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3 Ways to Feel Good About Yourself in 2017

3 Ways to Feel Good About Yourself in 2017

There’s no doubt that 2016 has been one car crash of a year. We all know it; the memes show it and almost all of us cannot wait for 2017 to begin anew. Most of us look towards the new year to make resolutions and to move forward with the best possible start. For those that feel this year has really taken the wind out of their sails, I’ve taken the liberty of outlining five ways in which to feel good about yourself next year.

Take it easy over New Year’s

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    It’s hard, I know, but taking it easy over the new year is – unsurprisingly – a great way to bring in the new year. Most of us get time off work over the festive period and therefore use it as a prime excuse to go wilder than your boss at your work Christmas party. However, restraining yourself over the holiday break is the best way to give yourself a brilliant head start in January. There’s nothing worse than returning to work feeling more disheveled and out of steam than you did when you left.

    So this year, instead of going out on the town only to find the most expensive, over-packed night disappointing yourself with an incredibly underwhelming NYE countdown and head-splitting hangover on the 1st of January, just don’t this year. Maybe spend it with family, or stay in and bring in the new year by actually being alive on the first day of it.

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    Do what you want

      Fitness is normally at the top of everyone’s priority list when it comes to New Year’s resolutions but there are many other ways to feel good about yourself in 2017. I say after the abysmal year 2016 has been, next year is the time to do what you want – what you really want – and that doesn’t mean doing things your work peers will or won’t think are socially acceptable.

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      If you’ve always wanted to be in a musical – do it, there are always amateur acting classes. If you want to move abroad – do it, getting a visa can’t be that hard. If you think, hey I could do with a little more in the bust area? You don’t even need to have implants, take the fat from 2016 and add it to your best asset! Always wanted to learn a new language or go back to school? Do it, learning is a great way to feel good about yourself. Basically, do whatever makes you happy, whatever makes you the best, most confident version of yourself – do it, and don’t worry about what people think of you.

      Let it go

        It’s easier said than done but the best way to shake off the residual anger of a horrible 2016 is to just let go of it. This not only counts for all the incredibly sad celebrity deaths but things in your own life too.
        The best way of moving forward is to look forward; that grudge you had for the guy that stole your hummus from the communal fridge at work? Let it go, man. The burning jealousy for that girl that seems to have everything on Instagram? Let it go. And those inevitable Christmas family squabbles? Let. Them. Go. I’m telling you, the less weight on your mind as you move into the new year will allow you to focus on what truly makes you happy.
        So whatever your plans are this year, make sure you’re giving yourself time to regroup over the holidays. Let go of your anger (and memories of Frozen) from last year and when looking forward – feel free to do whatever makes you happy. 2017 can’t be any worse than 2016.

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        Last Updated on January 21, 2020

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

        your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

          Why You Need a Vision

          Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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          How to Create Your Life Vision

          Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

          What Do You Want?

          The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

          It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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          Some tips to guide you:

          • Remember to ask why you want certain things
          • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
          • Give yourself permission to dream.
          • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
          • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

          Some questions to start your exploration:

          • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
          • What would you like to have more of in your life?
          • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
          • What are your secret passions and dreams?
          • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
          • What do you want your relationships to be like?
          • What qualities would you like to develop?
          • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
          • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
          • What would you most like to accomplish?
          • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

          It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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          What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

          Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

          A few prompts to get you started:

          • What will you have accomplished already?
          • How will you feel about yourself?
          • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
          • What does your ideal day look like?
          • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
          • What would you be doing?
          • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
          • How are you dressed?
          • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
          • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
          • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

          It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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          Plan Backwards

          It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

          • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
          • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
          • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
          • What important actions would you have had to take?
          • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
          • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
          • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
          • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
          • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

          Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

          It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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