As the new year continues to unfold, claim that it brings nothing but good promises, hope and a brighter new year. This is the perfect time to chart your goals and strategize, review your bucket list and create new dreams.
So are you taking the privilege to shine this year or should you just linger in status quo? The choice is always yours.
This new year, we have some helpful tips in making this year the best year yet. A year has 365 days and we want you to say yes to happiness, love and success each and every waking day. Allow us to turn on your switch with the following guidelines, so you could shine the brightest this year:
1. UPGRADE YOUR LOOK.
Try a new hairstyle or powerdress at work and be the new you on your first day after the holiday vacation. Research says that people who feel good about themselves tend to be more inspired and productive at work. Build your image and create a physical signature, however, make sure it is a positive one. Surprise your significant other with your upgraded look. Considering your budget, you can revisit your wardrobe and see what needs to be donated and what can still be used in order to attain that newer version of you. Unleash your creativity and create your own style.
2. SAVE AND MONITOR YOUR EXPENSES.
Make a commitment that you will save 10% of your income for rainy days. Create an emergency fund, a travel fund, an educational fund or a charity fund. As much as possible avoid going to a grand mall sale if you know you cannot control yourself from impulsive buying. Do not make indiscriminate swiping of credit or debit cards. Buy only the things that you need. Make a list of your cash outlays, so you could monitor where does all your money go to. Increase your income, instead of your liabilities. Invest your money in mutual funds, trust funds or any other investment vehicles. You may look for a financial advisor who can better help you understand how your money will work for you. As they say, the best time to invest was yesterday and the next best time is today. Do not delay your opportunity to earn and increase your net worth.
3. CHOOSE YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOUR FRIENDS.
Embrace positivities in your life. Breathe in and exhale nothing but good thoughts and good words. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Positive mind creates positive life. Your mind is like a huge magnet. Attract best things and best things will happen in your life. Choose who you associate with, like the thoughts you choose to entertain in your mind. You cannot expect a positive result if you keep hanging out with people who dull your shine, steal your dreams and moments, clip your wings and exudes negativities. If you cannot avoid them, atleast filter what they feed you. Be with the people who are living their dreams. Remember, attitude is contagious. They may probably have the right attitude that put them to where they presently are. That’s the kind of attitude you need to adapt.
4. PRIORITIZE YOUR HEALTH.
Health is wealth. This year, take time to have your annual physical examination. Review your diet and cut off foods which can only pose risk on your health. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Not only that it can boost your immune system, it can also make your skin subtle and clear. In a way it will save you from doctor’s expenses. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins. Take multivitamins and anti-oxidants. You may consult your physician which one to take. Make time to have regular exercise or any physical activity. Being fit is not merely for vanity, it is actually just one of those benefits one can obtain from doing it. Exercise is good for the heart, skin, circulation of blood, digestion and brain function. Studies show also that people who have regular exercise benefit with a positive boost in the mood. It is probably because of the ‘happy hormones’ it releases after exercising. Now is the best time to join a fun run or enroll in a gym or dance class and sweat all your stress out.
5. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.
Live your life without regrets. In this extremely busy world, you have to be firm in making sure that your time is not only consumed solely by your work. Have a life after work. Your work is never ending and contrary to that, one’s existence in this world, which includes yours, is never unlimited. In other words, the world will not pause for you till you get done with your work, because it will just keep revolving and time keeps flying by. No amount of money can afford the time which has already passed. Take time to be with your family or loved ones. Be part of your loved ones’ milestone. Don’t miss out events which ask for your presence. You need to be there for them too.
6. AIM FOR EXCELLENCE.
Develop whatever skills you have and rise above mediocrity. Make a personal evaluation of your performance and work on your weaknesses. Capitalize on your strength and improve it further. Work with passion and get promoted. Always have in your mind that you are as good as your last performance, so might as well give your best shot. Treat everyday as your last day and you only want to leave a good legacy and contribution in whatever field or discipline you are in. Ask yourself “How do I want to be remembered?”.
7. ACHIEVE A DREAM AND/OR DREAM AGAIN.
That dream you have been wanting to achieve? Get it now! Ask and you shall receive. Forget the ifs and buts, just claim it. Work hard like everything depends on you and pray harder like everything depends on God. Be so determined that next year you have a new dream to achieve, because the dream you currently have on your list has already come to pass. Experience that perseverance pays. Allow God to surprise you. Just put your utmost trust in Him. Nothing is impossible with God.
8. FIND TIME TO HAVE A “ME” TIME.
You deserve a break, a reward for a job well done, a pampering or perhaps just a mere solo time. It doesn’t need to be so expensive in order to attain that solitude. But if your means can afford it without touching your emergency fund, then by all means do what can make your soul happy. However, for those who do not have a travel fund, you can still achieve this “me” time by just being creative. You can relax inside your room, go to a nearby park where you can breathe fresh air, read a good book, go window shopping or get a good sleep if you havent had a substantial one lately. The purpose is for you to relax, recuperate, meditate and get in touch with your inner self.
9. DO SOMETHING YOU’VE NEVER DONE BEFORE.
Make a list of things you’ve never done before or of places you’ve never been to. You only live once (YOLO), so make the most out of it while you have the means and while you have the physical strength to do it. Feed a stranger, study a foreign language, volunteer for public service, travel alone or with a group and get to know other culture. At the end of the day, there is a sense of fulfillment whenever you check off one item in your list. It somehow makes you a different person, because the changes happen in the journey. Make your journey as meaningful as your purpose.
10. DEEPEN YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
Above everything else, do not forget God who never forgets you. He seeks you even before you seek Him. Take time to count the things you asked and He granted, as well as the other things you have but you didn’t ask. Talk to Him in prayers. He listens and He answers in the way that is best for you. This year, find time to thank Him for the countless blessings He has given you. Ask nothing but forgiveness for the times you have failed Him. Seek Him and you’ll experience His grace.
Time flies so fast and you may not even realize another year has passed. Our only wish for you this new year is that you will win all the battles you will be in. Continue to have a winning attitude and don’t be afraid to take chances. You are made as a winner. You are a winner and will always be. Don’t quit your dreams before you have it. Achieve it with a brave heart and burning passion.
Happy new year from your Winner Companion Family. Declare that this is your year!
Photo credits to: Laly Macabeo, China