You’ve enjoyed the year-end parties with your friends and colleagues, got yourself bloated with fancy food, made new holiday memories with the ones you hold near and dear, and then, in your alone time, you find yourself asking, “Now what?”
Nothing will be accomplished if you’ll just wait for life to reveal what it has in store for you. Go grab the New Year by the balls by setting up new and meaningful goals achieving which will make your 2018 not just exciting but outstanding and legendary.
Here are eight ideas worth considering:
1. Be at the top of your game.
If you’re painfully shy, sign up for personality development classes. Brace yourself for the amazing things coming out of your shell will bring you.
If you love writing, make it your goal this year to get your first article published.
If you’re passionate about digital arts, score an internship or employment in a brutally creative multimedia agency that can push you to be at the top of your game.
2. Be badass enough to do something new or different.
Learn how to surf in Baler or Siargao.
If you want to know the reason why your friends spend too much time playing online games, ask them to get you into it – Mobile Legends is a good start.
Join an anime convention dressed up as your favorite character. Don’t be shy.
Railroad your squad into watching an art film in a microcinema.
If you have a favorite indie band, there’s nothing like seeing them perform live!
3. Find what your heart looks for.
If spiritual dryness has brought you feelings of emptiness, there’s always a community that will welcome you and help you build a stronger spiritual life.
If a family member or a friend disappeared from your life in the past, create a search plan, keep at it and don’t get discouraged by the bumps along the way. Think of the many stories to be exchanged when you finally get to see them again and restart your relationship with them.
If helping humanity makes your heart sing, choose a charitable institution where you can commit to doing regular volunteer work.
4. See more of your own country.
Travel is essential to your becoming a well-rounded human being. From time to time, you need to escape from the mind-numbing routine of your everyday life to give your mind the reboot that it deserves. Aside from enabling you to support local economies, traveling also broadens your perspective by seeing and experiencing first-hand how other people live outside your own bubble. Fulfilling your travel goals gives you a sense of accomplishment. Plus, you become less of a stranger to your own country.
5. Eliminate a bad habit.
If you’ve been offending people around you with your abrasive ways, talk to those very people on how you can improve your relationship with them or better yet, book sessions with a good therapist (or have a drink with a wise friend) who can help you transform from being unbearable to super likeable.
6. Develop a good habit that sticks.
Develop habits that improve your health and make you a useful member of the society.
If you deal with stress by over-eating, smoking or drinking, replace these habits with healthy stress busters like exercising, playing music instruments or taking long walks.
If it’s your hobby to trade spiteful words with trolls on social media, take the high road by starting and encouraging civil and intelligent discussions.
7. Cut toxic people out of your life.
Keep stress at bay by staying away from narcissists – people who are too self-important and self-absorbed and don’t care about other people’s feelings or welfare.
Cut ties with those who try to involve you in their despicable habits like drugs, gambling or swindling.
Unfriend those who borrow money from you but don’t intend to pay you back.
Don’t be an enabler of abuse.
8. Join a movement you truly believe in.
The #MeToo movement has exposed and brought down creeps who, for years, have been getting away with their sexual offences. You, too, can take an active part in a movement that contributes to societal progress. It could be the movement for the protection of women and children, the HIV/AIDs awareness movement, or the fight against the normalization of lying and the proliferation of fake news.