Set These 4 Goals Now to Make 2020 Your Sharpest, Healthiest and Best Year Yet

Set These 4 Goals Now to Make 2020 Your Sharpest, Healthiest and Best Year Yet

via Inc.com by Wanda Thibodeaux

As the year wraps up, you have a decision to make–do you want to continue as you are, or do you want to proactively make the next 12 months better than ever for your happiness and health?

If you answered in favor of improvements but aren’t sure where to start, review this list of top actions you can start working on right now.

  1. Identify and attack toxicity.
    The two basic ways to continually weed out most forms of toxicity for health and mental clarity are to set clear boundaries and to replace new habits with old ones. For the former, make sure that you explain why you want the boundary (the benefit) and offer a means to adopt a new alternative. For the latter, find your ultimate “why,” make sure your environment is conducive to the new habit, and create and implement a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achieveable, Realistic, Timely), step-by-step action plan for how to move forward.

In both cases, focus on just one area at a time, and start small to build your confidence. Be prepared for pushback from others, and stick to your guns. Self-compassion, patience and a willingness to learn from mistakes and try again are all critical.

  1. Make swaps.
    Routines are hard to break, but often you can gain drastic physical, mood and cognitive benefits simply from tweaking what you already do. For example, if you always have toast and jam for breakfast, buy whole wheat bread, not white. Find one small “boost” to give yourself each week. Do that every week and you’ll have shifted 52 factors in your life for the better by the end of the year.

If you choose your swaps well, they can improve the physical function necessary for energy and focus, make it easier to manage distractions or stress, and even save you money you can invest in new ideas or additional self-development…

… keep reading HERE for more tips on health, happiness and success in 2020!