating, there will likely be challenges in both the short and long term. Identify the three biggest ones you can think of and write them down.
Even the small act of articulating what you are likely to face will help you find better solutions. More importantly, let go of your bad habits. Often, what holds you back the most from significant change is your own lifestyle.
Take ownership of your choices and cut out the unhealthy things — be it binge eating, smoking, or spending too much time on your phone. Adding exercise to your routine is always a good idea.
5Get Rid of the People Weighing You Down
If you have been reading my articles, you will know how much I endorse removing toxic people from your lives. I firmly believe not everybody who has been with you on your journey so far will have a place in your new life.
As far as possible, distance yourself from negative people and negative physical reminders of your past. Instead, surround yourself with the right kind of people. You may have heard that you are only as good as the five people you spend the most time with.
Follow that practice and spend your time with people who nourish your mind, heart, and soul. You will be much happier and more confident — trust me!
6Make a Plan to Start in Small Increments
Any change, if not incorporated well, can be overwhelming. Here is the thing: The most powerful life reset plans are often just a cumulative set of small actions. Set baby steps to begin with and celebrate each bit of progress.
Particularly when starting out, a journal helps you stay aligned with your goals by visually depicting your progress. Each box you check off gives you a sense of accomplishment, which motivates you to come back again tomorrow.
7Always Be Grateful
Even when things seem tough, practice gratitude for what you have and how far you have come. An excellent way to start is by maintaining a gratitude journal in which each day, you write out three things you are grateful for.
If that’s not for you, give your thanks to the universe for everything and/or everyone you feel blessed to have — as soon as you wake up in the morning.
No matter what you may think, it is simply never too late to start over and create the life you want. And, if you feel scared or disheartened along the way, remember that is completely normal. Put in the work, embrace the uncertainty, and make the most of every day. Before you know it, you will have evolved more than you could have imagined.