Can you believe that the end of the decade is coming to an end in just a week? It’s surreal how quick this year passed by, and if you’re like me, you’re ecstatic to start a new year, a fresh slate, and new plans to change for the better. Forget resolutions! People create them out of sheer pressure, which results in never sticking to their goal.
If the year has been a doozy for you, you’re not alone. Think of the year 2020 as a clean slate for you, another chance to start that business you’ve had in mind, participate in more activities, make a commitment to your health, and mentor yourself mentally to be the bigger and better person.
Thoughts Have Power
When I decided to change my life for the better, the last thing I considered was the incredible power my thoughts had over my being. When someone tells you that by altering your thoughts, you can change your life, you would think they’re insane.
All that talk about frequency and vibrations and water crystals reacting to positive and negative phrases sound like absolute crazy talk. But it works, it’s true, it’s life-changing.
Several studies have been conducted and have proven that thoughts ultimately make you who you are and are the road you pave to your future. In a YourStory article, journalist Rakhi Chakraborty states how based on new research, “the more self-critical and judgmental you are, the more your subconscious will work to convince you of your worthlessness. But if you make a habit of surrounding yourself with positive reminders and vibes, then the same thoughts will direct your actions towards goal-oriented behavior.”
Listen to Podcasts
If you have a phone or a radio, then you have access to thousands of podcasts. Thousands. According to the Pew Research Center, “As of 2019, 51% of Americans ages 12 or older have ever listened to a podcast”. Without a doubt, I owe such a significant credit to the podcasts I listen to because they have changed my life.
I have worked harder, studied longer, and changed every aspect of my health just listening to podcasts. That’s how powerful they are. Most of these guys are doctors, psychologists, coaches, mindset mentors, and their words, and advice is holy and valuable.
Invest in a journal and take notes on every podcast you listen to. Most range from five to 15 minutes so you can listen to them while doing the dishes, driving to work, warming up at the gym, or taking a bike ride around the block. Here is a list of mindset shifting podcasts, but one that is not on the list (my personal favorite), is right here.
Take Control of Your Health
Do you ever wonder why everybody’s New Year’s goal is to get fit and follow a healthier diet? What goes into your body and how you spend your free time is reflected in the life you live. Does that make sense?
According to Entrepreneur, “Exercise is one thing most successful people do everyday.” The reasons are endless and every person has their answer to why they work out and stay healthy. It doesn’t settle at exercise! Health is primarily mental, but it’s also what goes on your plate, plus the words that come out of your mouth. Accepting yourself is the first and most significant step to taking care of your health.
Productivity Is Never An Accident
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ~ Paul J. Meyer
Paul J. Meyer is my go-to for motivation. No matter how distressed I get, how unmotivated I am, I always come back to this quote. Go ahead, reread it, I’ll wait.
When you have an important presentation at work-despite how tired you may be-you force yourself to put in your absolute most hard work in and get it done. The same thing goes for finals and starting your own business. Life-changing events require work, effort, determination, stubbornness, and high productivity.
Write Down Your Goals
A study conducted by Dr. Gail Matthews on goal-setting found “that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.” Mary Morrissey explains it more in detail here.
By writing down your goals, you are training discipline. You recognize that you have goals- specific goals. It’s vital that you know what your goal is and be very distinct about it. That is what will drive you to achieve those goals.
There is an order to writing down your goals, and Elite Daily does a perfect job explaining how and why it’s so critical. Click here to read more.