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6 Steps to Help You Start the New Year on a Positive Note

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There is no greater joy than transitioning into a new year on a positive note, knowing better things lie ahead to keep you positive all-year long.

A new year is fast approaching and like everything new, ringing in the upcoming year requires a careful approach complete with new strategies.

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Following these six steps would help you start the year on a good note, become a better you, and live through 2022 like you had it all planned out. Cos you did.

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1. Turn Negative Thoughts Around

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A great way for kicking off the new year on a positive note is learning to turn negative thoughts into positive ones. The reason behind this is not far-fetched.

Humans naturally tend to be repelled by negative people as they not only prove to be mentally draining, they also feed off the other person’s positive energy, leaving them feeling down.

The same principle applies to negative thoughts. Hence, to ensure you always remain positive throughout the new year, it is important to learn how to steer clear of those mentally-draining thoughts, and replace them with positive ones.

The benefits of doing so can’t be overstressed. From making everything seem less difficult, to feeling less anxious, knowing the good would always come. So go for it, and begin seeing the glass as half-filled in 2022.

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2. Learn To Ignore Other People’s Thoughts

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What the next man thinks about you could adversely affect other people’s opinion of you, especially when they keep spreading it. However, does it really change who you are in the long run?

If your answer to that was no, then you have accurately figured out why other people’s thoughts should be the least of your worries.

Therefore, an important step to becoming a better person this new year is learning to ignore what others think, and just do you at all times. And if you are unsure of who you are at this point, just strive to keep doing whatever makes you happy, and the rest would fall in place.

3. Create A Not-To-Do List

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Everyone creates a to-do list, so much that it has become a permanent fixture on the average person’s refrigerator, phone screens, or bedside. It isn’t rocket science to figure out the practice is widespread because it works all the time!

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Likewise, creating a not-to-do list in 2022 might just be the push you need to keep you focused on your goals this year, leaving no room for deviation.

4. Write Down Your Goals

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Setting goals and writing them down works just like a to-do list. However, in this case, the list focuses on a more long-term benefit that brings one a step closer to hitting certain targets in life and achieving their dreams.

That said, an important phase in transitioning into the new year is setting goals for yourself. These goals should align with one’s intended direction in life and gear towards achieving a positive aim.

Writing down those goals on paper could help hold you accountable, make it easier to strike each one out after successfully achieving it, and leave you looking forward to striking out the next one. It works!

5. Make A New Year Resolution

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Making new year resolutions is a common tradition everyone practices in some way. It could be as simple as deciding to get a new haircut or as complicated as quitting an addiction.

The common enumeration is that the endpoint of these resolutions is to introduce something new into the person’s life that would make them better.

Notably, people tend to make the same set of resolutions each year, without actually sticking to them. This could be a result of setting unrealistic resolutions or not having a means of holding themselves accountable.

Hence, it is important to stick to a few new year resolutions, (the fewer the better,) and think them out carefully before adding them to the list.

6. Reach Out To Old Friends and Family

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Whether you chose to do this at the end of the previous year, or the start of the new one, reconnecting with old friends and family members at least once a year is a key to building and maintaining relationships.

However, kicking off the new year by doing that would give you a reason to reach out, and ensure you remain in each other’s hearts all year round.

Plus you stand a lesser chance of being accused of calling out of the blues when you actually need a favor.

Finally, giving yourself some alone time to meditate, think things out, appreciate every good thing the previous year offered, and be thankful for the lovely people in your life as you usher in the new year would guaranty you a fulfilled transition.

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