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2016 Is Ending: See If You Have Done These 4 Things To Live A Great Year

2016 Is Ending: See If You Have Done These 4 Things To Live A Great Year

As we come to the end of another year, it’s time to look back on the past 12 months and take a personal inventory.

If you are serious about furthering your personal growth, then it’s a good idea to ask yourself the following four questions on a regular basis. They can all act as powerful triggers for self-reflection. Each question will help you assess whether or not you have lived a truly great 2016 and help you in your 2017 journey to ensure you live an even greater year.

#1 Have you become more positive?

A positive mindset is the key to success in every area of your life.

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Until you learn to spot and grab a hold of the opportunities that surround you, then much of your potential will be wasted. Furthermore, it’s much easier to be productive and recover from setbacks if you can maintain an upbeat frame of mind. Were you able to look on the bright side in 2016, or did you find yourself slipping into a negative state from time to time?

Some people seem to naturally be more positive than others, but with practice, anyone can teach themselves to look for silver linings in even the bleakest of situations. If you are already positive, make it a priority in 2017 to hold onto this invaluable mentality!

#2 Have you learned more about your strengths and weaknesses?

Taking an honest look at your personal strengths and weaknesses can be challenging.

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Not only is it hard to be honest with ourselves, but we are all complex creatures who behave differently depending on the situation, our mood, and many other factors. This is why it’s worth taking the time to evaluate where you currently shine and the areas in which you could stand to improve.

What has gone well over the past year and what could you have done differently?

Make a plan for the next few months that will allow you to improve your weaker areas and reinforce your strengths even further. No one is perfect, but you can help yourself along the path to self-fulfillment by being willing to examine your unique profile of skills, talents, and future ambitions.

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#3 Have you discovered more about what you really want?

What you want most from life will change as you age.

For example, in your late teens and early twenties, your focus may be securing a college degree and then progressing up the first few rungs of the career ladder. However as time goes on, you may find that your key want and need is for a long-term relationship, spiritual development, or starting a family.

As you reflect back on 2016, consider whether your main wants and needs have changed over the past 12 months. If so, do you need to adjust your plans or lifestyle to move closer to attaining your dreams? If your desires have remained unchanged, have you taken appropriate steps in 2016 to help yourself inch closer to your goals?

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#4 Have you made at least one breakthrough in your work or personal life?

You don’t always have to perform great feats or heroic deeds to make progress when it comes to personal growth.

As long as you are willing to step outside your comfort zone, then you are travelling in the right direction. Think about any challenges you have overcome in 2016. Have you conquered any fears or realized any ambitions? Whether or not these breakthroughs feel life-changing, congratulate yourself for daring to push yourself further and moving closer to the person you want to be.

Examining your life and drawing up a plan for the coming year may be a daunting prospect, but self-reflection is the best way of assuring that you are on the right track. Even if you feel as though 2016 was not an especially good year, 2017 is just around the corner.

Why not strive to make it the best 12 months of your life?

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Last Updated on September 12, 2019

12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

Here are 12 things to remember:

1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

Learn how to embrace your me time: What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

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2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

Take a look at this article and learn to accept your imperfect self: Accept Yourself (Flaws and All): 7 Benefits of Being Vulnerable

7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

10. Journal During This Time

Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

Afraid to ask for help? Here’s how to change your outlook to aim high!

Final Thoughts

Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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