New Year, New Outlook

by Lauren Parker

 

With the new year upon us and 2014 in the rearview, many of us find ourselves at a point of reflection and anticipation. You may find yourself reflecting on the successes or disappointments of the last year and anticipating what the year ahead will bring. The beauty of the new year is that it is, well, new—a clean slate is waiting for you to place your mark. So what will your mark be this year?

As you begin the year, the best place to start is in gratitude. Take a moment to think of all you have going for you. Your list may be short or long, but starting at a place of gratitude will help you move forward in a positive direction. Don’t allow the challenges you may face to overshadow the wonderful parts of your life.

Once you’ve started on a positive note, keep it going by actively dismissing negative thoughts. As you think about the new year, don’t let your past dictate your future. Just because something didn’t work out in 2014 doesn’t mean that it can’t and won’t work in 2015. When you find yourself thinking of failure and despair, try turning your focus to success and joy. Research has shown that a positive mentality leads to creativity, action, and greater success. Turn off the negative thoughts and find yourself achieving your goals.

In the same vein, take stock of the negative habits you have that are standing in the way of success and work to change them. Step back and try to think about your actions in a neutral manner. Once you’ve figured out those destructive habits, think about ways you can override them. The more you address and overcome these habits, the more successful you will become.

Finally, consider who you are and who you want to be. Taking stock of self-image is a challenging but important exercise.  One of the greatest challenges to this exercise is leaving our biases behind. Our perception of who we are is often entirely false. We may have an ego that leads us to believe we are greater than we are, but that is not commonly the case. Most people are hard on themselves, and their thoughts, and subsequently their actions, follow suit. For instance, if you think, “I won’t be able to work my full-time job and earn my degree,” you might subconsciously act in a manner that follows this idea. Don’t judge yourself negatively as you move into the new year. Learn from what you did and who you were in the past, but don’t use the past as a measure for self-judgment going forward.

In the end, the only limit to your success in 2015 is you. If you can set aside any disappointments you carry with you and focus on your desire and your dreams this year, you can accomplish big things. Let 2015 be the year you find success!

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“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.” –Robert Kiyosaki

 

About the Author: Lauren Parker

Article reprinted with permission. Source: http://www.collegenetwork.com/blog/new-year-new-outlook-out-with-the-negative-in-with-the-positive

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