With a new century looming (thats crazy, right?) there is no better time to reflect on the years previous and think about how we want to live our lives moving forward.
Whether you are working towards a really important financial goal, improving your overall fitness, or just that you want to work on being a generally nicer person, there are a number of steps you can take, ahead of the new year to ensure that 2020 is your most kick-ass year ever!
How To Make 2020 Your Best Year Ever
EVALUATE YOUR LIFE NOW
In order to ensure the year ahead is the most productive, successful and joyous that it can be, you need to take some time to evaluate things as they are now.
Think about your relationships, your job, where you live and how you are feeling mentally and emotionally. If you are happy with all these areas, then that’s wonderful, however, for most people, there will be some things that you want to change.
Take the time to think about what these areas are, and then you can be on your way to putting a plan in place for how you are going to make changes to your life in the year ahead.
Make sure you also take time to be thankful for the things that you do have. Be thankful for your friends, family, partner, health and anything else that you know you are so lucky to have.
Being thankful for the blessings in your life is absolutely essential for staying grounded and motivated to strive for the things that you are still working on achieving in the future.
ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOU REALLY WANT
Many of us don’t really know what it is that we want in life. We may have been encouraged in our younger years to follow a particular path, perhaps by our parents or family members. Or it may just be that you have spent most of your teen and early adult years bouncing from job to job, never really finding something that fulfils you.
Whatever the case may be, I believe that a sense of purpose is the first step to being truly happy. So think about what it is you’re most passionate about and take some time to picture your dream life. Once you have it clear in your head what it is you actually want, only then can you start working on making that a reality.
Now you have the thinking part over, it’s time to get practical and set some specific goals for what you want to accomplish in the year ahead.
The key to setting goals and achieving them successfully is to choose SMART goals:
First off, you need to know exactly what you want to achieve – make sure you are as specific as possible! Rather than saying “this year, I want to change my career,” you might instead decide “this year, I am going to apply for Marketing roles and find my dream job within the next six months.”
Setting specific goals helps your mind focus on exactly what steps you need to take in order to make it happen and does not allow for any distractions.
Next, your goals should be measurable: there should be a specific outcome that comes as a result of you achieving your goal so it’s clear when you have reached it – for example, you can measure whether or not you have changed your job.
Attainable and realistic: there is no point in setting goals that you aren’t going to be able to achieve. If you’re on a salary of £25k a year, then there is absolutely no point in setting a goal of saving £20k in twelve months, because you are not going to achieve that.
Setting your aspirations high is admirable, and you should always strive to do your absolute best, but that doesn’t mean being unrealistic. If you set a goal that isn’t achievable then all that’s going to happen is you will fail and feel deflated.
Lastly, it’s important to be timely in your goal setting. Be specific about when you want to hit your target. Set these goals with a specific date in mind and then you can put together a practical plan of action
GO OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
The minute that you step outside your comfort zone is the moment you start to grow and progress in life. If you just stay in the same place, doing the same things, then you’re going to get the same results.
Do something that scares you: get up in front of a room of people and speak, start going to the gym even though the bodybuilding men intimidate you, start working on that business that other people are doubting you can do.
Whatever it is that is holding you back from making progress on your goals, do whatever it takes to overcome it and remember that the minute you do, it’ll feel like a huge boost to your morale and self esteem.
Smile at people, ask them how they are and lighten up. If you’re friendly to others, you will be well liked, and well liked people find it much easier to make personal, professional and romantic connections with others – all of which lead to happiness and success.
If you’re naturally a shy person, then just pretend you’re on a stage and fake it till you make it. That’s what I used to do.
I was so shy in my teen years, I could barely even speak to a person behind the till in a shop. I knew this was going to hold me back later in life, so I decided on a whim that I was going to go to college to study Musical Theatre – nothing like throwing yourself in at the deep end hey?
While I spend the first few months absolutely regretting my decision and hating my classes, I soon made a whole bunch of friends and was chosen to play some really interesting roles. Plus I ended up singing on stage to a whole room full of people!
Those two years completely transformed me as a person and these days, most of my peers would describe me as the total opposite of shy.
Still today, I secretly get nervous when I’m meeting a bunch of new people – everybody does whether they like to admit it or not. Just try your best to be friendly and you will find that you are much happier, and you’re presented with many more opportunities.
Just be nice to people! Help people whenever you get the chance, whether its offering advice, offering help in something you have skills in or just surprising a friend with a day out or a thoughtful gift.
Kindness is contagious, and as human beings, we feel much happier in ourselves when we are good to others. Even if somebody is an ass to you, always make an effort to be nice to them.
You won’t know if, but perhaps that person if suffering in some way and their bad behaviour is a sort of defense mechanism.
Do your best to treat everybody as you would wish to be treated and you will find you live a much more peaceful life for doing so.
Lastly, always look for opportunities to learn. Whether it’s reading books, listening to podcasts, watching documentaries or just listening to the advice and stories of people who have already achieved what you’re currently working on.
Knowledge is power and the more you learn about any topic, the more you will become an expert.
If you are looking to grow a business, then immerse yourself in business-related material that will teach you new skills, strategies and mindsets that will help you along the way.
If you’re in a place where you are not sure what your next move is, perhaps you know you want a change in your life, but you’re not sure specifically what it is you actually want to do, then listen to people that you admire and learn general life skills, then when you do find your passion, you will have learned some skills that you can apply no matter the specific niche.
To Finish Off…
I really hope that you enjoyed this post and that you will take on board some of these tips, and go into the New Year feeling inspired and ready to make your dreams come true.
Let me know which tip was your favourite, and I would love to hear what you have planned for the year ahead in the comments below!