The beginning of a new year has arrived, and with it, comes uncertainty and vast potential for change. Stress levels in the United States have risen within the past five years. Approximately 75% of adults in the United States have reported that their stress levels have risen within the last year  (American Psychological Association). These levels of stress have also impacted individual’s mental health, as the World Health Organization reports that “depression is among the leading cause of disability” and “fewer than 25% of those with depression world-wide have access to effective treatments” (World Health Organization, 2019). Viewing your responsibilities as being small stepping-stones towards accomplishing your goals is one way to reduce the ways in which stress impacts your mental fitness. Just by taking the first step and breaking apart large and complex goals into doable actions, help to get you started on the right path towards self-reliance and confidence.

Here are five quotes to help you feel motivated for the New Year and to start with one small stepping stone toward your goals. 

 

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach” – Tony Robbins

For this New Year, toss out resolutions and start creating action plans. Resolutions can often rely on the thought that you “might” get to create change. Creating an action plan with small steps can help to visualize and actualize these goals. Choose an action you would like to see yourself complete and hold yourself to that. However, keep in mind that life creates obstacles that may get in your way of completing your goals, therefore, ensure that you have back-up plans and ways to help jump the hurdles that come your way. In other words, believe in yourself and your capabilities to come up with resolving any obstacle that comes your way!

 

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves” – William Shakespeare

It is essential that we encourage and incite belief within ourselves. Too often, I hear phrases such as “I can not do this” or “This is too hard, I’m going to avoid this”, even if what you are attempting to avoid or view as too challenging can directly impact your goals. This New Year, make an effort to establish trust within yourself. You are the director, producer and screenwriter of your life. Choose to be in charge and believe that you have the tools necessary to succeed, as so long as you give yourself the room to grow and learn. 

 

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year” – Vern McLellan

One thing my mother always told me growing up was to always do for others as you would like to be done for you. While this is true, ensure that you are treating yourself with the same respect and care as you treat others. Understand that just by giving yourself love, acceptance, and patience, you can create immense change. Trust your instincts and create change within yourself by practicing self-reliance. Know that gifts do not always end up on your doorstep by chance. It is not simply enough to acknowledge you would like change to occur this New Year. Give yourself trust this New Year and see how this simple step can ensure self-reliance and improve confidence. 

 

“The beginning is the most important part of the work” – Plato

An important way to approach this New Year is just by simply doing. Waking up in the morning and getting out of bed can be enough for a successful day. It is all dependent upon how you view success. Sometimes, one can feel that even getting out of bed is asking far too much. However, giving yourself the trust, love and patience you deserve to make those first steps is the key to success. Today you may get out of bed, feel great and accomplish your goals you set. Tomorrow, you may feel as if getting out of bed is your only goal. That is okay—give yourself trust to know your boundaries and love yourself regardless. 

 

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step” – Martin Luther King Jr. 

Taking baby steps is sometimes all it takes to succeed. Break apart your goals into smaller goals, set boundaries, allow yourself to be patient—instilling these practices within your life can be all it takes to find success. Attune your goals to consider your feelings, thoughts and abilities each day. Be flexible with yourself and with what you would like to accomplish. Take one step at a time, but just take the first step.

 

Let’s recap:

Ultimately, believe in your effort and your ability to just get started—oftentimes the most difficult step. Create realistic and attainable goals for yourself. Creating these goals and separating them into attainable steps can be accomplished through practice. Mindshine can help—select a goal that you wish to accomplish and allow Mindshine to create realistic steps to work towards each day that bring you one step closer to your desired goal.