I’m a firm believer of setting realistic goals. However, I’m also a big thinker who feels that no one should ever sell themselves short. You should never set a goal for yourself that is too easy to accomplish.
Instead, constantly push yourself as hard as possible. Why? Because pushing yourself makes you a stronger person. And who doesn’t want to be a stronger person?
So here’s a thought: why not set a goal of making this year the best year of your life? Can you think of a single reason why it shouldn’t be? I can’t.
So how can you make this year an amazing one? Start by doing some the following things. You don’t have to do them all, but give a few of them a shot and see how they work out for you.
In 2010, make it a goal to stop waiting for things to happen. Get out there and take some action. It doesn’t matter if you are still not sure where you want to end up. Just take action and you will be surprised as to what happens. As soon as you start taking action, you get in a rhythm where you constantly get things done.
So say so long to procrastination, there’s no room for it this year.
Task: Sometime in the next week or two, I want you to go out and do something you’ve always wanted to do but have been holding off on. It doesn’t matter if it’s something crazy like skydiving or simply heading to the bookstore and grabbing a book you have always wanted to read. Just get out there and give it a shot!
If you’ve ever read a self-help book, you’ve probably heard of goal setting and how important it is. Without setting goals, you have no idea where you are going or what you are trying to do. Goals also make it easier to get where you want to be because you can actually measure you success based on what your goals are.
Task: In order for 2010 to be the best year ever, I want you to spend a minimum of two hours evaluating your goals and writing them down somewhere. Whether you do it on actual paper or on your computer is completely up to you. The key is to just get the goals down somewhere so you can constantly look at them and remind yourself what it is you want to accomplish.
I want you to really dig deep and throw out some crazy goals for this year. Something you can’t even imagine actually accomplishing. This will ensure that you truly push yourself to not only become a better person, but also to make this year the best ever.
Take Time For Yourself
This is a big one. In 2010, make it a goal to take time for yourself. It’s amazing how good it feels when you take a break from your everyday life to just relax and enjoy yourself. Try reading, meditating, or something else you find relaxing. I’m a big fan of sitting outside and doing word search puzzles myself.
Task: My guess is you have a pretty hectic schedule the way it is. So take some time to look over your schedule and figure out where you can squeeze in some alone time. If you can, try to get at least 30 minutes each day if possible. If you can’t do it everyday, then plan on taking time to yourself every other day.
Enjoy The Moment
We have a tendency to always be looking forward to things that are happening in the future. Am I correct? I know I do it from time to time and it’s a tough habit to break. But life is all about living in the moment. Right now is the only “real time” we have in our lives. We can’t go back in time and we can’t travel forward in time.
So it’s important to practice the art of living in the moment.
Task: To live in the moment, try concentrating on what you are doing. For example, a good way to practice living in the moment is by focusing on your food when you eat. Don’t read or watch TV while you eat but instead focus on the food, the taste, and the experience. It’s amazing how much better it is when you pay attention to what you are eating.
Keep A Journal
This one may not be for everyone, but I am a HUGE fan of keeping journals. The main reason being it allows me to let out my feelings and thoughts. It’s also an easy way to track my goals and see what I’ve accomplished.
It’s pretty awesome being able to dial in to a certain day from last year and immediately remember what I did. It works like a second brain, only this one doesn’t forget anything.
Task: If you want to give journal writing a try, I highly encourage checking my post: The Art of Journal Writing. It’s got some great advice and details on how I keep a journal.
For me, 2010 is going to be a year of focus. The focused mind can accomplish great things and I know this from hands-on experience. This is why goal setting is so important. If you have clear and precise goals, you can focus on them and put all your energy into attaining them.
However, goal setting is no longer enough. We live in a world that is literally FILLED with distractions. Everywhere you turn there is something demanding your attention. Whether it’s your phone, Facebook Page, Twitter profile, television, video games, or magazines; they are all full of distractions.
So the secret is to pull yourself away from all the distractions and find a certain place and time that you can focus in on your work, goals, and life. If you have to pull the plug on your router, do it.
I find that working late at night works for me since there are a lot less distractions happening. However, the key is to find a time and place that works for YOU.
Task: The best advice I can give to focus is to start experimenting with what works for you. Keep track of your productivity levels throughout the day and find when your mind is the most focused. This is when you should be busy at work doing the things you love.
Also, schedule some “focus time” into your life where you completely cut yourself off from distractions. Shut off your cellphone, turn off the television, and avoid any distractions you might have in your life.
Is your life filled up beyond capacity? I know mine was not too long ago. It really amazes me at how much stuff we manage to do, as well as accumulate in our lives. From the second we wake up, we perform task after task all the way up until bedtime. It’s amazing how we manage to stay sane through our everyday lives.
Luckily, simplifying can completely change your life. You don’t have to go full-pledged minimalist to reap the rewards either, though I highly recommend it. Just getting rid of some of your unused belongings can dramatically clear your mind and make you feel more at ease. The same goes for automating small tasks like paying bills and opting out of paper statements. I can tell you one thing, I don’t miss getting mail…
Task: This year, try simplifying in at least one way. It might be as simple as scheduling auto billing. This can easily save you a good amount of time over the course of a year. If stuff is your problem, try taking an inventory of all your belongings and figure out what you can get rid of. Less stuff is not only less things to worry about, but it’s also less things to clean and find room for.
Try New Things
If 2010 is going to be the best year ever, we need to try some new stuff! I’ve never met a single person who didn’t have at least one thing they wanted to try sometime in their life. Whether it’s learning a new language, taking up a new hobby, or starting a business.
Trying new things is what life is all about. Imagine how boring it would be if we were never able to go out and experience what life has to offer.
Task: Set a goal this year to go out and try something you have NEVER done before. There has to be something you’ve always dreamed of doing or have at least heard about from a friend. Just get out there and give it a shot. If you end up hating it, you can feel good knowing you at least gave it a try.
Learn Something New
This goes right along with the last idea. Just like trying new things, learning new things can change your life for the better. I have always been a big fan of learning because it’s fun, challenging, and highly rewarding.
Learning new things also allows us to meet new people, have more in common with those we already know, and expand our minds.
Task: Go out and learn something new this year. It doesn’t matter if it’s from a book, a class, or on the internet. Just set a goal to learn something new.
If you’re not sure what you want to learn about, try grabbing a class schedule from a local community college and take a class you might find interesting. Who knows, you might even end up meeting some awesome like-minded people.
I must admit that I have my fears, whether they are of real things (like snakes) or of certain situations (public speaking). I assume most of you out there have fears as well.
So what if we try to overcome our fears this year? What if we go out and actually experience the things we are afraid of? If we can do this, I have a feeling 2010 is going to kick some ass.
Lets say you’re afraid of cockroaches. So this year, you decide your going to get over that fear once and for all. So what you are going to do is go out and find a zoo or some other place that has cockroaches.
Even better, you’re going to go there and actually get up and close with one. Heck, you might as well pick it up and stare him in the eyes. What an awesome way to kiss that fear goodbye.
Task: First off, I want you to write down a list of things you are afraid of. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small, just throw them down on a piece of paper.
Secondly, I want you to go back and look at your fears and figure out what you could do to overcome them. Brainstorm some ideas and write them down next to the fears.
Last but not least, I want you to set a goal to try to overcome at least one of the fears. Even better, try a handful of them and see what happens.
So what are you waiting? Get out there and make 2010 the best year ever!