The beginning of a new year, for many of us, marks the opportunity for a new start. Some of us remain committed to doing things differently, others struggle to maintain momentum. New Year’s resolutions are great, and so are setting goals. What’s important to understand is that it takes more than that to make sustainable changes in our life.
If we want to experience different things in our lives, we have to be prepared to do things differently. If we don’t clear out the beliefs and habits that are holding us back from achieving our goals, we’ll continue to receive the same lack of results. In order to make this a new year in the truest sense, we have to create a new version of ourselves as well.
Recreating ourselves can be the scary part though, can’t it? Challenging beliefs that we’ve held for years, if not decades, takes serious commitment. Releasing negative habits and replacing them with those that serve us requires work. Not only are these things going to take time, but we also have to prepare ourselves for the backlash from friends and family who don’t understand why we need to be “different”.
The truth is that if we want to feel like we made major shifts in our lives by the end of the year, we have to be willing to get uncomfortable. We must be ready, willing and able to take risks, to embrace the unknown and to challenge our beliefs about what is possible in all areas of our lives. We have to be prepared for some of the people in our lives to not understand what’s going on and we have to remind ourselves that it’s not their job to get it, it’s ours.
The start of a new year can be the beginning of something amazing. It isn’t going to happen magically. You need to get clear on what you want, believe it’s possible, commit to making it happen and take action daily to bring your dreams to reality. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it!
Let’s do this!!!
Now signing off with the reminder: Don’t wait for the world to recognize your greatness, live it and let the world catch up to you.
You Know That Comfort Zone You Love So Much? Leave It!
Everyone has a comfort zone which is more than just a mere place, a place where we have psychologically and emotionally constructed to offer peace of mind as we go about our daily lives. Being a comfort zone is synonymous to being a place where comfort, safety, and security are guaranteed. It describes a patterned world that exists basically for an individual, comfortable and calm enough to remain free of stress and anxiety to a greater degree. While creating a comfort zone can be ideal for a lot of people, understand that stepping out of your comfort zone is a necessity for growth, transformation, and development.
Yes, stepping out of one’s comfort zone may come with stress and anxiety but if staying calm in your comfort zone forever is what you feel comfortable with, you might be missing out on so many things. You might not be able to experience new things and new challenges. Taking the risk to leave your comfort zone can make a big difference in your life. You may experience difficulty making the change but growing and transformation will definitely be the reward.
The most fearful things about daring oneself to leave one’s comfort zone is the fear of uncertainty and failure, the fear of not knowing how to get there, but the truth is, we all have the ability to overcome hurdles and obstacles, little effort added to our daily routine out of our comfort zone can actually result to a huge success and change our world entirely.
You are missing out on so much when you choose not to step out of your comfort zone. Here are a few benefits when you decide to take that leap of faith and try something new:
Opportunity To Grow
Daring yourself can help you reach the peak of your performance. I’m sure you’ve read that quote where insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. It’s not possible to repeat the same routine on a daily basis and expect to reach a new level of growth in your life. If you want to grow as an individual, taking risks is an important thing.
Learn About Yourself
Everything in life requires risk, for instance, if you want to make new friends, you’ve got to take the risk of starting a conversation by introducing yourself. It is a risk because you can’t be certain that the other party wants to be your friend. The same thing is applicable to work and every other aspect of life. This risk will help you grow, build on your weakness, teach you how to excel through your interests, strengths, passions and show you how capable you are. When you achieve something through the risk you take which you weren’t sure about in the first place, you’ll learn to be more confident and owning that leader within you.
Increase Your Self-Confidence
Taking action to tackle the unknown and uncertainty may boost your self-confidence and break the boundaries and limitation of self-beliefs. Trying and failing is better than not trying at all, by making an attempt, you are building your self-esteem, by taking action, you will realize many things are possible.
Build New Relationships
Meeting new people can actually help your career and personal goals. You’ll learn about new things, be given new perspectives and new ways to challenge your thinking when you put yourself out there in front of new people. This is a different level of growth you’ll receive than when you are constantly with the same set of people.
Keep in mind that good things don’t happen because we wish for them to happen, good things happen as a result of the action we take and our willingness to leave behind our comfort zone to search for a new experience life may have to offer. Where we are today is a result of what we did yesterday and where we will be tomorrow will be determined by the action we take today.
Be great today and always everyone. Believe in yourself, we believe in you.
Keeping Your Mental Health Rock Solid, Even in Hard Times
We process so much with our minds everyday; from which Drake verse are we going to use on our next Instagram post or what career path to venture into that we will be genuinely happy in. Our minds are constantly on an endless wheel, and sometimes (okay most of the time) this can be straight up overwhelming. There is just a lot to deal with; not being able to manage our finances, the end of a close relationship, confusion with figuring out our purpose in life, the list is endless.
This means that at every point in time, we more than likely feel like we are on the verge of breaking down, or even throwing in the towel, if we don’t intentionally take care of our mental space. If things don’t go well in our heads, it can’t go well in our lives either, that’s why your mental health is as important as your physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Deciding to be mentally healthy all the time, is a necessity. It means you are willing to take back control and steer your life in an amazing direction. Here are a few habits that can help a more positive mental health:
One of the ways to expand your mental horizon and enlarge your mental awareness, is by reading. Read books that inform, excite, educate and challenge you. It has been said that reading is therapeutic, and can ensure very healthy brain cells. No matter how busy you are, carve out time to read and feed your mind with books, not just Instagram captions.
Meditating is a way to reach for inner peace; you quiet every noise, sit still and focus your mind on something in particular. One great thing about meditation is that it makes you mentally aware and it awards you with clarity.
Talk About Your Feelings
Like it’s said, a problem shared is a problem half solved. If you have burdensome thoughts or feelings, it’s always better to talk about it with someone who is nonjudgmental that you can trust. Talking about your feelings can take the burden off your shoulders, and clear your mental space. It is a relief to have someone listen to you as you honestly talk about how you feel and what you’re going through.
Whether it’s online, or in a leather-bound diary, writing down your uncensored feelings and thoughts is therapeutic. It’s like emptying your bowels in the toilet, only that this time you are emptying your mental bowels on paper. Basically, GET RID OF THAT Sh!$. Let it off your chest; the anger, the pain, the joy, the progress, let it all out. Holding back in can be a backward pressure that will tear your mental health apart.
Eat Healthy and Exercise
Eating healthy goes hand in hand with exercise. Eating healthy will replenish you with macromolecules you require to be mentally stable. More so, working out releases chemicals that help you feel good. On top of that, it improves blood and oxygen flow to your brain and vital organs, which helps keep you whole and healthy.
Try taking some of these tips into consideration as you work on building a better mental health.
Because love, there’s goals that needs to be accomplished. Let’s keep that mind healthy and ready to go as you get ready to face whatever challenges the day may bring.
OCCUPYING YOUR MINDSET EP.2 | I Hate My Body
Episode 2 of #occupyingyourmindset vlog is up and lawwwddd I can’t believe I’m speaking about this in public. This is a topic I barely even feel comfortable talking to my closest friends about. However, I did promise you all I’ll be using this series to be raw and honest sharing everything I’m going through behind the scenes, right?
Here’s to me making myself extremely vulnerable to you all.
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