New Year New Beginning: How to Start a New Life in 12 Steps

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Start a new life by following 12 steps

You can always restart your life. New Year is the right time to start a new life. The right time could be anytime, any day. Make a fresh start today! Starting a new life can be easy – just follow the steps given in this updated evergreen post. The new beginning in life will help you create more opportunities and overcome obstacles to bring more happiness and success. ~ Ed.

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” ~ Seneca

Life is precious and we need to make the best of it. No matter what happens, there’s always a time and reason to make a new beginning.

For me, everyday is a new beginning. However, it’s okay if sometimes we try to find occasions to make the new beginning and start a new life.

Most people prefer the New Year period to start afresh or make resolutions. There’s nothing wrong with that provided you follow it up and stay motivated to achieve your goals.

You may be forced to start a new life after a breakup, divorce, or a failure. You may want to start afresh to change your life with the aim to have more success in life.

Initially, it may seem to be a daunting and difficult task. But starting a new life can be exciting and interesting if you’re determined and sporting. You only stand to gain and will eventually make your life better.

Starting a new life in the New Year

How to Start Over in Life

You may face challenges in life as a person to make a new beginning in your relationship, friendship, marriage, and career.

All you need is the right attitude, a controlled mind, the belief in self, and faith in life. To begin with, you need to love your life and yourself – being ever hopeful for a better life.

If you’ve made up your mind to start a new life, then you’ve already taken the first step. Here are a few tips and more steps that will help you prepare yourself for a new life.

“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.” ~ Guy Finley

1. Forget

Whenever you want to start anew, you may need to take lessons from and make peace with the past.

No matter how bad things were, how hurt you were, or how many failures you met – you’ve to forget them. Learn from your mistakes, and forget about them – though remember to not repeat them.

2. Forgive

To release yourself from the bondage of your mistakes, guilt, wrongdoings, and tortures of other people, forgive yourself and others.

If possible, use the option of apologizing for your mistakes. This frees us from a negative bond and gives us the permission to move forward to start a new life.

“Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” ~ Desmond Tutu

3. Be Peaceful

A calm and composed mind helps us be peaceful and productive. Drop your tensions and don’t worry – that will only accumulate stress.

Learn mind control and meditation. You’ll be more happy and peaceful when you let go of things that you cannot control. You’re less burdened and can concentrate on working with life.

4. Accept

One more step to attain peace of mind and move forward is to accept the past because you cannot change it.

Accept yourself, your life and the circumstances, and try to make the best use of the resources at hand. Acceptance of a problem gives you something concrete to work on to correct your wrongdoings and change your life.

5. Understand

Know yourself better and try to understand other people and situations. Know your shortcomings and virtues, skills and abilities, interests and passion.

Try to understand the reality and, realistically find out what would it take for you to solve your life and make a new beginning. True solutions come with understanding.

6. Be Positive

Some of you might have faced and lived in negativity. Violence, anger, greed, bad addiction, lust, and guilt are some negativity that you need to convert to peace, compassion, gratitude, good habits, love, and self-respect.

Good and positive thoughts impact your actions. You can make a new beginning when you feel good about yourself.

7. Change

Be ready to stop doing what you’ve been doing if it needs to be changed, and start with something new without any fear, even if it amounts to changing your lifestyle.

Change may feel awkward and difficult in the start – it always is. But you need to push yourself to make it happen.

You cannot grow, evolve, or progress without embracing change in life. Find the change you need for the new start in life.

8. Focus

Choose a path, remain positive, have priorities, create a goal, and remain focused.

Don’t let negative thoughts and emotions from your past disturb or deter you. Remind yourself to be strong and determined because focus will help you achieve a good start to a new life.

9. Be Aware

Life is full of surprises. Opportunity may knock at your door anytime and you need to keep your eyes, ears, and mind open all the time.

When required, think of all possibilities, keep all options open, trust your instincts, and have faith in yourself. Trust that every moment has the potential to launch your life.

10. Take Risk

At every given moment you’ve many choices, and you choose one. The choice is always in YOUR hands.

Every moment you take risks. With time, learning, and practice you develop the wisdom and instincts to make the right choices. Always make the choice to cling with the right and good.

Take a chance if you have a gut feeling even if the odds are against you, at the same time; learn to say no when required.

11. Make Efforts

Keep trying and keep making efforts, none of them ever go waste. Develop an attitude to learn from every event, every person, every situation, and every failure. Treat everything as a blessing in disguise.

The more you try and give your best; more are your chances to make the right choice and to make a successful new beginning.

12. Expect the Best

No matter what, always have high expectations. Don’t compromise with something that you’ll not be happy with or something that you might regret later.

It doesn’t matter what you get as a result, but having made the best efforts to get the best in life should keep you happy and content.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot

Happy New Year 2018

Wrapping Up

This new year, make a new beginning to bring more happiness and success in your life. Starting a new life can be a game changer for you.

