Be the best you in 2017 {5 tips to make this your best year yet}

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ah, a new year is upon us. 
There's something that feels so awesome and invigorating about the thought of a clean slate and a fresh start. 

I'm not one to set resolutions, I prefer to focus on goals. 
Resolutions tend to be these big ideas that don't have much of a plan to back them up. I like to set goals with a clear cut path of steps for how I plan to achieve my end result.  

I have BIG plans for this year!
Both in my personal life and for my business.
I truly believe we should ALWAYS be learning and growing, otherwise what's the point?
I believe in progress, not perfection. I think that we all can be a little bit better than we are now, in one way or another. 
Here are a few ideas for what you can do to make 2017 your best year yet!


1. Personal Development 
I never in my life paid any attention to personal development books or videos until last year.
They're for people with issues, right?
Wrong.
Nothing gets me more fired up than reading 10-15 minutes of personal development in the morning or afternoon. If I'm feeling unmotivated or sluggish this will quickly snap me out of my funk, I swear. Sometimes I read books focused on business, sometimes I read books more focused on family or personal life. Nothing bad can come from trying to improve yourself! I already finished my first book of 2017, Emily Ley's Grace Not Perfection and I loved it. It was the perfect book to kick off the year with and it truly felt like I was chatting with a best friend over coffee who just gets me.

2. Set quarterly goals
12 months is a really long time. If you set one big goal for the whole year without small goals to help you get there, chances are you won't get to where you want to be. 
Try focusing on the first 3 months of this year, January through March. That seems a lot more manageable, doesn't it? 

3. Take a chance
If you want to make things happen, you've got to take action.
If you never take a chance on anything, how can you expect to see change?
We all need to move out of our comfort zones every now and then, it's the only way we can grow. 
Towards the end of last year I took a chance and became a Beachbody coach, and I saw more growth within myself that last quarter of 2016 (both on the inside and out) than I had the entire year! Pushing myself out of my comfort zone and taking that leap of faith changed everything. 

4. Tell me what you want, what you really really want
What do you want out of life? Seriously, take a minute to think about it. What is currently stopping you? What are steps you can take to get to where you want to be?
You have to figure out your goals before you can set your goals.
What really lights your fire? 

5. Buddy System
Finding someone with similar goals and aspirations and joining forces to support each other can be an amazing thing.
Trying to grow your blog? Find a community of like minded people (Facebook is a great place) and see if there's anyone who has similar goals as you.
Trying to build your business? Find someone in a similar field to bounce ideas off of and relate to.
Trying to lose weight? Find a partner who can help keep you accountable and motivated!

Sometimes changing little things can make a big impact.

I hope you all are able to make some positive changes in your lives as we enter into this new year, and I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store!

Sincerely,
Nicole

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