By: Kevin Pollard, Matt Haley
The New Year represents a chance to refresh, regroup and re-solidify goals for the year. We’ve put together a list of some of the methods we use in our lives to perform at our highest levels.
In order to grow, we need to set goals for ourselves. It is incredibly helpful to actually write down what we want to accomplish in the time frame we want to accomplish it in. Whether it be daily, weekly, monthly or yearly goals, putting these things down on paper will help make them feel more tangible, and therefore, more attainable.
Once these goals are written down, we must hold ourselves accountable for accomplishing them. The things we want most in life usually don’t come easily, so we must maintain a positive mindset throughout this process.
Our thoughts become our actions, so keep it positive and clear.
Another method of putting yourself in the right mindset is to research habits of successful people. We all look up to and admire those who have done great things with their lives. These people are successful for a reason, so study their habits and see what you can learn from them.
Your body is your machine. For you to do anything in life you need your body to be functioning at a high level and, most importantly, feeling good. Staying active is a great way to reduce stress. If you work at a job where you are sitting for long periods of time, try to set up a system where you can remind yourself to stand up and move every hour. This will break up your workday, give your mind a break and enhance your creative thinking ability.
Stuck on a problem? Go for a walk. Do some squats or pushups. Simply stepping away and getting in motion for a few minutes will make a huge difference.
Put good into your body and get good out of your body.
This rule is really quite simple. What we eat and drink directly affects how we feel. If you are eating a clean, healthy diet, your body will feel better. An analogy for this is like fueling your car; if you want it to run well you need to put the best fuel in. Instead of hitting McDonald’s when you’re on the go, try to find a juice bar and snag a low calorie smoothie instead. These little adjustments in decision-making when it comes to food will make a huge difference in your quality of life. Reward yourself for eating healthy with one cheat meal a week.
And, of course, everything in moderation.
The key to any relationship is communication. Whether it be with loved ones, business partners or someone you meet on the street, the only way to properly convey how you’re feeling is to keep channels of communication open and clear.
Say what you feel and feel what you say.
Another factor in realizing and accomplishing your goals boils down to the company you keep. You are the average of the five closest people you surround yourself with, so be careful as to who you allow into your circle. Find people on the same energy level and vibration as you and operate together. Challenge each other to be better every day. Support each other and grow together. Help each other to cut out negative habits and increase positivity.
Habits are usually established after 30 days of consistency. Good habits are key in implementing and manifesting your goals. The key here is consistency. Don’t try to change your life in one day. Take it step by step and establish a plan that will allow you to get better each day. The more consistent you are, the steadier you will see improvements and results.
Again, a key factor in seeing these changes is to write them down. When you see them in the physical form, they become real. Break down each problem or goal and specify how you will go about executing on them. Don’t be vague. Use as much detail as possible so that you can hold yourself accountable. Having a partner make changes with you can also be helpful so that you can keep each other on track.
The key to becoming the best version of yourself is to replace bad habits with good ones. For example, if watching TV or smoking is your preferred way to relax, try meditating instead. This is a healthier, more beneficial way to accomplish the same end goal.
At the end of the day, YOU are in charge of your life. You are the only one who can make the changes you want to see. This is a great responsibility but an exciting one. Anyone can improve their situation if they believe that they can. The key is to write down your goals and work hard everyday to manifest and attain these goals.
Take care of your mind, body and soul and watch your life get better each day.
Manifest- to make clear or evident; to put beyond doubt or question
Consistency- steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form