Here’s some advice from me to you for 2020.
Write down all your mistakes from 2019 and call them lessons.
Make sure you go over each one and do what you need to do to master them going forward.
Our failures are what shape us in life. The greatest entrepreneurs and athletes of all time failed a million times before they succeeded. Think of how many free throws or passes the greatest athletes missed before they hit the ones that really counted. The more reps you accrue in mistakes, the better chance you have in success. Know that you can lose 100 times but then have one huge win, and it can be worth far more than those losses.
Get in shape.
Everyone correlates “getting in shape” with going to the gym. But you don’t have to go to the gym to get in shape. Buy some equipment for your home, garage, office or anything. Jump rope for 10-15 minutes a day, three days a week. Buy some resistance bands, and dedicate just 10 minutes, three or four days a week to doing some isolation workouts for a different body part a day, which you can look up on YouTube.
You are telling me you are so busy that you can’t dedicate 30-40 minutes a week to getting in better shape to look and feel better about yourself? These are small steps to take to make yourself more fit.
You don’t have to track your calories precisely, but get a general idea of how many calories are in the things you are putting in your body so you can then cut down on your portions.
Realize your life core values.
More importantly, begin to analyze everything like this and in the same exact way. How can you better partition your time and resources to have everything fit in a 24-hour day? You have eight hours to sleep, eight hours to work, two hours to eat; where are your other six hours going? We will do this together in 2020.
Set ridiculous goals for 2020.
Write your main goals on a separate piece of paper, and when you are done, multiply them by 10 and write them in your notebook to live by.
Here are few examples: “I want to make $1 million in 2020.” Multiply it by 10 and set it up as a goal: “I want to make $10 million in 2020.” Instead of “Lose a few pounds,” here is a concrete goal for health: “I will run half a mile per day.” Now make it “I will run five miles per day.” Similarly, “I will visit two new countries in 2020,” becomes “I will visit 20 new countries in 2020.”
The idea is to open your imagination and acceptance to greater things. Most people do not think they can or deserve to be the richest person in the world, so they set lower goals. When you multiply your goal, though, you are fine to achieve even just 75% of the goal, as you are still achieving more than you would have before.
In addition, always write down your goals; it subconsciously increases the chance for you to fulfill them. Anytime you begin to forget or head back on your path of addictions, vices and bad habits, pick up the paper or bring up the notepad so you can remember what you said to yourself while you were in a clear mindset.
Give something to someone you do not know.
Make a donation. Give money to a family in need, or do something to help someone.
Never forget that we are all put on this Earth together, for whatever reason you believe or don’t believe. If you look at life from a perspective that we are all struggling and suffering in our own ways, you will understand that helping others is the only purpose for life. Help your family, first and foremost, but when they are taken care of, then help others.
Commit to a bold move early in the year.
You cannot have success or fulfillment in your life without first taking risks. This is a fact. Taking the first big step is just the first piece of the puzzle. From there, each additional step is adding more pieces to the puzzle with consistency. Everyone always commits to something bold in the first week of the new year, but the question is, will you stay committed until the end of 2020? This is what makes or breaks a successful entrepreneur or person and distinguishes them from an unsuccessful one: taking a big risk and seeing it through with a vision, no matter what obstacles you face.
Improve your social life.
Believe it or not, humans can learn more through socializing than anything. Through speaking with others, you understand others’ nature and mindsets and can learn about a variety of different subjects, professions, hardships and more. This is what makes us wise as we grow older and more knowledgeable. When you are at a party or gathering, you are likely just in the moment and having fun with your friends or colleagues, maybe having a few drinks. You aren’t thinking about how much smarter it is making you by being around so many different people and subconsciously extracting their perspectives to add to your own. I truly believe we need to push ourselves to socialize and interact with many different people for this reason.
Now go have fun, and make it a memorable year!