How To Still Make 2017 Your Standout Year

I think a lot about making this year better than the last.

But lately, something’s hit me. What about making the year better than – the next one, and the one after that, and so on? After all, if all we ever do is base our improvement on what’s already happened, then we’re severely limiting our perspective.

This year could be the year that changes your life forever. It could galvanize who you are in a way no other time has or will – in your lifetime.

Yet, none of that will happen if your perspective is based solely on improving on what you’ve already accomplished.

By comparing your year to what it was last year, it’s easy to make small changes. Instead of creating a revolution in the way you lead your life, you’re only likely to create a mere evolution.

–        Go to the gym a little more frequently
–        Pitch more clients and apply for more jobs to improve your salary
–        Spend more days out with your family

“If this was the best year of my life, what would have to happen?” ~ Brian Tracy.

Whatever the case may be, even if you decide to step things up by a huge amount, because you’re only using last year as your template for what this year could be, you’ll likely only improve by 5-50%.

But if you look beyond what you’ve already accomplished, you’ll be in a much more empowered position to reach your full potential.

Last year, for instance, I only wrote eleven articles on self-improvement. If i try to build on that, then I might only try to double that at most this year. But if I drop the model of linear growth, I can force myself to jump into a position that allows me to take a ‘quantum leap’.

Under this model, if I consider that I may be 10x as prolific in three years, there’s nothing stopping me from attempting it this year. And even if I don’t reach it, I’ll be better off by the end because I would have attempted to do more than I otherwise would have.

Introduce New Technologies into your Life

Archimedes once said: “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

With the aid of technology, you can make your goals easier to achieve. Whether it’s with a new laptop that allows you to accomplish your work faster, or something as simple as listening to the right music for your productivity.

The more you can introduce levers in your life, the easier building momentum will be.

You don’t always need to work harder to get more of what you want. Instead, consider and purchase the right physical and digital technologies -so that you move towards where you want to go, more easily.

Summary

Making progress based on what you’ve experienced last year is a step in the right direction. But looking at the past keeps you tunneled in. Looking into the future makes you think outside the box and act on outlandish possibilities.

Getting to where you want to go this year doesn’t have to be hard. Start comparing your present to your vision of the future – and make the necessary adjustments.

My Last Words

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Optimism Aids Success

In life, you are forever full of choices. You may choose to have a pessimist’s view and live a self-defeated life or you may choose to take the optimist’s route and have a challenging and fulfilling life.

Optimists expect the greatest. They tend to think defeat is just a fleeting delay, that its causes are confined to this one case.

Optimists tend to center on and plan for the ‘difficulty’ at hand. In other words, they most likely reinterpret an off-putting experience in a way that helps them discover and mature. Such people are unfazed by a bad situation, they perceive it as a challenge and try harder.

Bright expectancies of optimists also forecast better reactions during transitions to new environments, unexpected tragedies and unlikely turn of events. If they fall, they will stand up. They see opportunities instead of obstacles.

People react positively to optimists. Optimists are upbeat and less dependent on others for their happiness. They find no need to control or influence people. They usually draw people towards them. Their optimistic view of the world can be catching and influence those they are with.

Optimism seems a socially desirable trait in all communities. Those who share optimism are generally accepted while those who spread gloom, panic and hysteria are treated unfavorably.

When the going gets tough, optimists get tougher. Pessimists are more likely to quit trying when difficulties arise. Optimists typically maintain higher levels of subjective well being during times of stress than do people who are less optimistic
They persevere. They just don’t give up easily, they are also known for their patience. Inching their way a step closer to that goal or elusive dream.

Optimists are healthier and live longer. Medical research has justified that simple pleasures and a positive attitude can cause a considerable boost in the body’s ability to fight disease.

Why Healthy Eating Trends Are Hitting The Mainstream

In an environment bombarded with ads about cholesterol-rich fast food fare and cheap junk foods, the good thing is that healthy eating trends care slowly holding their own, and are even changing the minds of more people. As more and more individuals are becoming knowledgeable about nutrition and healthy eating, they’re slowly pushing alternative healthy eating ideas into the mainstream of society.

