5 Secrets To Live Your Best Life Every Year

J.R. Heimbigner


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I believe this year can be the best year of your life. Every year, I remind myself of that reality. When we start a new year, it is a year of endless possibilities. This year, 2021, is no different for you and me. However, this year you have the chance to make your desires and dreams become reality.

How do I know this? Because we live in a time when so many things are possible. And in years past, I have had the best year of my life. Many of my dreams and desires started to become reality. I want to share with you the five secrets I found to live your best life this year.

1. Focus and Believe

If we have a focus and believe that we can accomplish our dreams and desires, we can make them happen.

“Your focus determines your reality.” — Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars, The Phantom Menace

Every year I examine my priorities. What is most important for this year? As I review those priorities, I rank what is most important to least important. At this time, I might even take something off of my list. Reducing the list of priorities can help me focus in accomplishing my other priorities. How do we decide our priorities?

To define what our priorities are we must decide what is most important in our lives. And then, we must imagine what those priorities would look like in the future. If they don’t matter to you in the future, they don’t matter now.

Lastly, you must believe you can accomplish that vision of the future that you have for your priorities. Start acting as if you are living those priorities out now. That is the first secret to living your best life now.

2. Plan and Schedule

If we create a plan and schedule regular times to make that plan happen, we can accomplish our dreams and desires.

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” — George S. Patton

It is so easy for us to get bogged down in this secret. We need to remember the quote above, a good plan to start is better than a perfect plan we don’t take action on today. We need to learn to make plans that are organic, always changing as we learn more about ourselves and see our dreams and desires to come to reality. The best plans to make in our lives start out with being able to take action and then adapting those plans along the way.

Start with a life plan, for more on that, read this article. It shares how we create a life plan from our priorities, and learn to take the next actions. The next action after a life plan is to create goals for your year. And then to create the plan to accomplish these goals. This secret takes time. But it will be the best investment of your time you can make if you want 2018 to be your best year ever.

3. Act and Review

If we take the next action time after time and then review periodically, we can accomplish our dreams and desires.

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” — Confucius

When we start acting on our good plan we will find along the way bumps in the road or things that are not working. This is natural. The resistance you begin to experience is the first fire of your resolve. Many times, we need to adjust our action steps to still achieve our goals. However, we wouldn’t know that we need to adjust action steps without taking action.

This is why we review periodically. I typically review my life plan quarterly, and my goals weekly and monthly throughout the year. This has been one of the secrets no one had ever explained to me about making this year the best life yet. When we review and make changes to our plans, we can take better action toward living our best life now.

4. Commit and Account

When we make a commitment and find people to keep us accountable, we can accomplish our dreams and desires.

“There is no abiding success without commitment.” — Tony Robbins

While every other secret is essential to living our best life, if we cannot truly commit to living our best life and having accountability, we will go nowhere. Commitment in living your best life is saying yes to the important things and say no in advance to the unimportant things. It is what will separate you from your best year ever and your worst year ever.

Accountability is how you will live up to your commitment to the best year ever. It is done in a small group of trusted people who will cheer you on when things are good. And pick you up when things get tough. Without accountability, you will not stick to your commitments, priorities, and plans. This one secret of commitment and accountability will prove your dreams and desires.

5. Achieve and Celebrate

When we achieve little goals, dreams, and desires, we must celebrate our victories so we continue to accomplish our dreams and desires.

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey

Here is the secret that keeps me pushing forward. Instead of merely achieving a dream or goal and moving onto the next one, I take a moment to celebrate. This year, I accomplished five of my six goals for the year. And each time, I celebrated the achievement and reflected on how I was able to complete the goal or dream. It was in these times of reflection and celebration where I learned I could do more than just those goals.

It was in those times of reflection that I would be able to step out and see my dreams more clearly than ever before. And most of all, I celebrated my appreciation of seeing a dream and a desire to come true. Without taking the time to celebrate, I wouldn’t be inspired to go further than what I thought possible.

Final Thoughts

Last year might have been hard. In fact, you might have felt like you went backward in life. Well, that is fine. There is nothing you can do about last year. There is only what you can do about this year. So, if last year sucked and this year has started out hard, it's time for you to decide whether or not you will let this year be like last.

It is 100% your decision.

If you focus on some of the ideas above, you can turn your year around and make 2021 your best year yet. Start here. Right now. You can decide to turn your year around and live the best year you have ever lived in 2021. As I said, it is up to you though.

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