5 Subtle Ways to Improve in 2023

Adrian S. Potter
4 min readDec 18, 2022

Our ideal lies further on.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

“We are always looking to the future; the present does not satisfy us. Our ideal, whatever it may be, lies further on.”

— Ezra Gillett

It is now mid-December, and 2022 admittedly got away from us.

We had an abundance of lofty goals last New Year’s Day. But time and circumstances tripped us like a middle-school bully in the hallway. And after a few falls, we stopped standing up.

Let’s rekindle that optimism from 12 months ago and carry that flame through the darkness of a new year.

There is nothing magical about the end of one year or the beginning of another. But if we can use January 1 as a motivating factor, why not take advantage of that springboard?

Below is a list of 5 subtle habits that could push forward the improvement you desire in 2023.

If it seems meh, explore your inner workings and manufacture a list tailored to your current needs. Whatever you choose, don’t miss the chance –synthetic or not — to utilize the new year as a catalyst for change.

1. Surround yourself with positive people.

Humans are a social species. We are undoubtedly tribal by nature. So if we remain predestined to commune in familiar groups, why not join a group filled with upbeat changemakers instead of downhearted losers?

Pinpoint the people who resist judging you, possess a growth mindset, appreciate what you offer, give honest feedback, and provide support when needed. Then reciprocate their effort and energy.

Construct sturdy relationships that endure challenging conditions. Your tribe can provide shelter to shield you from life’s stormy weather.

2. Respond to your mistakes with courage, not fear.

How you manage your screw-ups reveals a lot about your willingness to evolve. It displays that you accept your faults and reflects a desire for…

Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity · www.adrianspotter.com