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Steps to Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever

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It’s amazing how fast this year has gone by. I have heard so many times over the years that the older you get, the faster time seems to go by. I have found that to be very true. This is truly a great reminder that if you are not careful, life can quickly pass you by.

As we reflect on the new year, the question I pose for you is, “Do you want to be on the sidelines watching your life go by, or do you want to be in control of your life and your destiny?”

As we begin the new year, I would like to give you five steps to make this your best year ever.

1) Take an inventory of last year.

Take a detailed and honest look back at 2017—at the good and not so good parts. Acknowledge your growth, accomplishments, and experiences; do this in all areas of your life.

Take a look at your career, finances, health, relationships, and personal growth.

If you didn’t accomplish what you wanted to, do not get down on yourself. Now is your new beginning. While you’re going over these areas, look for areas to celebrate. Find things that you are proud of.

Acknowledge some of your biggest accomplishments. Look at all your failures as learning experiences. Remember that we are all under construction, and growing is part of living.

2) Set up a plan for success.

As you review the previous year, consider some things that you would like to change for the new year and things that you would like to continue doing. Identify the behaviors and activities that truly made you successful last year and consider how you might repeat them this year.

Focus on the things that you can change and improve upon. Stop the activities that are not working for you or that are simply not adding value to your life. As you make a plan for success this year, consider what support you might need. Make the decision to surround yourself with positive and successful people that have the same dreams and aspirations as you.

3) Take a look ahead into the future.

Use the full power of your imagination. Take a look at the year ahead. How do you want your year to be? What if it could be exactly as you want it to be?

Write out exactly what it would look like, how it would make you feel, and who will be with you along your journey. Visualize yourself being very successful.

Make sure you get very clear on your vision. Write out your success story and put a title on it.

4) Set SMART goals.

In order to have success, it’s a step-by-step process. There are no shortcuts. This is why it’s important to have specific and measurable goals so you can gain clarity and focus.

Simple—Write it out in 10 words or less.

Measurable—This is something you have control over. It also must be very meaningful.

As if now—Start talking in the present. Assume your success.
Realistic—Many people give up on their goals too early because they are simply not realistic goals.

Timely—Make sure you have a target date so you can work towards what you want.

5) Take action.

There are no secret formulas to success. It’s all about taking action and being persistent and consistent. Each and every day, make sure you are doing the proper steps that will help you move toward the direction of your goals. Take small steps in this direction, and you will find big results over time.

I believe that we can make 2018 our best year ever. Make the decision to do it in every phase of your life.

Life is absolutely amazing and awesome! Make sure you enjoy the journey. Be an encouragement to others. Be a blessing to each person that you encounter. Make each person’s day brighter and better because of meeting you.

Have a super-fantastic-dynamite, exciting 2018!

Happy Fantastic New Year!

RICH NORTON