4 Habits to Break and New Ones to Adopt for the New Year
New Year, New You — is that your mantra for 2022? Are you proclaiming that this will be your best year yet? The best year yet doesn’t start with all your new year resolutions. It begins with evaluating the habits you’ve carried with you year to year and breaking them one by one. Then, you invite new habits into your space — that will ultimately enhance your personal growth. That’s always the goal.
Let’s look at four habits you need to break and adopt for the new year.
BREAK: PROCRASTINATION. ADOPT: A NEW PERSPECTIVE.
Procrastinating is one of the most common things we all do. It’s an easy way to escape from reality and put off doing something that needs to be done, whether it’s as simple as paying bills or writing a book. Frequently, fear of failure – is at the center. It is like a powerful drug. You can’t stop yourself. Tempted to say, “I’ll get to it later,” you can’t get away with it forever.
Ask yourself, if not now, then when? The longest journey begins with a tiny step – a perspective switch. Access all the excuses you’ve told yourself repeatedly and combat them with reality. If you haven’t started writing that book because “you don’t know how to start,” the reality is there is no perfect way to start. You just have to do it.
BREAK: YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
ADOPT: TRY SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY.
The comfort zone is safe and secure. You know what to expect and how to react. Honestly, the world seems less intimidating in the box or routine you create for yourself. But, there’s no growth in the comfort zone. Imagine a rubber band. In its natural state – it’s comfortable. It’s not until it’s stretched that it’s serving its purpose.
Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new every day. You can start small by cooking a fresh meal or taking a new route to work. Breaking your routine unlocks energy, and creativity, and new opportunities. So, do anything…as long as it’s something new and outside of your comfort zone.
BREAK: NEVER HAVING ME TIME.
ADOPT: BEING SELFISH
& SETTING BOUNDRIES.
People often think of self-care as a luxury, but healthy boundaries are essential for emotional health. We should all aim for a limit to having dedicated “me” time. The days are gone when you give everyone your time, and you don’t have any left for yourself. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You deserve to have some time for yourself, even
if it’s just 5 minutes daily.
When it comes to taking care of yourself, you need to set boundaries and stick to them.
A new year is a perfect time to make some changes. Some people make resolutions to get in shape, and others focus on their mental health, but what about you? Make yours different by breaking old habits and adopting some
that will make you a better version of yourself.
BREAK: LISTENING TO NAY SAYERS.
“You can do anything you want to,” they say. “Your dreams are waiting for you on the other side of this obstacle course we call life.” You may find yourself surrounded by people who support you, your cheerleaders, no matter what. But then there may be one person telling you “how it won’t work” how dumb of an idea it is.”
QEO Insurance Group founder and CEO David Disiere warns, “Negativity will drain your entire being. It’s nothing more than an obstacle on your path to success.” Silence the negativity, and ignore those nay-sayers.
Master the art of self-confidence and believing in yourself. Count everything you’ve accomplished thus far and think you can achieve more. Make your voice louder than theirs. Feed your ears with positive talk and affirmations.