Having your best year yet

As we begin another year, many of us have created a list of resolutions we are bound and determined to accomplish before the ball drops next December. We use this list we’ve made as a way to measure our own personal growth and to prepare us for the rest of our lives, one step at a time. The struggle many of us have, however, is maintaining the focus and the desire to follow through with these goals. There are a multitude of reasons why we might not follow through on our goals, whether it is something internal or an outside influence which has blocked the way. To prevent these roadblocks, sometimes what is needed is as simple as a change of mindset.

One of the main focuses many people have during this time of year is finding ways to reinvent themselves. To some people, this means going to the gym every day to lose that weight they have been meaning to shed. To others, it means letting go of past mistakes and moving on to bigger and better adventures. No matter what reinventing yourself means to you, the biggest key in all of these is changing your mindset to allow the positive energy in. Sounds simple, right? So why don’t all new year’s resolutions get accomplished? There are secrets. I’m going to share 4 of them with you. Here are some great ways that we can change our mindset and focus more on the positive.

  1. Keeping a Gratitude Journal
    There have been numerous scientific studies done on the topic of gratitude and how it affects our happiness, all of them point to the simple truth that people who express gratitude are happier. Spending five or ten minutes a night writing down a short list of things you are grateful for will be a huge positive influence on your life.
  2. Say “Thank You”
    Telling someone “thank you” is not something a lot of people think about. It costs absolutely nothing for you to say “thank you” to someone, but it can brighten someone’s day. Focusing on being pleased with someone instead of criticizing or nagging them also helps to boost your own mood. Whether it is at home or in the workplace, expressing your gratitude by saying a simple “thank you” can go a long way.
  3. Focus on Effort
    If you tried hard at something, regardless of whether you fully succeeded or not, that’s an extremely important thing. Rather than focusing entirely on the results which you get, look at the effort you put in. Maybe you’re trying to lose weight: the scales didn’t budge this week, but you went out jogging three times. In the long run, building that consistent habit is more important than minor fluctuations in your weight.
  4. Keep a Monthly Achievement Log
    Often when working on a long-term goal, you can lose motivation because you might not see any immediate results from the effort you are putting in. Set some time aside each week to sit down and write out some of the things you have achieved. They don’t have to be major accomplishments. Sometimes something as simple as “went skiing for the first time” works, and also sharing any particular milestones you have reached. Doing this is a great habit because it will encourage you to try more new things, expand your boundaries, and it is a great way to keep track of what you have done.

So there you have it: Change your mindset in stages, change your life for the better. Use this formula and whatever your new year’s resolutions may be, you will be much closer to fully succeeding with them.