New Year, Same Old You?

We’re now 2 weeks into the New Year and all that’s changed is that we’re in the middle of a snowstorm that seems to want to freeze the earth. How are you loving this winter weather? If you’re like me, you’ve used a few choice curse words to accentuate your frustration with shovelling for the one-hundredth time or scraping ice off your car so you can open the driver’s side door.

Where did all the positive energy of 2020 go? Well, like many people the energy quickly dissipates once we ring in the New Year with some celebrations or a night in with your favourite pj’s. Do you wonder how to keep your positive energy going for the entire 12 months? If you do, I’ve got some tips for you.

Write your goals

There is so much research on the power of writing out your goals – you’re 80% more likely to achieve them if you write them out. Even if you’re not a huge fan of journaling – you can spend a few minutes each day focusing on ONE thing that would take you closer to your goal. Writing it out helps to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind which will push you to make the choices that best serve that goal

Break it down into small chunks

I’m a big fan of setting really big audacious goals – I do it every year and for the most part I achieve them. My success doesn’t come from being special or having some superpower of any sort – it comes from breaking my big goal into really small chunks. So small that it seems kind of silly. This is the secret to getting those big goals done! Each small chunk takes you one step closer to where you want to be.

Focus on one thing at a time

Although we all want to be amazing multitaskers, the truth is that our brains are designed to go all-in on ONE thing at a time. We’ve adapted to being able to do many things at once, but if you want to maximize your brain – you need to focus on one thing at a time. Pick one thing that’s connected to your goal and go all-in on that one thing! Trust me – this works!

Celebrate the wins

Give yourself a break and celebrate all the wins. Even the small tiny ones that you think are insignificant. Positive reinforcement works! Reward yourself for staying focused on that one thing or for setting the goal, to begin with. Each step along the way deserves to be celebrated – the destination isn’t the payoff, it’s enjoying the process of getting there.

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