As 2013 winds down, it’s natural to look back on the year that was and examine the progress you’ve made in the past year. Even if you didn’t do everything you set out to do at the beginning of the year, you’ve got another shot. Now is the time to take action if you want to figure out how to improve yourself in 2014. The possibilities are endless, but you’ll have the most success if you have a solid plan and realistic goals.
We’re all supposed to love ourselves as we are, but who doesn’t want to knock off a few pounds? Most people wage their own the battle of the bulge at the start of the year; after all, losing weight is the most common of all New Year’s resolutions. The problem is, most people don’t approach this goal the right way. Either they continue to put it off, or they hit the gym for six hours on January 1 and never go back. Instead of going all-or-nothing, take a measured approach. Go to the gym three times a week and track your calorie intake. If you stick to these two principles, you’ll lose more and you’ll keep it off.
In today’s tough economic climate, saving money is crucial. But you don’t have to wait until 2014 to get started. As you pay your bills to close out 2013, look at where your money is going and where that amount can be adjusted. Identify frivolous expenses you can eliminate, such as expensive cable packages or satellite radio. After the new year starts, call to cancel these services. Also, don’t be shy about renegotiating items like your cell phone bill or your car insurance.
Deepened Faith Commitment
Some of us aren’t able to go to church as often as we’d like. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do outside of the church to enhance your relationship with God. You can join a Bible study group, or even commit to daily study of the scriptures. The best way to deepen your religious commitment, though, is to put these lessons into practice. Volunteer at your local parish, or look for shelters or other places with people in need of assistance. You’ll help others while simultaneously feeling better about yourself and your relationship with the Lord.
Go Back to School
Returning to school may be the best thing you can do for yourself in 2014 because it will positively impact so many areas of your life. You’ll invigorate your mind while putting yourself on the path towards a better professional and financial future. You’ll make new friends and come into contact with people who can unlock your potential in life. Best of all, with others holding you accountable for your success, you’ll improve yourself in 2014 and beyond.