2. Respect time and stop wasting it
“Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.” – William Penn
If there’s something I have learned over the past few years, then it’s the value of time. Time once wasted, never comes back. So if you are passionate about achieving your 2020 life goals, then you need to start respecting your time more. You need to invest more time into what matters and stop wasting it on things that don’t. Evaluate how you spend your time on a monthly basis and schedule your day accordingly to make the best use of the available time. Moreover, you also need to manage your time intelligently so that you can balance it between your career, family, relationships, passion and yourself.
3. Stop making excuses
“Excuses are the tools of the weak and incompetent. They build bridges to nowhere and tunnels to nothingness… Those who excel in them seldom do in anything else, therefore, there are no excuses.” – Frank Ocean
You can call it genuine reasons or justifications, but that doesn’t change the fact that you were unable to put in the effort you promised yourself you will. Excuses only limit your potential and your abilities. On any given day, you will have a hundred reasons for not doing what you should. But it’s a choice. You can choose to take comfort in properly laid out reasons and justifications and remain exactly where you are in life. Or you can choose just one reason that works for you and go ahead and do it anyways despite all setbacks. Demand action from yourself. Look at the possibilities, find cracks in your excuses and reasons and exploit them to get things done and create your best life.
4. Step outside your comfort zone.
I know what the comfort zone feels like. I have been there for too long. But that’s not where you will find progress, self-development, happiness or satisfaction. The only things you will find your comfort zone are shame, guilt, resentment and frustration if you stay there long enough. Success lies outside your comfort zone. Get up and step out. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It will allow you to understand what is holding you back and empower you to expand your life.
“Love yourself instead of abusing yourself.” – Karolina Kurkova
How do you treat yourself? Are you as kind and compassionate with yourself when you fail as you would be with a dear friend? Do you criticize yourself more than you should? Is the negative self talk getting louder and louder? Are there any emotional barriers? How you treat yourself in life can determine how far you go. If you are constantly beating yourself up, you can’t expect yourself to unlock the greatness you have inside. Tell yourself you can. Tell yourself you must. Tell yourself you will. Negativity is a cancer of the soul.
Be mindful about what you tell yourself. Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses. This will enable you to tap into your inner strength and empower you to become greater than you could ever imagine.
Staying focused on your life goals for 2020 is crucial but without meaningful relationships anything you achieve will feel hollow. Remember that your objective is to create a better and more fulfilling life for yourself. And that can never happen without caring relationships with your family, friends and even coworkers. Let this new year be a wake-up call for you to reconnect with people you have unwillingly moved away from and rebuild relationships that give your life meaning. This means spending more time with your family, making time for your romantic partner despite deadlines at work, catching up with old friends and reaching out and checking in with your coworkers and business partners. This is the perfect time to nourish and nurture relationships that will not only keep you motivated and grounded, but also provide you the emotional and moral support you need.
7. Don’t be afraid of criticism
“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”
– Winston Churchill
It takes a lot of strength to let yourself be criticized and judged by others. We take a great deal of effort to avoid judgment as it affects us on a profoundly personal level. Yet, no matter how hard you try people will judge you. Restraining yourself or keeping your options limited doesn’t protect you from judgment. It only limits your options for living a happier life. When you are unafraid to be judged and criticised, you can live more boldly and confidently without any restrictions.