There is something so exciting and so electric about the first day of a new year! Although it’s true that every day is an opportunity for us to wipe the slate clean and start over, there is something very special about opening a brand new page on January 1st, 2014. It could be that change in the year allows our mind to forgive and forget what happened ‘last year’, even though it was only yesterday.
What are your plans for 2014? Have you already taken the time to set goals? Will you be using your own faithful system or trying something new? My plan for this year is to use Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map workbook to set goals that help you to live your core desired feelings. It sounds pretty magical and just what I’m looking for in 2014. In the past, I’ve used Darren Hardy’s Design Your Best Life Ever for traditional goal setting and it’s worked for many years. I felt it was time to change things and try something new for 2014. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, 2013 was a year full of successes and many challenges, so I am ready for even greater success (and fewer challenges) in 2014.
Many of you have also committed to living daily gratitude in 2014, and I’d like to share my top 11 tips to help you achieve it. I’ve put it all together here: Eleven Simple Daily Habits To Live Daily Gratitude. Simply click to download a copy and feel free to share with your friends and family.
Finally, I’ve had a few people ask me about how they can stick to their new gratitude habits once they have started or start back up again if they have stopped. I read a great article by Jennifer Chang in Success Magazine about Tiny Habits, explained by behavioural scientist BJ Fogg. It’s all about doing the tiniest little thing to get to your desired habit. For example, if your habit it to write 3 daily gratitudes every night, a great way to start would be to put your journal in the bathroom and immediately after brushing your teeth, simply write 1 thing down. Do that until it becomes habit, then add another and another. Soon enough, your new habit will be (painlessly) formed!