How To Reflect And Prepare For 2020
Take the positive, identify improvements, make a plan and take action
The year 2020 has just started …
Every time a year is going to start, I see my friends and family motivated to lose weight and change aspects of their lives with a new perspective.
I have felt this way, as well. As January comes around, I feel motivated and energized to make changes in my life. Furthermore, I start writing resolutions.
However, through the years, I have seen that I start performing my resolutions, but after sometimes, I go back to my old ways.
Does this happen to you?
No worries, you are not alone.
Nonetheless, through the process of writing resolutions, I have learned some ways to set up my year for success, also, maintain pursuing these resolutions for a sustained period.
Thus, achieving success and sustaining it.
So, today I want to share these lessons that have helped me so you can implement them in your life as well if you desire.
You never know, these might help you too.
Take The Positive
The first step to prepare for 2020 (or any other year) is to take the positive from the previous year. That is, sit down, reflect on all the good things, and lessons that have happened in your life.
Here are things I have done when taking the positive:
- Write down the lessons and wisdom you have acquired this year.
- Separate the good things that have happened during the past year in different areas of your life (health, career, finances, relationships, etc.)
I know it may be hard to identify the positive aspects if you have had a hard year; however, try your best to find some good things that have happened in your life that year.
No matter how small these good things are. Try to learn from these experiences, even if they were painful. I understand this is hard, but it sure has helped me when going through tough years.
So, if the year has been tough for you, try to stay positive even if things did not go your way.
How To Stay Optimistic When Life Is Not Going Your Way
Focus on what you have, call a friend, and do things you love.
Try to transform the negative experiences into positive ones by gaining wisdom from them. You can’t change the past, might as well use it to your favor.
“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”
Also, by taking the positive and learning from your experiences, it might help you find a purpose to make improvements in your life.
In my life, having a purpose for making the improvements is essential to achieving your goals and sustaining the rewards you receive.
Sometimes we might start on the right path, but after some time, we may stop pursuing these goals as the year progresses.
Thus, having a definite purpose behind the goal might be the gas you need to keep going, achieve your goal, and sustain it.
After that you have written down the lessons from the previous year, now its time to identify improvements.
This is where having separated these lessons by different areas of your life comes in handy.
For instance, if one of your lessons was that you need to get earlier to work. Then an improvement can be to wake up earlier and get out of your house at an earlier time that you are used to.
“No matter how much experience you have, there’s always something new you can learn and room for improvement.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Another example can be is that you started to lose weight this year, but then gained some of it at the end of the year.
An improvement perhaps could be to practice self-discipline or eat half of a serving at a restaurant when eating out to cut down calories.
These are just examples; you get the idea. Apply it to whatever you desire to improve in your life.
The key is to take the lesson and find solutions to any problems that you have had the previous year. These improvements may require investing in yourself, such as buying an online course or any other thing you need to improve your life.
On the other hand, these improvements may not require investing money at all, just the time to identify and implement them in your life.
These improvements may be harder than others; however, by making these improvements, you will move closer to the life you desire.
Make A Plan and Take Action
Now that you have identified improvements you can make in different areas of your life, then its time to make a plan, commit to it and start doing it.
To make sure you follow through the plan, you can divide the project into smaller actions and incorporate them into your daily routine. Then, you start doing these actions repetitively until these become a habit.
The overall idea is to systematize these actions until they become automatic for you. That is until they become a part of your daily routine.
Doing actions until they become a habit has worked wonders for me. By incorporating habits that are based on the improvements I want to make in my life, I would move closer to achieve what I wanted in my life.
Also, it made it easier for me to stick to the plan as time went on. On the other hand, if I didn’t make these improvements part of my daily routine, it was harder for me to keep doing them consistently.
Hence, I would lose interest and not make any progress.
Here are some examples of how you can take the improvements and turn them into habits:
- Leave to work in the morning at the same time
- Cooking healthy meals every Sunday for every day of the week
- Drink eight glasses of water every day
By leaving to work at the same time every day, you may train yourself to get to work on time. Make sure that the time you choose is earlier than before, and you have enough time to get to work.
The idea is to make getting to work on time a habit; this way, you will see the improvements manifest in your life. As you keep practicing this habit, then you can sustain the progress you have made in your life.
The same idea applies to cook healthy meals every Sunday and to drink eight glasses of water every day. Let’s say that the overall goal is to lose ___ amount of pounds (fill in the blank).
So making it a habit to prepare the week’s healthy meals may help you achieve that goal.
This way, it may be easier for you to maintain a diet that will help you achieve your weight loss goal.
Tip: Set reminders to take these actions.
One thing that has helped me a lot is to set reminders on my phone and other electronic devices to take these actions.
This way, I don’t forget to do these things and help me sustain them as part of my routine in the long run.
When preparing for 2020 or any other year, try to take the positive from the previous year. Write down the lessons from your experiences and obtain the wisdom from them.
After taking the positive aspects of your experiences, identify the improvements you can make in your life based on the lessons you learned after your reflection process.
Finally, take these improvements and try to turn them into habits as much as you can. Then, incorporate these habits into your daily routine.
By adding these habits to your daily routine, you may increase your chances of achieving success concerning your goals and sustain it.
If you liked this article, I think you might be interested in these articles as well:
How To Stay Productive During The Holidays
Making the most out of this wonderful time of the year
How To Get Back On Track With Your Positive Habits
Make a commitment, don’t be too hard on yourself and start small.
Disclaimer: I am not a mental health, fitness or counseling professional. These tips and advice are based on my experience and opinion as a student, tutor, teacher, and software developer. Everyone is different, so, the advice shared in this article may or may not work for you.