Here’s an interesting thing about the New Year: it offers another chance for you to achieve your personal goals, dreams, and aspirations. It allows you to start on the right foot and make big and small decisions for self-improvement.
However, as easy as it sounds, making those resolutions can sometimes be overwhelming. Let’s admit it, it’s definitely difficult to make a serious commitment, especially if you have the option to do things otherwise.
If you share the same sentiment, you’ve come to the right page! Like you, we also feel the difficulty of resisting temptation and throwing away all those habits we promised to no longer make.
Helpful Tips to Better Yourself This 2023
Whatever it is that you are feeling, that’s valid. But that does not mean that we’re not going to do something about it. This 2023, let’s work together to make ourselves better by following these very simple tips.
- Allow yourself to rest.
We’ve all been taught that working hard equals living a productive life. One study from Stanford University has already debunked this belief. When you work more than is required of you, whatever effort you put in ends up being pointless, as productivity drops the more you add hours to your working time.
While it is not much celebrated, know that resting is also productive. Those moments of silence can help you process what happened during the day and re-energize yourself for the tasks ahead. Resting does wonders for your overall well-being. This 2023, don’t ever feel guilty for giving yourself the rest that you deserve.
- Just show up.
For sure, there are so many things that you want to finally get started on this year. Looking at the goals you have set for yourself on your bucket list can be intimidating. But do you know how to make them happen? Just show up.
Want to go solo backpacking? Book that ticket. Want to run a marathon? Wake up early and lace up your shoes. Want to read a book? Buy it.
The first step is always the hardest. And when you’re uncertain about how to navigate through things, always keep in mind: just show up. Believe it or not, you are already 2% closer to your goal the moment you show up.
- Try to learn something new every day!
With everything available with a single tap, your learning capacity is limitless! This 2023, be open to learning new things, like financial stability, making the most of your credit card, digital banks, online marketing, exercises and diets suited for your body type, and so on.
As John Allen Paulo puts it: “The internet is the world’s biggest library.” Feel free to navigate. Want to better understand your finances? There’s calculator.me. Want to improve your sleep? There are several apps to choose from! Want to seriously get back into shape? There are tons of easy-to-follow workout videos on YouTube. Explore the many things that you can do, and don’t hesitate to engage in discussions in the comment section or online forums. Remember that every day is a chance for you to learn something new.
- Settle your accounts.
If you really want to start the year right and make yourself better this year, you have to make sure that you have already settled the issues of the past year (a.k.a. your financial responsibilities). No matter what kind of self-improvement techniques you apply, money will always find a way to track you. Therefore, you must make amends with your amortization, auto loan, credit cards, and other accounts that you must settle. If you need a little help navigating through these, check out the free financial calculators here!
- Be open to failures.
Let’s skip the sweet talk: expect some failures this year (2023). Failures are unavoidable no matter what you do or how hard you try, just as they are for everyone else.
Yes, it can get disheartening to fail, but know that you can’t be the best version of yourself if you keep staying on the safe side. Self-improvement requires taking risks.
Calculated risks. Sometimes, the results will do you good. Other times, the results will break your heart. But these will bring lessons that you won’t learn otherwise. Hence, practice finding the silver lining in the things that will happen to you in 2023.
It is about time that you stop manifesting things to happen. This 2023, make things happen. Be the best version of yourself by doing what you genuinely love and allowing yourself to fail, rest, and take things easy.
Cheers to a new you this year, 2023!