Life can be many things, good, bad, and everything in between. We cruise along for a period of time while enjoying the fruits of our labor and the wonderful things around us. Then something happens to change the course of happiness and new challenges arise.
Yet another setback has befallen us and we’re left once again to wonder why. Why must we start again and look for another fresh start in life?
It could be a setback in our careers, a family situation or even the loss of someone near and dear. It could also be that a long followed routine has run it’s course and there now exists a desperate need for change because things have just not worked out as expected.
A fresh start in life, something new and different is what we want at this point. Hey, we all need to reinvent parts of our lives from time to time.
How we arrived at this point is not as important as how we move forward. There are certain things that we must do to insure that we move on to the next phase of our life, not with broken hopes and dreams but with a positive outlook.
To make a fresh start in life we first have to get into the proper mindset. This will be easier for some than others but doable for all. Below I’ve listed a few tips to help with the transition.
1. Leave the Past Behind
It is always difficult to move forward while looking back. Accept all of the past failures and defeats and prepare to move on. You already know how you arrived at this point in your life; concentrate on how to create the future.
It could be that what you were doing in the past was the right thing to do, but is no longer valid. Things change and life gets stale so you must adjust to those changes.
Creating the fresh start must be the new focus in order to recover from past events and circumstances. He or she that best makes these transitions are the ones that always seem to find success and happiness. Don’t feel bad, feel relieved, you have a new opportunity before you.
2. Make the Commitment
From this point forward, it’s all about commitment. Make a full commitment to implement some new routines and create new habits. Think this through, develop a plan and write everything down. Be certain to review and take action on your plan daily, avoiding many of the things that have failed you in the past as much as possible.
3. Know What You Really Want
Often we think we know what we want out of life, but it has to be defined beyond “being comfortable and debt-free” or something along those lines. Our goals should serve as the map to get us exactly where we want to go, then all we have to do is stick with it to the very end.
4. Forget About Perfection
There are times when we just try too hard to get it right in our quest for perfection. Forget about it. As a member of the human race, there is little if any true perfection and you’ll be chasing the near unachievable. Simply try to be better than most others by putting in the extra effort without getting bogged down in pursuit of making things perfect.
5. Become an Early Riser
There is no better time to get your day started and begin the process of working toward your goals than early in the morning. It’s an energetic and peaceful time which provides an opportunity to create a morning routine that sets the tone for the remainder of the day. Becoming an early riser has many benefits.
6. Get Rid of the Negativity in Your Life
Are there things in your life that are dragging you down?
Get rid of negativity, it’s a downer and serves you no good purpose. This can be tough but it is absolutely necessary. A fresh start is not about taking along the same things or people that may have contributed to past failures or unhappiness.
7. Do More by Doing Less
I saw that look on your face when you read this one.
It’s simple, do more of what really produces good results for you and less of what doesn’t. Using this balancing technique will eventually eliminate the things that have a poor return on your invested time. This ties in nicely with #6 above.
Hate those outings with some of the negative “friends” from times past? Do less and less of them. Spend that time doing something more meaningful to your life.
8. Make It Fun
Creating a fresh start, new habits and charting a new course for your future will be lots of work and requires a ton of discipline. But injecting fun into the equation removes much of the sweat equity you’ll have to expend.
Analyze your situation and determine how you can make it fun while working hard to make your goals a reality.
Creating a fresh start in life can be a good thing and should not be viewed as the worst of situations, but rather, an opportunity to improve. We need a fresh start at times, a sort of mental cleansing that provides a much needed boost to our outlook on life.
Why stay in a situation that is just not working to your advantage? Take action and seize the moment, it’s your life after all.
I could list a couple dozen more ways to get a fresh start on life, but I want to hear from you.
What would you add to the list?
You can share your thoughts in the comments below.