Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to Turn Your Year Around

The other day I saw someone post about how they've just seemed to have a bad year so far. That made me so sad because no one should have to struggle through a whole year. While there are some big things that could happen to ruin your year (set backs, financial troubles, deaths, health issues, etc), I truly do believe that we can control our happiness, attitudes, and how we react to bad things that are out of our control.

While this post is titled "How to Turn Your Year Around" these tips work to help you turn your day, week, or month around, too. So let's get started and work on turning things around!

How to Turn Your Year Around from Courtney's Little Things

Let go of the past.

"Don't let the darkness from your past block the light of joy in your present. What happened is done. Stop giving time to things which no longer exist, when there is so much joy to be found here and now."
- Karen Salmansohn

It's hard to turn things around if you're still focused on what went wrong yesterday or last month. Let go of the past and focus on the present. You can't do anything to change or control what happened in the past. If you start to make a few changes now, you can make things better in the present moment and in the future.

Adopt a positive mindset.

"You may not be able to control every situation and outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it."

"Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure."

Attitude makes such a huge difference. In the moment you might struggle with being positive, but in the long run it will make you so much happier and really turn things around for you. You can't always control what happens in life, but you can control your attitude and your reaction. You can either let a mishap ruin your entire day and have a negative attitude about it, or you can deal with the situation with a positive attitude and focus on the good things that do happen throughout the day.

Accept the things you cannot change.

"Once you've mastered the art of accepting things for what they are, life gets easier."

This is something that is hard for people like me who like to be in control, but there are simply things in life that you can't control. You can't change how people behave or what they think, illnesses, the annoying tasks you get assigned to do, whether that company hires you, and all sorts of other dilemmas. But instead of fighting it, we can just accept these things and move on. It really does make life so much easier.

Take control of what you can change.

"Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't."
- Steve Maraboli

While there are some things we can't change, there are other things that we can change. So identify what you can change in your life -  your attitude, who you choose to spend time with, what you do with your time. I know it's not always true because there are other factors involved, but you probably have some control over where you live and where you work. You can always make plans to move when your lease is up or start looking for work elsewhere, if those are things that are making you unhappy and want to change. 

You have the power to make this life whatever you want it to be. If you want your life to be more creative, create more. Take a class or workshop for your creative outlet. Meet with other creative people. If you want to simplify your life, start saying no to things you're not really interested in doing. Scale down how much you own. Only say yes to the things you really want in life. You can do anything you put your mind to!

Live with intention.

"That was the day she made herself the promise to live more out of intention and less from habit."

Instead of just going through the motions of life, be intentional. Being intentional just means to plan or do something for a reason. It means you have a purpose or a goal for what you're doing - you're not just doing things because it's a habit or it's what you're expected to do.

To start living more out of intention, really think about what you're doing and why. Be intentional with when you wake up and when you go to bed. Be intentional with your routines and daily habits. Be intentional about how you spend your free time and who you spend it with. 

Are you going to use any of these tips to help turn your year around? Have any of these tips helped you turn things around before?