The last few days in December are always a time for reflection.
It is a time to look back on what was good in the year just gone by and what you would rather forget about.
It is also a time for introspection too.
For many people, the lead-up to New Year’s Eve involves evaluating their lives and the path they are currently on to try and establish if it is how they want it to be.
This mental stocktake provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on what is truly important for you and whether you are living your best life.
In doing so, many people realise they are not. At this point, they decide to adopt a ‘new year, new me’ mentality when January 1st comes around.
If this is something you find yourself doing, here are 7 ways to level up your life for 2023.
Choosing a Goal for Personal Growth
Most of us lead very busy lives, so it is important to choose goals for 2023 that will propel you forward in a way that is achievable and not overwhelming.
So, rather than just focusing on hobbies, projects and accomplishments, why not start off by concentrating on your life?
Trying new things and setting new goals can be difficult at the best of times, and we all strive for more freedom and time for ourselves and our families.
But how can we achieve this?
The best way to do this is to set some goals for personal growth. This could relate to your health, appearance, social life, creativity, spirituality, intellect or individualism.
Doing this will allow you to make healthier lifestyle choices every day. Which in turn will mean that by the end of 2023, you will have a stronger, well-nourished body and a more enriched mind.
Outlined below is how you can make it happen.
It is always good to focus on your health, and there are several ways you can do it.
One of the best ways is to commit to regular exercise two or three times a week. This could be a 45-minute walk after dinner or a 30-minute run after work. It could even be 10 minutes of stretching when you first wake up in the morning or 20 minutes of strength training during your lunch hour. Basically, anything that gets your heart rate going.
Other areas of health to focus on include quitting smoking, reducing your portion size and eating good quality food, getting a better quality of sleep and taking steps to enhance your mental health.
All of which will eventually make a massive impact on your state of mental and physical wellbeing.
We might have something about our appearance that we would like to be different.
For some people, it’s a slimmer body, while for others, it’s better hair. Then there are those who want straighter teeth, fewer wrinkles or smoother skin.
Whatever it is about yourself you want to enhance, why not take steps to do it?
Go on a diet and exercise more. Make an appointment with a stylist to reinvent your look. Seek help from a dentist to create an attractive smile. Perhaps consider this treatment of dermal fillers. Or adopt a comprehensive beauty routine.
By taking these steps, you will start to feel a lot better about yourself.
We all need good social lives. Not only do they provide us with a break from our jobs and the routine of daily home life, but they also give us great memories with people we care about and a good way to relax.
If you find your social life has taken a back seat recently, take the time to connect with old friends that you haven’t talked to in ages. This could be done both in person or online.
Focus too on making new friends by taking up new hobbies or interests and joining social groups where you can meet like-minded people.
Growing and spending time with your circle of friends and family within a social setting will have a massive positive effect on your everyday life.
If you are up to it, aim to go out at least once a week and once at the weekend. Should you do this, you’ll find your outlook on life will completely change.
The American author Elizabeth Gilbert famously said ‘a creative life is an amplified life’, and it’s hard to argue against that.
Being creative can make a world of difference to how you view your life as it can give you a purpose or, at the very least, stimulate your brain.
What you create is up to you. It could be something leisurely like painting or drawing or an activity like learning graphic design or blogging, which can also enhance your skill set at work.
Whatever you decide to do, there is a huge sense of satisfaction to be gained from bringing a creative concept to fruition. So why not let those innovative juices flow?
For some people, as they get older, finding a way to connect with their spiritual side puts them on the road to inner peace.
This could take the form of positive affirmations, meditation, crystals, manifesting or mindfulness. Essentially anything that assists them to nurture their spiritual wellness.
It doesn’t matter what our responsibilities to others are, we all need to put ourselves first occasionally. After all, how can we be expected to provide strength and support to other people in their time of need, if we haven’t taken the time to sort ourselves out first?
Try to take a moment each day to fill your cup in whatever way works for you. As this has a major impact on your soul’s happiness which directly translates into your everyday life.
Remember, doing something for yourself that makes you happy isn’t selfish. It is a necessity.
So take the time to fill yourself with genuine joy.
Education and learning new things do not finish with graduating university and getting a job. You can learn something new every day for the rest of your life. In fact it is something you should challenge yourself to do!
People who are informed make better decisions since most things in your life are due to a choice you have made. It follows then that you can create a better life for yourself by simply making better choices.
Take the time to read different genres of books, learn a new language, go to a theatre production or visit a museum or an art gallery.
All of these create new pathways of information to your brain. Thus, filling you with an abundance of cerebral development and knowledge.
There are so many decisions we make each day, but few of them inspire us to be genuinely excited. Putting serious energy into every moment and each opportunity will help navigate your decisions to stay true to what makes you feel awesome.
Sometimes our own insecurities restrict us, like comparing others to ourselves. But if you shift these thoughts to recognising your own abilities, you will be taking clear steps towards leading the life you want.
Personal life goals are ones that positively affect your life and they are specific for you individually. So, don’t worry about what others are doing or achieving. Just focus on what is appropriate and beneficial for you.
In 2023, make sure you do more of the stuff you love doing, as this will feel like you’re adding extra layers of wonderfulness to your life.
Spend more time each week with your partner. Go on a weekly date night to keep your relationship cherished, fun and healthy.
Also, make sure you travel. Just get in the car and drive somewhere or jump on a train or plane to a destination of your choice. Life is short. So make the time to enjoy a quick overnight getaway, or a longer holiday away whilst you are able to.
Going somewhere different to your hometown creates space in your mind. It also gives you a sense of relaxation and mental stimulation, and provides a refresh from your day-to-day work and family commitments.
If you are approaching 2023 with a ‘new year, new me’ attitude we hope these 7 steps to level up your life have given you plenty of food for thought.
At the end of the day, there is a lot to be said for living each day on a journey of self-development and discovery.
By taking the time to create and set goals for your own self-enhancement, you will be well and truly setting yourself up for a much happier mind, body and soul.