Because last year was really hard. Let’s have a dynamic 2021!
If you heaved a sigh of relief when the final minutes of 2020 finally passed, you are not alone. Collectively, we can all say it was a really stinky year. But your 2021 could be the best year you have had in a really long time. The year everything falls into place for you. And you can make that happen. How do I know this? Because things can’t get much worse than this past year was for me--and I am filled with hope. You can be too.
Follow these simple tips to make 2021 the best year ever. No, it’s not click bait. I am being quite serious. After losing nearly everything in 2020, my career and my personal life are on track to make 2021 the most successful year I have had—ever! As a productivity and positivity professional, I’ve got some tidbits you can use to polish up last year’s nosedive into a remarkable new year full of growth and prosperity.
Let’s get into it, shall we? Make 2021 Your Best Year Ever!
Apply Some Grit
The old adage says if you want something you’ve got to work for it. I say it has more to do with grit than hard work. It’s about digging deep and finding the strongest parts of yourself. It is about taking an honest look at your own strengths and weaknesses--and then doing the hard work.
2021 can be your year if you apply hearty grit to your life and honest determination to reach your goals. How bad do you want it? How easily are you deterred? Set your sites on where you want to be by the end of the year and dig deep. This year is yours to make of it what you will.
Fix Your Attitude
Nothing soils all of your efforts more quickly than a terrible attitude. How you perceive and interpret the world around you has an enormous impact on both your happiness and your success. Even when everything is not going so great, if you choose to look for the good in all circumstances, your winning attitude will make you a winner.
Improve Your Health
You don’t have to go all” gym-rat” to improve your health this year. Make no mistake here; when you feel better, you perform better. Respect your own body and mind. Feed them well. Care for them well. Set yourself a few small goals to improve your health and it will improve your overall quality of life. You want a good year? It starts with your health.
You’ve heard the warnings from people who battle all kinds of health issues—at least you have your health, they say. Never, ever take your health for granted. Make that appointment to check that thing that’s bothering you. Talk with your doctor about ways you can improve your physical and mental health. Commit yourself to improving your health this year so you will be strong and well to tackle anything that comes your way with clarity, endurance, and resolve.
Take Charge of Your Finances
Accomplish more of your goals by taking care of some of your financial woes. Over 77% of Americans say they worry about their finances. Much of that worry can be alleviated by making a few conservative decisions regarding how you spend your money and handle your paychecks.
- Get rid of nickel-and-dime charges that come with the convenience of monthly fees. Your car insurance, for example. Pay it once a year instead of month-by-month and save dollars. Set reminders on your phone or computer to remind you of due dates for all of your bills so you never pay a late fee. These fees add up and cost you over the course of a year.
- Get rid of superfluous subscriptions and loose spending. Analyze your spending over the course of a month using an app such as Truebill to find ways you are wasting your hard-earned dollars.
- Find creative ways to create passive income streams. (Work smarter not harder!)
- Prioritize your financial goals and set a few goals to work toward for the year. Making wise financial choices creates both stability and good self-esteem.
- Work on your credit score. Make this the year you reach the credit score of your dreams by working with apps such as Credit Karma or with a financial adviser to negotiate your outstanding debt with creditors.
- Stop spending above your living means. If you must put it on credit—you may not really need it. Save up for the things you need and overall you’ll save a ton of money. (This is about accumulating wealth rather than earn-a-living mindset.)
Stop Bowing Down
What are you bowing down to that isn’t serving your highest goals?
Bad relationships? The fear of hurting other people’s feelings? A party lifestyle? Addictions? Whatever has chains around your heart and mind—it is time to let it go.
If it takes therapy—get it. Freedom is within your reach and likely it’s on the very same path toward your greatest successes.
Learn From Greatness
Speaking of great successes, there are people out there who are masters at what they do. You’d do well to find some of these mentors and learn all you can from them. What is working for them? How are they accomplishing things that you yourself would like to accomplish? You can learn a lot in the shadow of great mentors.
Invest in Yourself
A wise person once told me if you do not invest in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to invest in you? I agree.
This past week I purchased two writing courses to invest in myself. As a successful, full time working writer, why do I need to go back to “writing school”? Because we should never be done learning. We should never stop looking for ways to improve ourselves. We should strive for excellence in ourselves. You cannot control many things in this life, but you can commit to growing, learning, and expanding on the skills you have. Remind yourself—this will pay off.
One of my favorite movie quotes is from the 2008 Shyamalan film The Happening: "Ain't no time two people staring at each other, or standing still, loving both with their eyes are equal. Truth is, someone is chasing someone. That's the way we's built. So, who's chasing?" In short, life is entirely too short to lie to yourself about something that is right in front of your face. People chase after things. Sometimes those things are (people or relationships or addictions or whatever) unhealthy for us and we waste a lot of our time chasing after them.
Instead of chasing after things that aren’t right for you, chase after a better life for yourself. An elevated you.
Spend Time in Nature
It is a fact that spending time in nature impacts our health in largely positive ways. You don’t have to go camping and dig your own latrine to get the fresh air and sunshine your body is designed to need. Simply take a walk. If there is only one tree on your entire block—walk to that.
Create a small outdoor space for you to sit for a few minutes each day (with no electronic intrusions) and simply rest. Rest is beneficial for our health and doing it in a natural space is even better. Let the soothing, healing, restorative power of nature keep your body, mind, and spirit ready to embrace life at the fullest. It is good to be reminded daily of our biological and earthly existence, brief and precious, so we appreciate each breath we take.
Get Real About Gratitude
A life of gratitude means that no matter what you accomplish or what you attain in your life, your heart is happy just beating within your chest. All else is negotiable. Really, you can do without much in your life and still be a very happy person. Practice gratitude exactly where you are, even when things are tough, and you will experience a state of mindfulness and appreciativeness that serves you well in all circumstances.
Making 2021 Your Best Year Ever
Is about a whole-life approach to self-improvement. If you make small changes to each of these 10 areas of your life, you can make 2021 a fantastic year of growth for yourself. Why not try and make 2021 the best year you’ve had in a really long time? Take that 2020!