How to Change Your Life in a Year

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Busyness is a death sentence for your goals.

If you sat down with the “you” from a year ago, would they be happy about what you have accomplished?

This is something I ask myself every birthday.

I realized that I have been so caught up in the day-to-day that I have let good habits slip to the wayside, losing my focus on the long-term.

It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. – Seneca

Putting out fires every single day will get you a mediocre life at best within a year. The problem is, everyone around you is always dealing with their own emergencies.

If you wake up and check your phone, e-mail, or social media sites first thing in the morning, you will be dealt a whole plate of everyone else’s problems.

One habit I have been trying to implement is to not check e-mail until I’m done with the most important things first thing in the morning. It’s a tough habit to break, but after a few weeks of testing, I’m realizing I get far more things done first thing as opposed to the day where I deal with everyone else’s problems.

Deciding What You Want

The hardest part about changing your life in a year is deciding what you actually want.

Everyone wants to find their burning passion in life. The problem is, you will rarely find your problem by thinking about it, you have to get out there in the world and see what makes you feel the best.

Every passion I have in life was discovered by accidentally stumbling upon it. I could have never sat around and just decided that I liked to help people live healthier lives, I had to get my hands dirty with training first.

When people ask me how to find a new goal, I tell them to try new things. As we get older, it gets harder. We feel awkward trying to navigate through new things whereas children throw themselves into the wonder of it all. Remember: a safe life won’t leave a legacy behind.

If you don’t know what you want out of life, list ten things you have always wanted to try but were too scared to try before.

If you already know what you want, you must set audacious goals. They should scare you and excite you at the same time.

Always stay focused on getting out into the world and serving people. You will never discover your life’s calling by thinking about it, you’ll only discover it through the actions you take.

The Secret to Success

The secret to achieving those audacious goals sits within the habits you form. If you want to publish a book, you have to write every single day. If you want to lose weight, you must do something active every single day.

Some people say it’s better to do things 3 or 4 times a week, but I wholeheartedly disagree. It’s much easier to break a habit when you only do it so often as opposed to every single day. It’s easier to keep something in motion as opposed to starting something in motion.

Serendipity comes when we’re working every day toward something we want. When I write every day, more opportunities come my way. When I lift every day, better things happen in my business.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. – Paulo Coelho

You will fall off the wagon. Some days will be harder than others. It’s your ability to get back up that will determine the life you have a year from now.

Most people go through life without achieving any big goals. They think some day this magical life they dream about will fall into their lap. That doesn’t happen.

I fall into this trap myself thinking I can start these projects, goals, and habits later on instead of realizing that right now is the only thing that matters.

What is the most important thing to you this year? Leave a comment!

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