New Year, New Goals

I've never been one to make a solid commitment to any New Year's resolutions. Most of what I wish to work on or accomplish are overarching things that I've continuously worked on (more diligently at some times than others) and hope to work on for the remainder of my existence! For example, feeding my body the healthy foods that it needs, creating work that I'm proud of, challenging myself to learn new crafts, etc. These have become some of my more "standard" practices.

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This year however, I do want to focus on treating myself with kindness and building more confidence, all of which is part of maintaining a more positive attitude in daily life. In order to hold myself accountable, I plan to begin an "accomplishments jar" that will hold all my achievements, big or small, that I document throughout the year. It's far too easy to find yourself in December wondering, "where the heck has this year gone, and what in the world have I accomplished?!" Honestly, I'm often plagued with a negative inner dialogue by this point.

So, by December 2018 I will have a handful of positive memories to look back upon, and each time I slip a piece of paper into the jar throughout the year, it will be that small pat on the back that we all owe to ourselves.

How do you rid yourself of negative self-talk? What are some of your "standard practices" that feed into your personal development and growth?