The pressure to come up with New Year’s resolutions and set goals is always at an all-time high at the start of the New Year. As it’s sometimes difficult to come up with resolutions or goals of your own, I am here to help! New year’s resolutions, such as going to the gym and eating healthy, are a little generic and a little overrated, so here are five original ideas you could try to achieve in 2017!
1// Say YES to everything.
No matter how weird or uncomfortable it makes you, in 2017 you say YES to (practically) everything and anything! If a friend asks you to come with them and visit a shady night club – say yes! If a waiter proposes you try the new dish at the restaurant – say yes! If a stranger asks you to take part in a photoshoot for their school project – say yes!
Saying yes no matter how big or small the proposition is, could bring you on an fun adventure that you never expected. Most importantly, it will help you grow and get out of your comfort zone. This doesn’t mean that you should stop thinking things through before you do them, like in the movie ‘Yes man’!
2// Go on a solo adventure – learn to love being by yourself.
Pack your bag , bring all of your essentials and take yourself on a solo adventure! Book a flight or a road trip to a place you have always wanted to go to or roam your city and find cool new places.
Through this, not only will you learn to love being by yourself and become more independent, you will also learn not to rely on anyone else and go out there and accomplish your own goals and dreams.
3// Learn something new!
Apart from the interesting things we learn in IBCoM, set some time aside to learn something cool and fun, completely irrelevant to what you’re studying.
Whether you learn to play the ukulele or how to dance, find an activity that could help you broaden your horizon even more. The internet is filled with endless resources, so if you ever get confused or stuck on ideas, Google is there to help!
4// Find a silver lining to every bad situation!
Life is not a fairytale. Whether you like it or not, some things won’t go the way you expect it or want it to go. This year, if something unplanned happens, after feeling upset and disappointed, try and find a silver lining or a positive point in the situation. Not only will this make you feel less upset more quickly, it will also help you have a more positive perspective on life.
Volunteering is always a good idea! It helps those in need around you and it helps you with your personal development as well. This year, make it your goal to set aside some time to lend a hand and improve someone else is life. The university has many resources, reference points and organizations such as AIESEC, so be sure to make use of them!
P.S. Although I am writing this post in January, setting goals and aspiring to achieve something can be done at any time of the year. New beginnings and setting new goals is under your control and doesn’t have to be determined by the start of a new year, months or week. Make 2017 your year by doing what makes you happy!
Hope you enjoyed this post. See you next time!