How was your 2016? Did you accomplish everything you hoped to accomplish? Are you closer to achieving your long term goals? Do you have more money saved or less? Are you happier or more depressed than you were at January 1, 2016? If you find yourself in the same position as last year, or even worse, I want to help you out. I want to share with you the secrets of how to have a successful year. Is it going to take work? Yes. But not as much as you might think.
Set a Goal
If you want to accomplish anything in life, you must first decide what that is. A goal is different from a resolution, although you might find it similar. Usually resolutions are things we want to change or do better. Most people write them down, put the list away and forget about it by January 31st…sometimes sooner. Take a look at any local gym during the month of January. It’s packed! But the regular gym goers, the ones with a consistent habit in place, they know that come February, the numbers will dwindle. By March they’ll have their old gym back to normal and the perpetually well intended will lose their motivation. Sad but true! That doesn’t have to be your story this year!
Set some attainable goals both short term and long term. Make them specific, clear, and give yourself a deadline. Instead of “I want to lose weight,” write “I want to lose 15 pounds by May 1st.” Keep your goals in front of you, so you can see them every day. Place them on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, in a journal entry you can read every night, or on a lockscreen for your phone. Place them on a free printable from us, available only to our subscribers, so you can set them on your desk or bedside table, hang them by the front door. You could put them ALL of these places if you want.
Your brain is very visual, so find some photos to correspond to each goal you set. Your body has a difficult time accomplishing what your mind can’t visualize.
This is a tough one, but it is absolutely essential both to your success and for your happiness. Speak positive things, any chance you get. “But I don’t want to be fake!” Don’t be. If you are struggling with something, rather than talking down to yourself by saying things like, “I’ll never change. I’m so stupid. I’m sick and tired of my life.” Say things like, “I’m a work in progress. I have the mind of Christ. I have a wonderful life.” Because we are all works in progress, the Bible tells us we have the mind of Christ according to 1 Corinthians 2:16, and regardless of your circumstances, you have a wonderful life. To be breathing air at all is a wonderful thing and something to be grateful for.
We have a tendency to be a walking self fulfilling prophesy. Your mind believes the things it hears most often, and do you know whose voice you hear most often? Your own. Speak positive things to yourself on a consistent basis. Even if you don’t believe them at first, you will find them easier to believe the more you hear them.
Surround yourself with positive people, because yours isn’t the only voice you hear. Maybe everyone around you is negative. Especially in the workplace that can be difficult to avoid. Listen to positive music, read positive books (I’ll have a recommended reading list for you down below), and turn people’s negative statements into positive ones in your head. You can do this out loud too, but you may find that not everyone is very receptive to that. (Lol)
Maybe you think you’re already a pretty positive person. That may be true! Good for you! Here’s a challenge for you: say the words “because that’s what I really want” after each statement you make.
“I just can’t seem to lose any weight…because that’s what I really want?” No.
“I am so sick and tired of this…because that’s what I really want?” No!
“This stomach bug is going around again, I bet I’m next…because that’s what I really want?” No way!
Change the way you think, to change the way you speak, to change your life. It’s very simple, but it’s powerful and effective.
Have an Attitude of Gratitude
This is the number one way to change your perspective on life and change how you feel on any given day. There is always something you can find to be grateful for, always. It takes some effort to focus on what there is to be grateful for, but the pay off is totally worth it!
One of the best practice I’ve heard of is to keep a gratitude journal. Each night before bed, find at least one thing to be grateful for in that day. Write it down. When you struggle the most to be grateful, you can review what you’ve written and remember.
Be a Servant
The quickest way to lift your spirits is to take your eyes off of yourself and your struggles and help someone else in theirs. Have a servant’s heart and keep your eyes open to those in need around you every day. It could be a simple as holding the door for the person behind you, doing the dishes at your mom’s or friend’s house, letting a car in front of you in traffic. Whenever you have the opportunity to show someone kindness, take it! It may seem self sacrificing, but being kind to others will change how you view the world. It will affect your own view of your self worth and the worth of other people.
Now, you have a plan to execute to accomplish your goals this year. Subscribe to Salt & Life Blog to take advantage of our free printables to help motivate and encourage you along the way. If you’re already a subscriber, look for them in your email! Join our facebook support group where we will be encouraging one another to reach our goals. Jessica and I have our own fitness goals we want to reach and we’ll be sharing recipes and meal plans if you would like to join us! No gimmicks, just community! We can be a positive influence on one another this year and make 2017 our most successful year yet!
What To Say When You Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter
Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino (not about sales)
Hung by the Tongue by Francis P. Martin