20 Tips for a Positive 2013

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Face it, you’re not going to keep your New Year’s Resolutions, so let’s try developing some principles you can actually follow throughout the year instead of failing miserably after the first two weeks of the year. This morning, a friend emailed me a list of tips for a positive New Year that has nothing to do with new years resolutions from best selling author and key note speaker, Jon Gordon - and yes, this will be our last New Year’s related post – so if you planned on complaining, please refer to #9.

Enjoy!

1. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

2. Take a morning walk of gratitude. I call it a “Thank You Walk.” It will create a fertile mind ready for success.

3. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

4. Zoom Focus. Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: “What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?” Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.

5. Instead of being disappointed about where you are, think optimistically about where you are going.

6. Remember that adversity is not a dead-end but a detour to a better outcome.

7. Don’t chase success. Instead decide to make a difference and success will find you.

8. Get more sleep. You can’t replace sleep with a double latte.

9. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

10. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.

11. Live with the 3 E’s. Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.

12. Remember there’s no substitute for hard work.

13. Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

14. Implement the No Complaining Rule. Remember that complaining is like vomiting. Afterwards you feel better but everyone around you feels sick.

15. Read more books than you did in 2012. I happen to know of a few good ones.

16. Don’t seek happiness. Instead decide to live with passion and purpose and happiness will find you.

17. Focus on “Get to” vs “Have to.” Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.

18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished____________.

19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.

20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.

Share your thoughts, additions, or subtractions on the list in the comment section below.

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  • Avperkins

    Number 17 is so true throughout our ripping and running in life we "forget" that this is ALL a gift! Good post.

  • Poetic Justice

    Numbers 9, 10 and 19 are my favorites.

    I would add to the list: Establish a healthy positive relationship, be it with a friend, soulmate or a family member. Rather than working on the size of your social sphere or the number of likes on your social page, dedicate this year to cultivating at least one new QUALITY relationship.

    #15…I'd love to get your recommendations…. pleasurable reading is high on my daily list of priorities.

  • Peter Parker

    I would also add: Eat and live a healthy lifestyle. The health disparities in the US, esp. amongst minorities, is alarming. Try to incorporate some fun activity you enjoy doing and try to eat those veggies/fruits on a daily basis

  • MsWright2U

    Great list! #20 translates to YOLO, y'all avoiding that Drake lawsuit …J/K

  • Ashley

    this is a fantastic list! happy new year!

  • MaggK

    Love this!!!

  • Bree

    These are excellent WIS. Thanks for sharing…*smile*
    Happy New Year SBM.

  • http://www.carolynjsworld.blogspot.com MissJaXon

    Numbers 4 and 10 I really like and can see myself doing. =)
    Thanks for sharing.
    My recent post An Angel, PLEASE!

  • UmmYeahOK

    Wonderful list! I'm going to print it out!

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