Don’t you love the freshness of a new year? You’re given a clean slate and an opportunity to make a fresh start. It’s like life’s way of tricking us into motivation – flip to the next calendar year, and everyone feels rejuvenated by the newness. Sometimes that motivation can lose momentum, but here’s a new year’s resolution you can actually keep: Be your own best friend. The start of the new year is the perfect time to do a self-assessment. After all, you need to know how you can be the “best” best friend to yourself.
Reflect on the positive things in your life, then consider where any negativity comes from. Figure out how to omit the negativity or transform it into something beneficial. Think about your goals and dreams, and make a plan for how you can progress them in 2017. (Remember, you need not worry so much about the end goal, but instead focus on making small steps towards the goal.) Think about you – your attitude and your mindset. If there’s something there you don’t like, make a change.
Being your own best friend means you watch out for you. You rid yourself of negativity or of things that aren’t good for you. Treat your whole self kindly, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Accept responsibility for your own happiness. Do what is good for you, acting in your best interest. Being your own best friend means being your own biggest fan and having confidence that you are more than enough.
As we walk into 2017, we’re metaphorically shedding our skins. We’re shedding the bullshit, negativity and discontentment, allowing us to find and develop our inner best friend – because THAT person is going to make things happen this year.