With the start of a New Year, a lot of us embrace the New Year, New Me motto. With 2020, it’s not just a New Year, it’s a New Decade. So what better time to make some changes to your lifestyle and habits than now, with the onset of a New Year and a New Decade!

So here’s our guide to habits for a winsome New Year and New Decade.


Become Self-Aware

The most important thing that a person can do for themselves is to become self-aware. Dedicate a certain amount of time every day to getting in touch with your thoughts and feelings. Self-reflection can help you understand your aims and a plan of action to achieve your aims. When you become self-aware you develop a better hold over negative thoughts and feelings. Having a positive mindset is important for opening yourself up to perspective and change, which helps you accept things. And acceptance is the first step.


Don’t Be Afraid of Rejection

One of the biggest reasons a lot of people miss out on opportunities is because they fear rejection. Many times, even when we have the requisite skill sets, we get scared of failing or of getting rejected and don’t take the opportunity. Fear holds people back and restricts people from being able to live up to their ambition.

The next time you find yourself facing a brand new opportunity that could be a game-changer, don’t fret about how difficult it is or about the possibility of you not achieving it. Instead of fear, think “this will work” or “what if I succeed?”


Become Perseverant

Once you’ve figured out your goals and objectives, learn to become perseverant. Grit, bravery, and perseverance are the most important tools for fulfilling long-term goals. Knowing what your goals are is not enough. It’s important to differentiate between your long-term and short-term goals and to follow through on the goals. Make perseverance a habit for every goal and make follow through a habit.


Develop a Better You

Put in the time and energy to understand your past and develop a better you. Analyze the things you did in the past year and learn from it. Understanding your past is the most successful way of making a successful strategy for yourself.


Big Goals and Small Milestones

When you set a goal, don’t wait to celebrate or be happy until you achieve it in full. Understand that milestones are just as important. Make it a habit to celebrate your small milestones, and you’ll find yourself in a happier and more peaceful place. Similarly, when you set goals, set small milestones too!


A Few Strategies

  • Identify and create opportunities. Every day holds opportunities, all that’s missing is for you to accept them. Don’t wait for the opportunity to come up to you. You see something you want to achieve? Run to it and grasp it. Every opportunity you miss is loss and every loss you suffer will slow you down. 
  • Plan ahead, but not far too ahead. You don’t have to make a 10-year plan for yourself. Starting the decade on a good note is not about planning the decade. Take things one day at a time. Plan only as far into the future as you need to. Success comes from intention. So, determine your intention and then fulfill what you can at the moment to achieve it. 
  • Pick up practices that help you to stick to your habit. Want to start a healthier lifestyle? Practice going to bed early and waking up early. Include working out. Habits and practices go hand in hand. 

Your habits and your practices will be the key to your success, so make sure you keep them right and focus on what’s important!