Let’s make 2017 your best year yet! So, if you’re like so many others, we’ve developed a few bad habits over the years. The good part is that we usually are well aware of what those habits are. The best part is we have an ability to change them. If you want to make 2017 your best year, it’s going to take replacing those bad habits with new ones. You’ve heard the saying that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. I suppose it’s true, but I’ve never counted, however, I’m willing to give it a try. How about you? All it takes is a little willpower and consistency.
Here’s a good place to start. Find a quiet spot where you can do have some uninterrupted time to yourself. Pull out a sheet of paper and grab a pen… no, not your tablet, but a real piece of paper. Reflect back on some of the time-wasters that turned into bad habits. Write all of them down. Even if one doesn’t seem to have much significance, write it down anyway. It may lead you to something else that needs to be included on your list.
Next, think about why you do this thing so often. What does it satisfy or what does it replace? How would your life be different if you let it go? What could you replace it with? This is a great journaling opportunity. Just start writing and let it fly on its own. Don’t think too hard or too long. Write everything that comes to mind.
Those good habits can make 2017 your best year if you keep them up.
You want to make changes and you want to make changes that last. Some habits are not so good, but there are those that can cause improvement. When you find yourself constantly engaging in those things that are helping you to reach your goal, don’t stop. It should be just as easy to identify what those good habits are. We’ve heard it time and time again–when something is working, there’s no need to change it; just do more of it.
What are some habits that you’ve developed over the years (especially last year) that have brought improvement to your life? Think about those habits and make sure that you keep them in your arsenal of activity.
What did you learn in 2016 that can make a difference in your 2017?
What have you done with what you’ve learned? Hopefully, you haven’t stashed it away on a shelf so it can collect dust. You can’t make 2017 your best year if you don’t continue to develop and grow in areas where you need to step it up a bit. No bashing here. We all have areas where we could add just a little more shine in a particular area, and that’s okay.
There’s never been anything wrong with the old, “wash-rinse-repeat” cycle. It’s worked for years. However, if you should happen to have stumbled upon something that works a little better that what you’ve been doing, don’t be afraid of it. If you tried it and it turned out to be a good thing, keep it up. It can become one of those habits that you just might want to hold onto.
So, let’s remember these few simple tips:
- To make 2017 your best year, decide what habits you’ve latched onto that you need to let go of.
- Find one bad habit that you can replace with a good one.
- Come up with a good and honest reason why changing these habits are necessary.
- Put in writing what the bad habit has done, then write down what the benefit of the good habit will be.
- Find someone you trust to hold you accountable to letting go of the bad habit and continuing with the good one
These few simple tips can make a huge different in making 2017 your best year yet. I want you to be able to look back 3 months, 6 months, 12 months from now and be able to see the difference in how your year is shaping up. I want you to be proud of your accomplishments and the changes you’ve made. It’s not hard. It only takes one step at a time, and I know you can do it.
So, grab that paper and pen and start writing. And if you’d like, we love for you to share your progress. Start by letting us know that you wrote the list. It’s the first step to truly making a difference and making 2017 your best year ever!