The new year is our gift, a brand new chance to say goodbye to our last year’s bad habits & lost resolutions. It’s an opportunity to become the best versions of ourselves once again, so that we can do the same things much differently than we did 9 months ago.
Oh Yes! it’s that time of year again where we get use hearing...
“It’s a new year & this year, is going to be my year!”
Don’t believe in new year’s resolutions? Great! I’m writing this post just for you as revolutionary statement against redundant resolutions. Believe in making yearly resolutions? Well then this one's for you too.
You can call it whatever you want; personal resolutions, life goals or career aspirations. End of the day we all just want to be in the right mindset to own the the start of a new year.
Now we can all start with the right mindset but the challenge comes in keeping that mindset consistent throughout the year, with all the suffocating noise from the realities around us. Every year can easily become another roller coaster ride of ups & downs.
So I’m writing this post to share 3 new strategies that I’ll be using to get me through another year of our crazy lives.
First of all let’s clear the air on this New Year, New Me, BS.
I’ll be human and admit that it is not easy keep the same mindset for the whole entire year. We’ve all jumped on that starting hype at some point (including me), where everyone embraces the momentum for change in the initial first few months of the year. Then somewhere along those first few months, life hits us in the face again & we are back at where we started the year before.
You give up on your daily workout because you had a longer day at work or you have that cigarette on break because, shit.. life is just stressing the hell out of you right now!
BOOM! Old habits can hit you just like that. Then the next thing you know, you end up waiting for another new year to start back on those broken promises to yourself.
Like anything in our life, if we want to see change, we just need to keep working at it. It’s not easy to keep the right mindset throughout the year but it is easy to accept failure by giving up on what we started.
My strategy here is to have a reset button. Don’t just reset at the start of the year, reset every single time you fail so you can stop failing in long run. It’s only called New Year, New Me BS because we give up on working towards our new self before the year even ends.
Whenever shit hits the fan for us this year, let’s hit the reset button & work at it again no matter how long it takes us!
Secondly Let’s talk about the importance of a Vision.
If you want to own the year, then you need to have a badass vision for how you’re going to step our game up from the year before. If you haven’t spent the end of your last year reflecting on your highs & lows, then spend the start of your new year making sense of what you we able to accomplish.
Within the last 6 years, I’ve spent my new year’s eve in 6 different countries, waking up to life in a total different reality every single year.
I had a different set of eyes to look at the world with but & I could also see that the new year’s hangover from each new country pretty much felt the same.
Only by looking back on my previous years could I have had the vision to not drink my way into yet another new year. Yes! bringing in the new year sober can be Badassery indeed!
So this is where you to bust out the pen & paper or the digital note option to look back at your past year. Hell, you can go back even further if you like. Try to summarize that year in a sentence or a catch phrase that makes sense to you. Now ask yourself what will the title of this year be for you, based on those chapters of your previous years?
For example after looking back & reflecting on my past year, I’ve proclaimed that 2016 is the year I make my work
Once you’ve developed your new year proclamation or power phrase, take the first two weeks to really map out & massage in the tangible goals that are attached to you living for our new year stance.
The strategy here is that whenever we get lost in direction somewhere along the year, we can look back at our vision like it’s a guiding compass.
A vision doesn’t mean nothing, if you can’t back it up. So don’t forget to create those goals so we can measure how badass we really are.
Lastly let’s talk about living an extraordinary year.
You know that quote that goes something like “if your dreams don’t scare you, then you’re probably not dreaming big enough.”
Well for us perpetual dreamers, there are times that we’ve dreamed big enough to accomplish what we thought unimaginable and now we are left asking “how on earth am I possibly going to top this?”
Since starting this world tour, I’ve trained Mixed Martial Arts in 4 different countries last year. Now I’m not necessarily training to become an Ultimate Fighting Championship contender but I do really enjoy being able to have a sport or adventure based activity that make my life a memorable one.
However the question still remains, how do I take this to the next level?
Well the answer has been quite simple if we are willing to accept the challenge to do more. In my case I look at what’s the next gradual step to what I’m currently doing or I ask myself what’s the next craziest thing I could add to my life that works with my new year vision & goals?
For example leveling up could mean I compete in an exhibition fight, or the next craziest thing I could add on to my life that works with my vision for physical fitness and endurance could possibly be training for the Ironman race perhaps.
The real fun in living legendary comes in finding new things that can make your goals or resolutions even more interesting to take on. So be ambitious in your dreams as there is nothing more beautiful than dreaming about the possibilities of achieving your own greatness.
The takeaway strategy here is for us to do the things that give us life profit by making us realize how every new year is another year to get back to chasing those dreams from where we left off the year before.
Go ahead I dare you to make your year legendary!
Yes it’s a new year, but it’s the same me & I’m just in a different country, coming at you with a different strategy.
Every new year is chance to kickstart that fire inside you again incase it was starting fade out in your past 12 months. Not all years start off the same way, some start off great and some start off rough. We can’t control what life will hand us but we can control how we choose to live regardless of what year it is.
Wishing all you dreamers & hard knock leaders the very best for a badass year ahead!
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