How to make 2018 your best year ever
2018 will be the best year of your life!
If you read that statement and laughed out loud, or just smirked sceptically, time to think again! Why shouldn’t it be the reality that this will be your best year ever?
You might be in trying circumstances, or you might be pretty happy with your life. But whatever stage you’re at, why not believe that this will be the best year? The more we say to ourselves that this will be the best year, the more we will believe it, and the more our subconscious will find ways to support that statement. It can change your outlook, give you purpose and help support you in achieving your goals.
The occasion of a New Year is a great opportunity to ‘start afresh’ and throw yourself into new goals with newfound motivation and optimism. But we also know that most of us give up on resolutions before January is even over. So New Year resolutions may not be the best way to go about it.
In my mind, there are a few foundational elements that are essential to designing and achieving your goals.
1. Invest time in figuring out your goals
A hastily put-together list of random goals in the pub on New Years Eve – lose weight, get fit, earn more money, etc. – isn’t going to cut it. Your goals need to be clearly thought through, aligned with your long-term vision for your life across your health, family, career, hobbies, and more, and then broken down into milestones and actions mapped to your calendar. This approach gives you a real sense of direction and clearly-defined tasks you can work on each day to move forward on your goals. To find out more, read this blog where I explain exactly how you can figure out your goals here.
2. Invest time in addressing your mindset to identify blocks and fine tune for achievement
The actions we take each day create our own luck and happiness, but also can create our own misery. A lot of these actions are based on the beliefs we’ve built up over time and that reside in our subconscious mind. I believe each of us should invest time in addressing those beliefs that might lead us to make a detrimental decision over a more favourable one.
For example, I used to think that if I’d had a bad night’s sleep, my whole day was going to be a write off. I had every right to be annoyed and irritated at everything or everyone because I was tired, and I’d let my mood spiral out of control. That would inevitably lead to misery for me and disharmony and arguments with my family, and my belief that there was no option but to have a bad day would be further reinforced.
If you interrupt that belief and retrain your subconscious you can create an entirely different outcome. I started to question if it was such a foregone conclusion that poor sleep meant a terrible day ahead. Instead, I have been training myself to think differently. After a bad night (which are now much less frequent after putting this practice into place), while I still might feel a little grumpy initially, I push myself to get over it and say to myself this is going to be a great day. I focus on my morning routine, and find that it adds some calm to my day and puts me in a better mindset to deal with things. And I catch myself if I notice any grumpiness returning during the day. It’s not always perfect, but it is so much better – for me and my family – than it used to be before I grasped control of my subconscious.
But each of us has so many beliefs that can limit us, or propel us forwards.
The great news about beliefs is that they can be changed.
Make 2018 the year you decide to tackle some of your limiting beliefs: Research the power of the subconscious and look into approaches like Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) or the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) with tapping that can help you do this very quickly and commit to tackling your biggest fears or limiting beliefs.
Read more about mindset in my free Five Steps to a Better Life guide on my guides page.
3. Commit to your health and fitness
Without your health, everything else falls apart. It was this realisation that spurred me into action a couple of years ago and got me up from behind my desk. It was all very well thriving in my work, but my body was starting to creak and complain and once that starts going wrong, work suddenly doesn’t seem so important.
No matter where you are with your health, you can always improve. For me, I feel I’ve made significant improvements in my diet and in maintaining a regular exercise regime, compared to where I was a couple of years ago. But this year I want to improve further and so I’ve booked an appointment with a nutritionalist who will have more knowledge than I do to help me further hone my efforts and I continue to research nutrition for my own benefit. And similarly I plan to research more in the field of exercise to optimise my workouts.
If you’re where I was before and not active or not following a nutritious diet, then commit to starting. Find the easiest way you can to start (10 minutes walk outside a few times a week and increasing from there, or join a gym and experiment with a few classes that you might enjoy, cut out some of the food you know is no good for you, etc.).
For some easy steps and changes you can take a look at Step 3 and 4 in my Five steps to a better life guide.
4. Turn your new practices into a regular habit
The key with any change is to turn your new practices into a habit.
Motivation only lasts so long so you need to shift as quickly as you can into it becoming a habit that you do without thinking.
For example, when I found a class I liked at the gym I built my Friday morning around it, adding in a swim and the sauna, that I now do without thinking. In fact, it’s one of my favourite times of the week that I really don’t like to miss.
So what can you do to make 2018 your best year ever? Don’t just drift along doing more of the same (unless you already have the best life ever of course!). Identify those areas you want to improve in your life, put together an actionable plan to do it, support that plan with a healthy mind and body and give yourself the best chance of an awesome year.