7 Things to Stop
in 2015

7 Things to Stop in 2015

Happy New Year! 2015 has arrived! We know the time is always right for change, but at January 1st we all get that magical sense of renewal and a chance to start fresh. It is the day we feel it best: leave the past behind and move forward.

January 1st is the day we fill ourselves up with courage and tell ourselves this is the year we will start doing more of the things we want and stop doing the things that don’t matter. We tell ourselves to make more money, lose weight, or live by the Golden Rule.

One in three people will vow to make changes that better their lives. Most, however, will collapse long before reaching the finish line. About 75% of people who make New Year’s resolutions are on target a week later, but that figure drops to less than 50% by July.

That doesn’t mean New Year’s resolutions should be abandoned before they even had the chance to come to light. In the words of Oprah Winfrey, ‘Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.’

This year, make resolutions you can keep. Rather than creating new habits, it is easier to stop doing things that are no longer in your best interest. Here are seven things to stop doing in 2015 and live this year to the fullest:

Stop comparing yourself to others

In today’s world of social media, what you see is not what you get. We all spend way too much of our time comparing our lives to others, yet we all forget that the pictures we see of others on Instagram and Facebook are simply highlights of their lives. They aren’t the everyday. They aren’t the struggle. They aren’t the bad hair day. They are the edited version of a momentary highlight of someone else’s life.

Stop feeling obligated

Don’t make decisions based on what you think you should do. Don’t take advice from people who don’t have to live with the result of the decision. Make decisions based on what you want to do. It’s your life and you’ll have to live with the choices you make. You don’t need to choose the mediocre when greatness exists.

Stop running from your problems

Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. That is growth. That is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.

Stop spending time with wrong people

Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.

Stop worrying about what others think of you

What others think of you is non of your business! People will judge you regardless of what you do, so do what you want. There’s nothing wrong with walking your own journey on a path you create. You don’t have to do, like or want the things that other people try, love or desire. Start that blog, write that article or wear that outfit about which you’ve been hesitant.

Stop trying to be someone you’re not

One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

Stop standing in your own way

The thoughts in your head about yourself and your situation really do affect your life. Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own ears. Follow your intuition and learn that nothing that lasts is started through force. If you have to force it, leave it behind.


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Mirjam Stoffels

Founder of seven2success, author of ‘Daily Little Secrets to Success’ and guest blogger at TEDxRoermond, Project Eve and 365 dagen succesvol. In my mission to make seven2success the biggest platform of knowledge and inspiration for women, I want to inspire you with our content! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Let’s to connect! And do you want to inspire other women? Write for us!

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