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7 Steps to Start the New Year off on a Positive Note

7 Steps to Start the New Year off on a Positive Note

Happy New Year! 2019 is here, and with it comes a whole new world of possibilities. What will you accomplish in 2019? How will you grow? Who will come into your life? The next 365 days lie before us, a completely blank page ready to be written on. 

Because January marks new beginnings, it can also influence the rest of 2019, which means the beginning of the year can affect the end of the year. And of course, you want 2019 to be a great year! If you want to start the new year off on a positive note, check out these seven steps to keep in mind as we dive into 2019.

1. Reflect on 2018. 
The first step in starting your new year off right is reflecting on what went right (or wrong) in the previous year. Take some time to reflect on 2018 and evaluate everything you liked, loved or hated. What did you do well? What could you have done differently? Take notes so you can thoroughly examine the previous year.

2. Set achievable goals. 
Once you have 2018 in mind, it’s time to move forward into 2019. What do you want the end of 2019 to look like? Get a vision for the future, and then work your way backward to set goals for the year. But, make sure these goals are actually achievable, not just impossible dreams that will leave you feeling unaccomplished.

3. Use forward-thinking language. 
How you use words can influence your attitude. Be sure to use forward-thinking language throughout your everyday life, but particularly when goal-setting. For instance, instead of “lose weight” a goal could be “exercise three times per week.”

4. Avoid negative influences. 
This year, take proactive steps to avoid negative influences which can lead you toward unhealthy or even sinful behavior. 

5. Incorporate good habits. 
Oftentimes, little steps which seem simple can actually have a favorable impact on our lives. For instance, take time every morning to relax and read the Bible with a cup of coffee. Journal about the blessings you experienced the previous day. By incorporating small, favorable habits throughout the day, you will feel more encouraged and optimistic.

6. Ask for help.
Avoid trying to handle everything on your own. This independent, “let me handle it” mindset often leads to frustration or defeat. Instead, start the new year off on an upbeat note by intentionally asking for help when you need it. Not only will it take stress off, but you will have a much better chance of accomplishing your goals.

7. Give back to others.
Ultimately, one of the best ways to maintain an upbeat attitude throughout the new year is by giving back to others. Numerous studies and research have shown that volunteering and donating actually have extremely positive effects on the giver, not just the receiver. So if you want to have a fulfilling year in 2019, consider how you can give to those in need in your community.

With the new year comes a whole new world of possibilities for things to do, say or accomplish. Consider these seven steps to incorporating desirable change into your 2019.

© 2019 Biblical Marriage Institute