What kind of person do I want to be?

It’s a new year, a new decade and a new start. No matter how cliché New Year resolutions are, I think they’re pretty essential for growth. Fresh starts can be beneficial for all.

Every person on this planet has the opportunity to make 2020 an amazing year. It’s all about our mindset. I want to be a better version of myself this year, and every year for the rest of my life.

I want to be grateful. Life is so beautiful when we take time to step back and watch our blessings flow together. Gratitude comes from within, and it starts with appreciating how much is going right in our lives, rather than what isn’t.

Dwelling on hurt isn’t going to stop the hurt, it’s just going to prolong it. Gratitude strengths us for the road ahead.

Here’s my challenge for being grateful. Every morning write down one thing you are grateful for. Whether that’s in a journal, on a sticky note, or on your phone. At the end of the year, go back and look at the 365 things that you are grateful for.

I want to be intentional. Intentional about who I am, how I treat others, and what I invest time in. Intentionality is one of the strongest expressions of love. When we are intentional, there isn’t any room for confusion.

The beauty in intentionality is that it brings improvement. This doesn’t even necessarily have to be an attitude change. When we are intentional about studying, grades improve. When we are intentional about going to bed at a certain time, sleep habits improve.

Here’s my challenge for being intentional. Pick one friend this week and ask them how you can pray for them as they go through their week. Every day check on them and see if there’s any way you can be there for them.

I want to be joyful. I chose the word joy over happiness because I believe that true happiness produces joy. When we are full of joy, we are a lot less likely to let little things bother us.

This year, I want to be joyful in everything I do. This also includes helping others be joyful. Nothing good comes out of stealing someone else’s joy, so let’s try and be intentional about our attitudes.

Here’s my challenge for being joyful. Any time a thought pops into your head that has the potential to steal your joy, replace it with your happiest memory.

I want to be confident. Confidence is so radiant. It isn’t always easy, and self-worth is an issue for more people than we realize; but having confidence is beautiful.

For this one, I like to remind myself that I was made in God’s image. The fact that the creator of life itself wanted to create me is a confidence booster in itself.

Here’s my challenge for being confident. Write out 10 things you like about yourself. If it helps, write them on your mirror so that you’re reminded of them every time you look at yourself. Keep that mindset, always.

I want to be vulnerable. This one is so important to me. Feelings are good and managing feelings is important. If there’s anything I want people to take away from this, it’s that it’s okay to be vulnerable.

I would like to think that there is someone out there who’s just waiting for a sign that they aren’t alone in their struggles. You aren’t alone, I promise.

Here’s my challenge for vulnerability. If you’re going through something that seems overwhelming, or painful, etc., talk to someone about it. We are social creatures who weren’t created to go through this life alone.

I want to be selfless. Something that I really struggle with is selfishness, if we’re being honest. It’s so much easier to fend for yourself. The thing is, just because that’s easier doesn’t make it right.

I want to put others before myself and help in any way that I can. We can’t go through life only vouching for ourselves. That’s essentially setting us up for a life of loneliness, because no relationship can be held down if it’s centered around selfishness.

Here’s my challenge for being selfness. Put someone before yourself. Start something new with the intention of helping someone else benefit. Seeing growth in others is absolutely beautiful.

Lastly, this year, I want to be unafraid. Fear hinders growth, and it should never overpower our faith. Be unafraid. Be unafraid to take leaps.

I was so scared to start this blog. I thought I would be ridiculed and judged. It has turned out to be one of the things I’m most grateful for in life. Fear is for weenies, and in 2020, we are not weenies.

My challenge for being unafraid: take a deep breath and suck it UP. Even if your hands are shaking, walk through that door with your head held high like you own the place.

2020 is going to be that year. What kind of person do you want to be?

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