7 Things to Let Go of Before 2016

Written byEmily GuterresEdited byShanice Atkins-Broome

The New Year is slowly approaching and with the holiday season already upon us, many of us are reevaluating life choices.

Some are reflecting on goals achieved or mistakes made. But why wait for the New Year when we can start making changes now?

Here are 7 things to let go of before 2016:

1. Let go of your comfort zone. 

The truest forms of self-actualization occur out of the richness we experience. Opportunities and life opens up in so many remarkable ways when we allow ourselves to face our fears and trade in our every day comforts for a life that we may have always desired.

2. Let go of your opinions of everyone’s life. 

Nobody has a perfect life. Although, we all like to make it seem like we do. Social media shows everyone’s filtered life, blissful accounts of flawless friendships and relationships. In this digital era, where comparing yourself to others has never been easier, it’s important to remember people are easily capable of curating and painting false pictures of their life. Those girls or guys we compare ourselves too are capable of doing the exact same thing.

  1. Let go of waiting.

It’s often easy to get carried away with the infatuation of waiting. Waiting for things can become almost familiar. Waiting for someone to ask you out, waiting for the promotion at work, or even waiting for the first text –it’s all easy to do. How about we let go of waiting and make our lives what we want it to be?

We all have potential within us – it’s the adrenaline that makes your heart race, it’s what you think about constantly. If we meet our goals with the same ambition, we cannot fail at making even our craziest dreams a reality.

  1. Let go of trying to change people.

You should treat others with the way you want to be treated. So often we approach situations with an elitists attitude. It’s easy to think their way is the “right” way. Instead of pointing out what’s wrong with someone, maybe we should look at ourselves. We all can do things to improve our self. We could eat better, exercise more or motivate ourselves to find a better career.  Your energy would be better spent on helping yourself become the better person instead of focusing it upon others.

  1. Let go of a love that won’t love you back.

Love is quite possibly the most complex, exciting and addictive feeling. It’s a feeling that can build someone up to be the best version of themselves. Or it can break someone. It’s important to remember the struggles, the thing that caused the relationship to end in the first place.

There is always someone out there for everyone.

There is someone willing to accept your flaws, quirks, and insecurities. These are the breathtaking people that you should be looking for. There are so many people who have the potential to create something “special” with you, someone who drives you and inspires you to be the best version of yourself. Open yourself up to the standard of love you deserve.

  1. Let go of the idea that it’s too late.

It’s truly never too late to change your life. It’s never too late to be the person you always wished you could be or to love the way you wanted to love. We don’t have to be the same person we were a year ago. We don’t have to make the mistakes we did when we were younger. We can seek new opportunities.

We have to believe that we’re never too old to change, to pick up the puzzle pieces and start over.

  1. Let go of thinking you have to it all figured out. 

It seems like everyone’s asking your sister, your parents, your cousins, maybe even your classmates, “What are you planning on doing with you life? Where do you want to be in 5 years from now?” A lot of people don’t know and that’s okay. Take time to discover your passions and what makes you excited.

Start asking yourself, “Why do I want this opportunity? Is it an opportunity to challenge yourself to grow and make the change you want to see in the world?”

You’ll earn a great income doing things you’re passionate about it, even if it’s not obvious at first. The people who are truly successful at what they do are people who love what they do.

Every day is a new day for a fresh start and a chance to make change.