The beginning of the year is always special and pregnant with possibilities. Every year has the potential to be your best year yet if approached correctly from the start. As we enter what I hope will be the single best year of your life and mine yet, I want to leave you with some tips on how we can make this year amazing. 

Take advantage of your New Year motivation and take a moment to get in the proper mindset. Studies have shown that fewer than 20 percent of New Year’s resolutions are followed through, and then for only a limited time. But that moment of optimism is valuable, and you should take advantage of it. Set goals in this moment of optimism and follow through even when the spark is out. 


But first get closure on your previous year because, without this moment of self-reflection, it will be very difficult for you to determine where you are headed in the future and the reasons why you didn’t achieve all the goals you set from your previous year. The purpose of this isn’t to make you feel bad where you failed but to recognize where you are in the process so you can make an improved plan for moving forward, working on your dreams/ideas and staying on track.


There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas and dreams to the world. But not caring what people think is the only sure way to freedom, breakthrough and success. Not caring what people think is kind of its own hustle. It is a major key to excelling in life. You cannot afford to move into the New Year with that mindset of “what will people think” 


So, here are my 15 tips on how to make the most out of the new year:


  1. Reserve a seat for the critics and your own self-doubt in 2018. Go all out. Tell them, “I see you, I hear you, but I’m going to do this anyway.”
  2. Fears unfaced become your limitations. Therefore, don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, imperfect or misunderstood. Don’t be afraid of failure or trying new things.
  3. Release your need to be liked this New Year. You can’t be a visionary if you crave the applauses of people.
  4. Celebrate small victories, be grateful always. It takes a long time to achieve big goals.
  5. Remember that planting and harvest don’t happen in the same season
  6. Remember that critics are dreamers gone scared.
  7. Remember that every pioneer is first ridicule before they become respected
  8. Remember that the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts. The day you change your mind is the day you change your life.
  9. Follow your dreams. They make life worth living.
  10. Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results
  11. Read, read, read, read….Read great books. Personal development is key
  12. Do simple things like “smile at strangers, keep the promises you make to others – and to yourself”
  13. The project that most scares you is the project you need to do first.
  14. Take risk. The greatest risk is risk-free living and settling for average
  15. Surround yourself with great people. Seek and build relationships that will challenge, develop and transform you.


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2 Replies to “15 Tips On How To Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet. Number 5 & 7 are my Favorites”

  1. Absolutely Pat, that's a powerful declaration…though fear can never actually be non existent. Fear will always be there…even the great and mighty feel fear but the rule of thumb is to feel the fear and do it anyway. Wishing you all the best for 2018 Pat

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