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We know that 2018 is approaching and so are New Year’s Resolutions. We also know that most of these resolutions will only be taken seriously for the first couple of weeks until they are swiftly moved aside.

Many of us tend to only look into the future with the mindset of changing ourselves. We think that a fresh start will help us acquire new habits and form a better attitude. In doing so, we leave no room for the possibility that the past year might have taught us a thing or two, as well. It’s like we’ve conditioned our brains into thinking, “Well, this year was a no-good, hopefully, next year I’ll do better.”

Yes, resolutions are important, but before you make them, it’s more important to first evaluate how far you’ve come and exactly where you stand. To reach a destination, you need a starting point.

Like most people, you might also want to live a life full of purpose or be remembered for a positive change and have a legacy follow after you.

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In the last phase of their life, every person feels remorse, wishing they had done something a little more differently. Social expectations, circumstances, and ignorance, though, make most of us hold back from realizing our full potential in making our dreams come true. We drift from our intended path into an artificial one. One that was created for us. We fail to make the difference that we set out for because either we ourself or other people restrict us from growing into the best version of ourselves.

Growth doesn’t only depend upon making goals and achieving them. It also depends on the measurement of progress in relation with time. You have to make sure it stays constant as you set and conquer new milestones in life. Positive Psychology suggests that an individual’s prosperity depends upon five pathways. This New Year’s, we bring you five questions that will help you reflect comprehensively on your progress during 2017.  So take some time out of the holiday’s festive chaos and make it worthwhile by thoughtfully answering them.

1. On a scale of 1-10, where does your positivity lie?

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Are you satisfied with your life? What are you grateful for? Is there anything that you might not be grateful for? How do you react to difficult people or situations? Once you answer these, think about ways you can increase your gratitude. To avoid reliving your experiences, first of all, you need to first change the way you think.

2. How engrossed are you in your own life?

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Most of the time, we find ourselves poking into other people’s business. This usually leads to a comparison between their lives and ours. Ask yourself if you’re thinking more about your own path or someone else’s. Are your habits nourishing? Will they benefit you in the future? Are your actions self-negating in any way? And are they bringing harm to others?

3. How healthy are your relationships?

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Are you happy with the people that surround you? Do they treat you kindly? And do you treat them kindly? Do they support you enough to be not afraid of constructive criticism for your betterment? An individual’s personality can be judged by the combined personalities of their five best friends; therefore, widen your network to include people who you genuinely appreciate. Let go of those that are toxic or hinder your growth.

4. Do you live for a purpose?

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Have you found the purpose of your life, yet? If not, are you still looking for it? A journey is meaningless without a purpose. Go beyond any restraints that stop you from realizing it. You don’t want to end up wandering aimlessly through life.

5. How comfortable are you with being uncomfortable?

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How far are you willing to go? Are you complaining about difficulties? Is it justified? How much effort are you putting into making any accomplishments? Have you stretched yourself to your utmost potential? Rate your satisfaction with yourself. You will be surprised by how much it’ll motivate you.

Once you’ve introspected completely, think about how you want to answer these questions at the end of 2018. Focus on what you want to change and plan on how you’ll do it. When you’ve made a ladder for yourself to climb, don’t give up. Stay determined and step-by-step, rise higher. Change doesn’t just happen – it is made to happen.

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