How To Make A Fresh Start in 2022

Welcome to this blog on how to make a fresh start in 2022!

“Starting over is not a sign of failure but a mark of courage — a willingness to give yourself and your life another chance.” (Scott Stabile)

Since it’s the start of a new year, it’s the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start. But, before we get into how to make that happen, it’s important to understand why.

In life, sometimes things don’t go our way. There may be a sudden twist or something similar. But, when these events happen, we should never give up; instead, we should get up and try again.

Other times, we may feel like we’re just holding on to our past and because of that, we aren’t ready to move forward into the future.

No matter what your reason is for wanting to start over, you’ve come to the right place.

Starting over shouldn’t be seen as a last resort when something ends; in fact, it should be seen as an opportunity to rebuild yourself to be the person you’ve always wanted to be.

Whenever something ends, we always have the choice to either stay in the past or learn from it to rebuild ourselves for the better.

So, don’t be afraid to start over, as it’s a new chance to go for what you want and live life on your own terms!

If you’re ready to let go of the past and start fresh in life to achieve your full potential, follow the 10 steps below!

1. Reflect on yourself

Reflect on yourself

“To improve your life or make some sort of positive change, you need to know what you really want or what makes you happy.

Grab a sheet of paper and write down the answers to the following questions:

  • Who am I? What do I believe in? What are my core values?
  • Which activities give me joy? And, what makes me happy?
  • Where do I want to be in life a few years from now? What are my goals?
  • What is important to me? How can I make more time for those things?

When you understand what makes you tick and what makes you happy, you can start carving out more time for those things.

And doing this will automatically help you get a fresh start and head in the right direction.” (

I highly recommend checking out this journal: Soul Therapy: A 365-day journal for self-exploration, healing and reflection!

2. Set new goals

Set new goals

Goals give you purpose in life and an end result to work towards. Without goals, it’s hard to stay focused and disciplined at what we want to improve.

To make a fresh start in life, set new goals to work towards the person you want to become.

Make sure to be specific about what exactly you want to work on and implement a plan on how you are going to achieve that goal.

Throughout your days, make sure to look for opportunities to achieve the goals that you make for yourself.

3. Declutter


Along with setting goals and reflecting, it’s important to declutter your environment. This could mean cleaning out your closet, desks, and other storage areas.

There are probably several items in your room that you don’t even remember that you had and don’t use at all. A couple of days ago, I decluttered my closet and found clothes that I didn’t even know I still had.

Decluttering is a way of moving forward in life by letting go of the things you had in the past. It opens up space in your surroundings and helps you make space for more of the things that will bring you joy in the future!

4. Adopt new habits

Adopt new habits to make a fresh start in your life.

For example, if you want to become more self-aware, you could start journaling. If you want to expand your knowledge, you could start reading. And, if you want to become more fit, you could start working out.

Habits are what determine your identity. You are what you do. So, if you want to improve your identity, you have to work on improving your habits!

By adopting new habits that resonate with your purpose, you will be able to create the life you want for yourself!

5. Change your environment

If you are looking to find a way to start over, be sure to change your environment. Your environment doesn’t just consist of your room and house, but also the people you spend time with.

To start over in life, spend less time with people who radiate negativity and instead, spend more time with people who inspire and motivate you to be your best self.

Along with this, you can give your room a little make-over. Some ideas are to add inspiring posters on your walls, keep a book on your side table to encourage you to read, and add some plants on your desks!

6. Consume new content

The content we consume each day can often seep into our lives. If we read conspiracy theories on the internet, we’re more likely to be paranoid, skeptical, and anxious. Those who spend time watching viral videos about kindness or good deeds are more likely to do good deeds. People who watch fitness and diet content are likely to make changes towards their health. Ultimately, if you want to make a big life change, you should consider changing your social algorithms by browsing different hashtags, websites, and groups. The more you obsess about the traits and qualities of the 2.0 version of yourself, the more likely it is that you’ll become that person. So spend some time investing in the content, future you would consume.

7. Meet new people

Meet new people

Meeting new people is a great way to make a fresh start in life. Start looking for places where you will find people with similar goals and values as you.

When you are meeting new people, you can start practicing your new identity.

It’s important to understand that meeting new people encourages you to get out of your comfort zone, so don’t be afraid to do exactly that.

8. Get more intentional

To make a fresh start in life, you need to have a plan. What do you want your “new” life to be like? What type of person do you want to be?

Self-reflecting on your past and setting new goals is crucial to answering the above questions.

Being intentional also comes with saying “no” to the things you don’t want to do and “yes to the things you want to do.

By getting intentional with your future, you’ll have a clear vision on how to move forward with your life so you can go in the right direction and not get distracted by anything holding you back!

9. Have a growth mindset

Have a growth mindset

If you’re going to make a fresh start in life, that’s not possible with a fixed mindset. Instead, you need a growth mindset.

With a growth mindset, you will be able to tackle challenges head-on, look at challenges as opportunities, try new things, and do anything you put your mind to.

When making a fresh start, you’re going to come across challenges and get discouraged more than once. But, if you adopt a growth mindset, you will be able to overcome them and continue to motivate yourself no matter what happens.

Regardless of whether we are making a fresh start, all of us should have a growth mindset, as this kind of mindset is key to success!

10. Be patient

How to be Patient with Yourself and Others in a Changing World - Therapy  Changes

Lastly, it’s important to be patient. Progress happens over a long period of time. You won’t be the person you want to be when you wake up the next morning; instead, you will become that person after working on yourself consistently.

Anything good in life takes time, so stay committed to the challenge even though you won’t see results right away. In the end, I promise you that it will be worth it.

So, take it one day at a time and keep working towards slowly improving yourself. After all, it’s about the journey, not the destination.

The Takeaway

Restarting may be hard, but it is definitely worth it if it’s building a more resilient and stronger version of yourself. Starting fresh takes a lot of motivation and determination, but if you are willing to work hard, you are going to be able to build the person you’ve always dreamed of becoming. As a recap, once you are ready to start fresh, here are 10 steps for you to follow to start your new journey of self-growth:

  1. Reflect on yourself
  2. Set new goals
  3. Declutter
  4. Adopt new habits
  5. Change your environment
  6. Consume new content
  7. Meet new people
  8. Get more intentional
  9. Have a growth mindset
  10. Be patient

For more advice, check out this video on how to reset your life for 2022! Along with this, be sure to read our other 2022 blogs, such as my 2022 new year’s resolutions!

Remember, nothing in life is permanent and you always have the option to change it for the better. There’s no reason why you can’t make a fresh start if you want to. I said this in the introduction, but just to reinforce it, don’t be afraid to start over again! This time, you’ll have a foundation of experience and lessons to guide you on your new journey. I hope these tips help you in starting fresh.

With that, good luck and have fun rebuilding yourself and your life for maximum success!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below and I’ll get back to you!

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