It’s a rather cliche saying this time of year, and while the intention is great, it’s really too generalized to be much good. What does help is defining what you want to achieve specifically this year. Sometimes thinking in terms of a year is a daunting task, so if that’s the case for you, or if you just want some tips to possibly make this year more awesome, keep reading.

New Month, New Mantra
A month is a more manageable amount of time in comparison to a year. It helps to take year long goals and break them down into monthly targets. Once you have targets set, making a mantra for the month can help keep you focused. Pick the target you want to pay the most attention to that month, and create a mantra that moves you to take action, maintain a positive attitude, or simply makes you feel good. “Exercise gives me great energy” is a marvelous mantra for someone who wants to focus on fitness goals, for example. “I appreciate all the abundance in my life” is a great phrase for someone striving towards financial goals. What mantra would you create for the month ahead?

New Week, New Speak
With the month’s mantra set, the next stepping stone is to set yourself up for a great week. Looking at your yearly goals and monthly targets, what could you do this week to help you achieve those things? Even without goals, one thing that always helps move you forward is paying attention to your language and how you speak to yourself and others. If you haven’t already eliminated “can’t” from your vocabulary, make the effort this week to stop yourself every time you say it and change the wording to “won’t” or “choose not to.” This shift keeps you out of victim mode and makes you realize that you always have a choice. You CAN do things, you may just choose not to, and that’s ok. What’s not ok is to disempower yourself with words without thinking about them. Words are very powerful, and if you’ve already stopped saying “can’t,” pay attention to other things you say and work to keep your words positive.

New Day, New Way
Every day that you wake up, you have the opportunity to do things as you’ve always done them, or do them differently. Keep doing things that work for you, but if you have found something that doesn’t seem to be working for you, why not try to find a new way? Perhaps improving your fitness is a goal for you, but you don’t consistently manage to complete a workout during the day. If that’s true for you, what’s a new way you could approach exercise? Maybe it’s doing your workout first thing in the morning, or finding an exercise buddy and setting an appointment to meet. There are many ways to achieve our goals, and if the current way is not working for you, why not try a new way?

New Hour, New Power
Even when you have goals set, mantras to help you maintain a positive mindset, language that empowers you, and ways of doing things that usually work well for you, you can still have “one of those days.” When that happens, there’s always tomorrow, right? True, and you can also allow yourself to feel what you’re feeling until the next hour. With the new hour, perhaps you can find new power.

One of my mentors, Jack Canfield, learned and subscribes to an hour of power each day: 20 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of reading and 20 minutes of meditation. They don’t have to be done in that order, and I maintain that they don’t even have to be done for 20 minutes. If you find yourself in a funk, even doing 20 seconds of jumping jacks, 20 seconds of reading a favorite quote or Bible verse, and 20 seconds of meditation or prayer can really turn things around for you. Take longer if you like, but the point is you have the power to change the direction of your day.

New Minute, Now Begin It!
Every minute of every day you have the opportunity to begin again. You actually have that option every second, but I like the phrase, “new minute, now begin it!”

When you have goals and plans and you start working towards them, but somehow get off track, there’s a tendency to wait for tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year to “start over.” Why wait? If you have an ideal weight goal and you eat a brownie, first, I hope you enjoyed the brownie. Second, don’t tell yourself you failed and might as well eat more. So you ate a brownie?!? What will you choose next? You have a new minute, now begin it. Choose what empowers you and gets you back on track right now.

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