As 2020 starts to draw to a close, you might already be thinking about how to make the most of the next year. We’ve got your back. There are plenty of ways you can better yourself and create a better life and future. It all starts with a desire to change and the motivation to make it happen. Below, we’ve written a guide to becoming your best self.
Take Care of Your Health
First and foremost, without your health, you won’t have anything. It’s important to get a basic medical plan, a vision plan, and a dental savings plan for well-rounded health. After all, you don’t want to have a medical emergency and not be able to afford your treatment.
Besides medical coverage, it’s important to prioritize your self-care. It’s easy to ignore eating, exercising, and sleeping – but eventually, neglecting those areas of your life will come back to haunt you. Take baby steps like setting a firm bedtime schedule and cooking meals twice a week. After you get used to these small changes, you can make bigger changes like training for a marathon or meal-prepping.
Take a Class or Workshop
When you spend time developing your professional skills, you can grow your career and improve your marketability. Strengthening your existing skills could even mean you get a promotion or raise at your current job. If you’re a business owner, learning a new skill can allow you to expand your services or products.
Not sure where to start?
Well, besides traditional academic institutions like junior colleges where it’s easy to take a one-off class here and there, you can also use online resources as well. Websites like Coursera or Udemy, for example, allow you to learn for free, or for a very low price, whenever you have spare time.
Here are a just a few of the skills and subjects you can learn more about through an online class or workshop:
Attend Networking Events in Person and Virtually
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” And it’s true! Expanding your professional network is a great way to learn about different opportunities. You can go to conferences, in-person workshops, industry conventions, and even casual meet-ups to make professional connections. You can also attend virtual events and workshops within your industry to digitally connect with thought leaders and movers and shakers within your industry.
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for connecting people who can help you find clients and maybe even point you in the direction of your dream job!
Get Professional Resume and Career Help
If one of your goals for the new year is to get a new job, it makes sense to invest in professional help to get your resume and cover letter cleaned up. There are plenty of professional services dedicated to helping people put together a better resume and cover letter, specifically tailored for the types of jobs you want to get. For example, Let’s Eat, Grandma gives individual phone consultations so you can explain the issues with your current cover letter and resume and where you need assistance.
You can also look into getting a mentor or career coach who can help you get ready for interviews and even give you targeted advice for breaking into a new industry.
Takeaways: Becoming Your Best Self
2020 has been a tough year for millions of people across the globe. But the issues and challenges of this past year don’t have to mean it’s true of next year, too. You can take this time to reinvent yourself. You can develop new habits, new skills, and grow into a healthier, happier person if you take steps to start now.
Remember, start small and prioritize your health above everything else. Then, once your healthy habits are established, you can look to other aspects of your life that need extra care or attention. For example, if you want to get a new career, consider paying for help cleaning up your resume and cover letter. And, don’t forget to network so you can meet other professionals. With these tips, you can become the best version of yourself.