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Three Changes To Explore For The Year Ahead
The first few months of a new year are usually seen as the time for you challenge yourself and make the changes that you have been promising to make.
But, it doesn’t matter what time of the year you decide to approach change, it is going to be challenging and present difficulties both predicted and unforeseen.
However, if you’re someone who is looking for something fresh in your life, here are some ideas on what you can do and ways to go about doing them.
Remember, sometimes the chase for something new is as good as achieving it.
A career change is one of those parts of life that is much more daunting than it should be.
The intolerance of uncertainty that arises when we consider that taking a leap of faith and starting something new could be troubling is off the charts.
However, with some careful planning and solid research, you will quickly find that a lot of your concern can be dealt with by being prepared and approaching a new job exactly how you would your old one.
So, how do you go about pursuing a new career?
Well, one way of getting yourself ready for a taking the steps to a new job is to look into what different skills and knowledge the role you are aspiring to achieve requires.
If you need a new qualification don’t let that deter you, rather add a branch to your research tree and find out where you should go to learn the details your next career move is asking for.
Fortunately, we are living in a day and age that has made education far more accessible than ever before.
For example, if you want to transition into a teaching role then you should look into a masters in education distance learning.
These types of online courses give you the opportunity to gain fresh qualifications without interrupting your current position and the luxury of working on your own time.
It may seem too good to be true, but more and more people are taking online degrees and progressing their careers through them.
As said above, the thing you should do before pursuing any steps is thorough research.
You might not need a whole qualification in order to get your new role, it could just require a training course or a digital certificate.
Remember that when you are applying for your new role that your career history is going to be on your CV, so don’t put yourself through learning a whole new subject if you have already demonstrated the ability to do it elsewhere.
Finally, don’t get disheartened by the challenge of switching careers.
More and more people are using the changing industries to transition their way out of their current job and into something that gives them a little bit more.
You might not get employed right away, but by demonstrating to potential employers that you are doing the things necessary to move into their field and persisting with your applications, opportunity will come to you within good time.
Health & Fitness
Another part of life that many people want to change but find that motivation can be lacking is health and fitness.
As every year goes by our bodies change and its need evolve, that is the first thing to understand before you take on any health based goals.
You can’t expect to treat a 30-year-old body the way you did at 18; biology just doesn’t work like that.
However, that isn’t to say that you just give up and let mother time have her way with you.
No, you understand the change to the challenge and you start to approach things differently.
So with that in mind, we are going to look at some broader terms of health and fitness that you can use, all the while encouraging you to take this information and expand it through your own research.
The first thing you can do if you’re looking to improve your health and fitness, and this one does apply across the board, is speak to a local physician and get a health test.
Your body isn’t too different from a car and getting an MOT every now and then is a sensible thing to do.
Doctors will be able to advise you on necessary changes to your diet and exercise regime better than any blog.
One thing that can deter people from getting a physical checkup is fear that their physician might give them news they don’t want to hear, but that shouldn’t be something that stops you.
If you’re serious about making changes to your health then knowing what you’re working with is the best place to start.
Once you know what you’re working with, it’s time to start making the changes. For the purposes of this section, we are going to focus on exercise.
There are so many different types of training that you can do so it seems only reasonable to approach them through two lenses, the gym and home fitness:
The Gym – There are different types of people when it comes to exercising, just like there are throughout life. If you are the type of person who requires motivation and fewer distractions then a gym might be a good place for you to head to.
The facilities at a gym will outdo anything you have in your home and provide you with experts around the place to help you use them.
Depending on your plans you might want to enlist the help of a personal trainer for the first few weeks to get you started and help you learn a routine that suits you.
Much like with a physician, these are people who are experts in their field and can design a workout program to suit your needs.
At Home – Working out at home comes with its advantages and one of those is it’s cheaper and requires less action. That is to say, that if you have a plan to work out at home then you can just get going without the need to travel somewhere first.
A home fitness routine is a good idea for anyone who is starting out fresh in the exercise game and you might want to consider starting light like buying a yoga mat and fitness DVDs like the program offered by DDP Yoga.
Home fitness is also good for those of you who like a run or cycle and can motivate yourself to get out in the fresh air in between your working hours.
Life Experience – Finally, the last change that you might be exploring is to increase the experiences in your life and break the routine.
As we get older it gets easier to slip into the same old daily plan and lose sight of the energy and drive that led us in our earlier years.
This can happen at any point from your twenties onwards, it is always easy to look back on when you were free of work and other commitments and remember them as the ‘good old days.’
However, they don’t have to be and your adult years should be just as exciting and character building.
One life experience that should become easier to achieve as you get older is to travel, broadening your mind by meeting new people and experiencing different cultures.
Now that you are working, you can pay for yourself to travel wherever suits your desires.
Your annual leave is there for you to take a break from the daily grind and that should mean getting yourself out there and experiencing life for all it is worth.
Some suggestions for those of you looking to create some new memories this year include:
Europe – Buy yourself a rail pass and get travelling around Europe.
You won’t regret taking a few weeks off of work and entertaining yourself with walks through the Swiss Alps, a trip back in time in Rome and the sun-drenched beaches of Barcelona.
Europe is easy to travel around and is incredibly accessible for even the laziest of travellers.
Safari – If it’s life experience you want then you should find your way to one of the many African countries that offer safari experiences.
Places like Tanzania and South Africa will get you up close and personal with all of the big five animals such as lions and elephants.
Your memories will be so enriched by the opportunity to see these creatures in their natural habitat and meeting the people of the country you visit that the travel bug will bite you harder than ever before.
Cuba – If you’ve ever had a conversation about Cuba you’ve probably heard someone say ‘I’d love to get there before it changes.’
Well, that sentence has been said for decades now and yet it still continues to offer one of the most unique experiences to anyone outside of the Caribbean.
Don’t waste time thinking about it, do you research and get some Cuba spirit flowing through your memories.
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