There are many ways to be successful. As we move into the new year, you are starting to think about how you can make this your most successful year ever.
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
You’re going to learn seven practical tips for reaching your goals and improving your life this year. Each of these tips will focus on the following aspects of your life:
- Business and career
- Personal finances
- Personal limits
One of the most important keys to goal setting and goal achievement is to take a holistic approach. You are not simply composed of a body and a brain. You are a complete person, with a mind, body, and soul.
When you focus on only one aspect of your life, it becomes too easy for it to become unbalanced. Achieving success in one area of life at the expense of the other areas will cause frustration and will eventually make you miserable and unhealthy.
So, learn from these seven tips and discipline yourself to build a balanced life. Choose goals that are in harmony with one another. When your goals are in alignment, your progress will advance at a rapid rate and your life will improve faster than you can imagine.
1Feed Your Mind
Everything begins with your thoughts and your mental health. Successful people think positively. They bring a good attitude to everything that they do. They are optimistic and practical and they have hope for the future.
What does your future look like? When you project yourself five or ten years forward, do you like what you see? What do you want your life to look like a few years from now and how will you make that happen?
Your future life will be determined by the actions you take right now. If your present course will not get you where you want to be, then you must change course.
You must learn new things. You must develop new skills. You must expand your education in order to create new opportunities for yourself. The internet has created a revolution in self-education and you must take advantage of this.
Did you know that you can get a free Harvard education?
We’re not just talking about scholarships here. But any average person can audit online college courses for free.
Just think of the possibilities and check out the free courses available today. See which of them align with your goals.
If you don’t see any classes you want to take, you can still expand your knowledge in other ways.
When was the last time you visited your local public library?
Every topic you could possibly want to learn about can be studied in-depth at the library.
It is said that top business executives read one new book every week, on average. If you want to gain new knowledge in your field, you shouldn’t stop yourself from feeding your mind.
2Feed Your Body
To achieve higher levels of success, you will also want to feed and care for your body. Did you know that your physical condition can affect your mental health, your job performance, and your relationships?
Think about it.
Your brain requires a variety of nutrients and proper blood flow to perform at its best. Mental sluggishness goes hand-in-hand with physical sluggishness. So, let your physical condition support your mental, financial, and spiritual goals.
Begin by only putting quality foods into your body. Man-made, processed foods cannot supply all the nutrients you need for optimum health and peak performance. Instead, spend more time shopping in the grocery aisle.
Purge your kitchen and pantry of junk foods and stock up on fresh vegetables and fruits. Whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds should make the most of your grocery list.
If you live a busy lifestyle and are pressed for time, cook your meals in large batches. You can just divide them into individual storage containers so that you can simply grab one from the fridge as you head out the door to work.
Slip in a little physical exercise every day as well. If you don’t have the money for a gym membership or if you have difficulty carving out time to go there every day, then just park a little bit further from the entrance when you go to work or to the store. The added walking distance can accumulate throughout the week.
You can also take the stairs instead of the elevator or try spending half of your lunch break walking around the office building instead of lounging in the break room and watching TV.
3Feed Your Soul
There are so many ways to nourish your soul. Here are just a few ideas:
- Religious practice
- Nature walks
All of these activities are good for the soul and they can reap great benefits in your life with only a few minutes per day. The secret is to make them a part of your daily routine. Forming new habits may seem difficult at first but with daily practice, you’ll find your soul craving for them.
4Nurture Your Relationships
You are not an island. Your life is greatly hindered or enriched by the relationships you build. But despite being surrounded by hundreds and even thousands of people every day, you’ll find that limiting your interactions to a few key people can be greatly rewarding.
You can’t nurture 100 relationships at once. So, take some time to identify those people who matter most to you. Commit to engaging with them a little more each week.
In order to spend more time with these key people, you may have to spend less time with others. Think about the other people in your life and identify any toxic relationships.
Do some people seem to drain your energy and happiness? Do you feel more stressed out after hanging out with certain friends, coworkers or family members?
If so, recognize that your happiness matters. Start weaning yourself off of those people to free up more time for those who actually enrich your life.
5Build Your Business
Your business or your career takes up a huge part of your life, so it only makes sense that you set goals for achieving higher levels of success there. Your career can affect other areas of your life, too. Before you spend another decade climbing the corporate ladder, you need to make sure that this ladder is leaning up against the right building first.
If you are unhappy with your job, change it. If you can’t stand your boss, fire him. You have freedom and you have choices. Use your freedom to choose the life you want and that starts with your job.
And if you seem to hate every job you’ve ever had, then maybe it’s time to create your own job by starting a business. With the internet, it’s now easier and cheaper to start a business from scratch.
6Protect Your Finances
You work hard for your money but does your money bring you more freedom?
It can and it should.
The problem many people face is that they are stuck in the work-spend-work cycle. They work harder to make more money. Then, they spend all the money they make and more, thanks to credit cards. Once they spent all their money, they work even harder to keep up with the credit card bills.
It’s an unending cycle.
This year, you don’t have to live that way.
Begin setting aside a little money every week into a savings account and don’t touch it. If you need to cut back on your spending, then do that. Remember, nobody is stopping you.
If you cannot discipline yourself to save money from every paycheck, then you will never reach your financial goals.
7Push Your Limits
This is the year that everything will change for you, but the changes cannot take place if you are continuing to live your life the same way you’ve been living it for the past few years. To get different results, you have to do things differently.
If you want to achieve more, you must become a new person. The old you is stuck in a comfort zone, and that is what is holding you back. To achieve the life you want, you will need to push out of your comfort zone.
This will not be easy, but it will be totally worth it.
As you attempt to make changes in your work life, your body, your relationships and your spiritual life, you will encounter discomfort. Pay attention when this happens! This is good! This is your opportunity!
To achieve the breakthroughs in the life that you desire, you must learn to love the discomfort. You must embrace the uncertainty that comes with trying new things. Everything you want is on the other side of that discomfort, so do not give up and do not give in.
Push through your limitations to create the new life that you envision. Those are the best ways to be successful.