A recent European study has indicated that more consumers are beginning to notice that their food choices are making a big difference not only to their health, but to their environment and the countryside as well. Here are some of the popular healthy eating lifestyles a\that are quickly gaining more adherents.

Organic Food

The organic food market is fast growing today, and more organic food items are widely available, as compared to what it was ten or fifteen years ago. The range of organic food choices are also increasing, because now it’s easy to find items like organic ketchup, organically-grown wheat and rice, and fertilizer or pesticide-free fruits and other food items. The organic food market is expected to grow tenfold in the coming years, and is definitely here to stay.

Vegetarianism

Years back, the path to vegetarianism was a lonely and arduous once. Today however, the market for vegetarian foods is fast becoming more prevalent, and the choices have also tripled, or even quadrupled. Most restaurants have vegetarian options, and there’s even a thing called haute vegetarian cuisine. Going vegetarian is being viewed by many as a great way for reducing your carbon footprint, as well as for maintaining a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. And since many frown on the harmful effects of meat production on our land and water resources, becoming a vegetarian is seen as a positive contribution towards the wise use of our planet’s resources.

Raw Food Diets

The raw food sector is also growing b y leaps and bounds today. More food options and recipes are being developed and marketed, and raw food is no more viewed as a bland and flavorless choice. More kitchen gadgets and raw food serving options are available a swell, and raw food culinary experts are also fast becoming popular, and are forging a blazing path towards food creativity.

More food companies and retailers have also jumped on the bandwagon of healthy eating. These companies see promoting healthy foods as a profitable venture, and this could drastically alter the way we eat, and what we eat as well. More manufacturing firms and food service establishments are beginning to understand that a rising number of individuals are more concerned about being obese, or are worried about getting diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney failure, stroke and others.

More people too are putting extra premium on being fit and trim, and are slowly shying away from junk foods and high-fat fast food fare.

Reaching Your Goals Begins Here

Most people perform better when they are heading toward a goal. But it is important to understand that the goals must motivate. If your goals leave you feeling inadequate, stressed out, or over-worked, then you will lack the motivation to complete them.

Goals that motivate have specific characteristics:

* Clarity. Clear goals are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART). When a goal is clear and specific, people know what needs to be done and what is expected.

* Challenge. We are often motivated by achievement, so we’ll judge a goal by how difficult we perceive it to be. If it is too easy, we won’t give it as much attention and energy. However, if it demands us to stretch ourselves in order to achieve the recognition of a job well done, we are more likely to be motivated to excel.

* Commitment. For goal setting to be effective, the goals need to be agreed upon and understood. While this doesn’t mean you negotiate every goal with every employee, there is value in engaging the people working towards the goal in crafting it. When we help to create the stretch goal, we are more connected to the challenge and more willing to commit. The harder the goal, the more commitment is needed.

* Task Complexity. For goals that are highly complex, we have to not only give people sufficient time to meet the goal, but actually provide the time to practice or learn skills that are necessary for success. The purpose of goal setting is successful achievement, so you have to be careful that the conditions around the goal support that success rather than stifle it.

* Feedback. Incorporating feedback into the goal setting process allows for expectations to be clarified, difficulty to be adjusted, and recognition given. In particular, when a goal is long-term in nature, it’s important to set benchmarks that help people gauge their success and see their achievement.

Once the goals are defined, each goal should be “drilled down” with specific objectives and measures. Objects can be thought of as the yardstick; measures can be thought of as the exact location on the yardstick of each goal area; and both short-term and long-term objectives and measures should be defined.

When determining your objectives and measures it can be helpful to ask, “How will we know when this goal is achieved?” “What, exactly, will be different around here when the goal is attained?”

I appreciate this simple statement from Sir Edmund Hillary: “You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”