Disassociate with your old self and never look back. Do that only to compare yourself and appreciate the change in your life.

Change is progress, progress, is success, and success will make you happy.

There’s always a reason to live, to change, to improve, to better your life and be successful. Find that reason and make it your passion.

Be good, follow the right ways, and use the right means to start a new beginning in your life.

New Year. New Beginning. 🙂

Wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” ~ T.S. Eliot

Over to you –

These are some of my views on how to start a new life or make a new beginning in life. Did you ever face a time requiring you to start life afresh? What did you do? Share your experiences in the comments.

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  1. Sharon

    2018-08-15 at 7:44 pm

    It looks so simple all laid out like this! Very good advice for pivoting and making big changes in your life.

  2. Ratikanta.Singh

    2018-01-07 at 10:35 pm

    Hello Harleena
    Thank you very much for such an useful post.Recently I have started blogging in my personal web site.Your post will certainly help me and keep me motivated.Thanks again.
    Ratikanta Singh

  3. Kalina Slavkova

    2013-08-13 at 8:18 am

    Wonderful post, Harleena!

    I’m enjoying exploring the many different areas on your blog, and I’m thrilled I stumbled on this post 🙂 It’s extremely inspiring to someone who will be off to college in one week. I’m reminding myself that I should just go forth with an open mind and be rooted in myself. That’s that. These 12 short and sweet tips will help me through this big change.

    Thank you for the amazing writing you publish! I hope you had a marvelous day!

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-08-13 at 8:12 pm

      Hi Kalina,

      Glad you liked this post and are enjoying exploring the other posts on my blog 🙂

      Ah…I didn’t know you are still studying, and if you are able to manage a blog as well, that is wonderful indeed! Oh yes…just moving on and making a new beginning in life is what works best, especially if you are really determined – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us. I wish you all the best in your new journey too. 🙂

  4. Sebastian Aiden Daniels

    2013-06-10 at 10:59 pm

    I think forgiving yourself and then moving on from your past self is a key to moving forward and starting anew. Yes learn from your past, but don’t hold onto it forever. It does no one any good to carry the burdens of the past with you forever.

    I think focus is extremely important, at least for me it is. I tend to get excited and go all in with something, but when the results don’t turn up right away I get frustrated. I have gotten better about it and I am focused for the long term on my goals. Thank you for the post. Always a good refresher to remember these things : D.

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-06-11 at 12:26 am

      Hi Sebastian,

      Absolutely! If you don’t move on in life, you just stay there very stagnant and that really doesn’t work, nor does it help you grow as a person. Learning from the past is essential, but then you need to let go of it and move ahead.

      I agree, focus is important – in anything we do. I can understand what you mean, and perhaps you’re still young so frustration does set in when things don’t turn your way. But if you take those failures or trials as stepping stones to your success and making them a learning experience, things will look better and brighter for you.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  5. Kevin Martin

    2013-01-28 at 4:12 am

    Staying positive works really well and it goes a long way.

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-06-11 at 12:20 am

      Hi Kevin,

      Yes indeed, nothing can be better than remaining positive and thinking positive too – helps in the long run.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Koundeenya

    2013-01-27 at 5:51 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    Taking risks! I always love this (though I don’t take it much). But this year, I don’t know whether to call it a risk; but, I’m preparing myself to start a new online business (which of course, has some little investment). I am really expecting a lot from it.
    Risk always makes life interesting and once we overcome, the pleasure and joy we get, are just infinite.

    Thanks for such an inspiring article.


    • Harleena Singh

      2013-06-11 at 12:18 am

      Hi Koundeenya,

      Glad to know that you could relate to the post 🙂

      Yes indeed, not all of us can take risks, though we all need to do so once in a while if we want to try out new things. Just like your new online business, if you hadn’t taken the risk, perhaps you wouldn’t have known if it was working for you at all or not. I wish you the best with it.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views with us 🙂

  7. sally brown

    2013-01-20 at 12:29 am

    Hi Leena,

    This is an amazing article. I remember when I had a really tough year, my mom had died and I was in the midst of a horrible and scary divorce. It was right after Christmas and I was talking to my son. He said to make ‘a new-life tree’. He then explained to get one of the reduced little (12″) trees that has little tiny decorations on it, and to make it a new starting point. I did it (about 9 years ago now), and my ‘new life tree’ is about 4 1/2 feet tall (needs to be replanted again).

    Your post reminded me of this and what a wonder feeling it was to have that tree to start my new life. Thanks for sharing. sally

    • Harleena Singh

      2013-01-21 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Sally,

      I’m glad you like the article and could relate to it.

      I’m sorry you had to go through such sorrow and hard times. However, it was very sweet of your son to suggest making a ‘new life tree.’ Wherever he got the idea from, he knew it would help you. That’s a good way of re-purposing your life and you can now have a new beginning with the replanting of the same plant.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing a part of your life story. 🙂

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