The start of a new year is a time to reflect. It is a time to think about what we have managed to achieve so far, and where we want to be in the future. To consider what’s important to us, and what would we prefer to leave in the past? We only get one life, so let’s live it and be the very best version of ourselves! Want to excel in work and life in 2022 and beyond? Here are a few ideas to think about.
Evaluate your goals and create a 1/5/10 year plan
It’s so easy to fall into a rut in any area of your life, from health to love, to career, travel and so much more. So setting goals and creating bucket lists are two great ways to ensure that you’re on track and are where you want to be both now and in the future. It can help give you ideas of things you want to do and look inside of yourself to work out what’s important to you. Of course, things change, and your goals may shift and evolve over time as life develops- but it’s always useful to have that reference point. If you feel that you’re becoming stale or stagnant in work or life you can look back over your goals and figure out where your next move should be, based on where you are now. It’s the start of a new year, so the perfect time to set some goals if you haven’t already. Have a think about where you want to be in one year, five years and ten years. Consider what your big life goals are, and then what the smaller steps you’ll need to take will be. Breaking it down in this way makes things much more manageable and stops your big goals from feeling impossible.
Improve your self esteem through healthy changes
The way you look has a huge impact on the way that you feel. As a fantastic employee or business owner, it might be your mind that’s your biggest asset but smartening up your appearance will be no bad thing. Whether you need to be well presented to meet the expectation of clients, or just want to give your self-esteem a boost, improving your look is something that’s within your control. Focus on health first; a healthy diet and exercise will reflect in your physique, hair and skin. Visiting the dentist for endodontics or orthodontic work can rectify any dental issues you might have been dealing with for years such as crooked, missing or chipped teeth. Even going to the hairdresser for a fresh new cut and colour might be something you’ve not done in a long time. As we age, the colour and style we once wore may no longer be flattering so it’s something to think about. Finish up with a smart new work wardrobe and you’ll feel much more confident and ready to take your career by the horns. You might even make bold new strides into gaining a promotion, finding a better paid position or switching careers completely if this has been something you’ve been thinking about! The way you look isn’t the be all and end all but making changes here could be the catalyst you need to take that next step forward in other areas of your life, including your job.
Make your mental health a priority
Everything you do starts with your mind. Achieving in any area of work or life is going to be an uphill battle if you’re also struggling with your mental health. Put yourself first, seek help if you’re already struggling by speaking to your General Practitioner (GP) or a therapist. Otherwise, take steps to protect your mental health. You can do this by finding healthy ways to unwind when you’re stressed and having boundaries in place when it comes to work so that you’re preventing burnout. Lowering stress levels will lead to better sleep, improved mood and a sense that you can achieve whatever you want. So always make this a priority, and everything else you want to do will naturally follow.
What will you be doing to improve health, wealth and everything in between this year?