New Year, BETTER Me!

"New year, new me!" I am extremely tired of seeing this line all over social media EVERY YEAR! How about we kill that phrase for 2016, eh? This upcoming year, I challenge everyone to take a different approach; new year, BETTER me. You do not have to become an entirely different person in order to better your life. You simply just need to improve different aspects of your life.

For example, you may be impatient or arrogant. Instead of having the mindset that you need to completely become a "new person," just take small steps to improve the things that you need to work on. You can't expect to be one person on December 31st and magically become a "new you" on January 1st. It takes time to become the person that you want to be in life. It may take a year or even ten years to accomplish all of the changes that you would like to make. That may be hard to take in, but if you just work on being better than you were the day before, then it will be easier to accept. 

Another important thing to remember is that changing the person that you are for the better requires you to first love the person that you are now. Many people only say "new year, new me" because there are things that they do not like about their life. What people fail to realize is that you will not successfully become a better you without fully accepting the current you; flaws and all. It is hard, but you have to say to yourself, "I love me. I love my impatient, arrogant, stubborn self (insert your own characteristics). I just want to better myself so that I can love myself even more." Self-love is the key to growth. 

Don't stress yourself out in 2016 by trying to become an entirely different person. Just make small steps each day to better who you are and I guarantee you will begin to see yourself transform into the person you were destined to be! 

-m.