Seven Steps towards a More Meaningful Year (or LIFE!)

A New Year often begins with high hopes and bold resolutions. This will be the year when everything is going to change, we tell ourselves. Yet within weeks (days!) it’s over; we’ve failed yet again.

New Year’s resolutions are not the problem. It is that this brand new year still involves the same old you and me, with all our quirks and flaws. If you really want meaningful change in your life, you will need to move beyond wishful thinking to make choices that lead towards lasting transformation.

Here are seven steps you can take towards a more meaningful year:

Process Your Past
Your mother’s drinking problem. The love that got away. The friend that betrayed you. Your divorce. Time may have moved you on physically, but did you ever give yourself a chance to get past your past? Our hurts can form habits and hang-ups are difficult to break away from.

Furthermore, past difficulties can leave an imprint on our sense of worth and value. And since we never rise above what we believe about ourselves, the past dictates our present and determines our future. This year, begin to process your past and give yourself a new future. Get help. Speak with a friend, or see a qualified therapist. It’s not too late.

Review Your Relationships
There’s an African Proverb that says; “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We’re designed for meaningful relationships, and our lives are