Five Things To Do In January. Hello everyone. I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will explore five things to do in January. As we enter the first month of the new year, we must take steps to motivate ourselves and achieve our goals. While we may have another 365 days to accomplish what we couldn’t in the previous year, it’s easy to get bogged down with returning to work, paying bills, setting new year resolutions and goals (and hoping to stick to them), among other things. However, it’s important to remember that even the small things matter. By focusing on the little things, we can enable ourselves to achieve big things. So, here are five things you can do in January to boost yourself and get the new year off to a great start.
Five Things To Do In January
New Year, New You
I believe this is everyone’s favourite quote for each new year. It’s mine, too. There are many things you could do to achieve this. For example, getting a new look is a great start to boost your confidence for the year, change your wardrobe, and redecorate your house. But first, you need to have a grateful attitude towards life. We have undergone many changes and lost our minds a few times in the past few years. Sadly, many people have lost their loved ones, and some are currently struggling with the increased cost of living crisis.
Gratitude is a powerful exercise when we want to create more abundance in our lives. Why? Because as we focus on all that we are grateful for, we begin to feel more abundant, and when we start to feel more productive, we begin to attract a flow of abundance in our lives. What you focus on grows. Like attracts like, that’s why you won’t increase the quantity in your life by focusing on all you don’t have.
Starting a gratitude journal and using LSW Mind Notes will help you pinpoint thought and behaviour patterns, encourage gratitude practice and use weekly exercises to increase your sense of positive well-being for a more fulfilled life. This will assist you in reflecting on the old you from the previous year and start thinking about what you could change and how you will do that long term. Set goals on tiny little things and commit to them.
For the next 30 days, set aside time to write for 10 minutes all the positive things you can about your life, relationships, body, work, and home. You will not be the same person at the end of those 30 days!
Declutter Your 18-Month Wardrobe
One thing I know about achieving success is having the right mindset, especially in business. When it comes to having business success, it might well be that your mood has more to do with your success or failure than you realise may also have a negative mindset and not be aware of it.’ Focus is critical to a successful mindset. Continually remind yourself of what your business is about, what its purpose is, and why you’re doing it. Keep focusing on your goals by having them where you can see them.
To achieve a successful mindset, you need to ferret out that negative attitude you may not even know you have. Having excessive backup plans and being over-cautious may mean you are doubtful about your success. Safety nets are understandable, but they can become a tempting escape when things are less than perfect. It would help if you endured those bad times to succeed, not run from them.
If you are starting your own business, it won’t work to think like an employee. You need to feel like your own boss! This means the freedom and responsibilities of being the head of a business. I believe you deserve it. You may think that you don’t deserve to succeed in business. You aren’t “that type.” To be successful, you need to believe you are that type! Uncertainty can manifest a negative mindset – you are not sure of yourself. There are resources; you can learn what you need to succeed. You have to go for it.
Set Achievable Goals
How often have you heard that success is all down to setting goals? It may come as no surprise to you to learn there is much more to success than just setting your goals. Most of us, at some time, have been told that an essential part, if not the central part, of being successful is setting goals. If that were true, many more of us would be successful millionaires, actors, parents…etc.
Setting a goal is a process which starts with an achievable wish, need or desire. First, you must decide on the following.
- What do you want?
- Where do you want to be?
- What are your status, career or qualifications?
A goal can relate to any desire, wish or need achievable by actions you can take. You then break the realisation goal into small individual steps or actions. Achievable goals are goals where you can influence their realization and measure your progress towards them. Achieving long-term, life-changing goals is a process of acquiring, step by step, short and medium-term actions.
If someone asked if you plan to succeed in business, would you say, “I’ll try”? Then you have a negative mindset! You need to think more like “I will” or “I can.” Thinking “I’ll try” is a non-committal mindset that is not conducive to success.
Goals are great, but without a vision of what you will get after achieving the destination, it is visualiseievable. Essentially, a plan is something you write down which is very concrete and straightforward. A plan may, for example, be to ‘lose 10 lbs in two months. That’s a goal but not as effective as a vision designed for the same end. This same ambition posed as a vision rather than a goal would be more the idea of being in shape. You might visualize yourself looking ripped and feeling healthy. You might imagine going for jogs on the beach in summer with your top off and feeling great about yourself. That’s your vision.
Vision boards are meant to be a tool to focus on what’s essential in your life – focus on your family, business goals, or living a carefree lifestyle. How you create your vision board or what it looks aesthetically doesn’t affect how well it will work. If you want to accomplish as much as possible, the most important thing to get right is the vision or goal you have to begin with. This is essentially the same as setting your trajectory; without a course, you don’t have much chance of reaching your destination. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to write down goals correctly, which can prevent them from having any chance of success in their chosen field.
Daydream all you want about your dream car or house by the beach (or whatever your heart desires), but understand that the only way you’ll achieve those things is to TAKE ACTION. To move forward, you have to take small steps with your legs. If you want to win the lottery, you must buy that ticket. These are all actions bringing you toward your main goal. The same is valid for earning that car or beach house. Take small steps forward every single day. If you need to plan out your action steps or need a checklist to stay focused, try using Trello to map out the action steps for each goal.
Develop A Mindset For Success
Mindset is everything when it comes to making goals a reality. It all starts with your mind, whether you want to achieve in life, what makes you happy, or how you hope things will turn out. Changing your mindset and releasing the blocks that hold you back doesn’t happen overnight, but when you hear those negative thoughts invading you, say aloud, “Why NOT me? Why shouldn’t I be the one to reach success? Who and why do they deserve it more if not me?”
If you’re willing to take action, you will reach your goals. If you want things handed to you, you’ll remain stagnant in your business and life. Vision boards are tools to visualize your goals and dreams and WILL work if you use the tool correctly. It is well documented that many people fail to achieve their goals due to the phenomenon known as “fear of failure”, but can you visualise a significant factor often overlooked in a state known as “fear of success”?
Fear of failure will lead many people into inertia – the inability to decide or take action if they receive rejection or adverse outcomes. This mental state is pretty easy to identify, and there are many tools in the personal development industry to help combat this plague and reprogram the mind for success. However, the fear of success is much more subtle and complex to spot and eradicate.
It may be that your state of mind can make the difference between a successful business and a failed one. Any change you want to create starts with making that change. That alone is enough to mean that all change necessarily must come from within, to begin with. Your conviction about that change ensures you can accomplish it, your planning and your determination. And finally, your perception of that change determines whether or not you are content with it.
Enough Thinking About It – Do It
To round things up, we were in 2023. Do you know what that means? I honestly cannot believe we are in 2023. Just Yesterday, we were excited about 2020. Now we are in 2023? Make it count. This is the year you do what you have always wanted to do forever—no more time-wasting. If you think about it, we only have two more years till 2025 – that’s halfway through the 2020s already.
This year is the year you say, Enough is Enough. Just go for it. Any negativity you have been holding on to within the last ten years, let it go. Stop feeling guilty for the mistakes you made. Stop taking the blame for other people’s mistakes. Forgive those people that wrong you. Forgive yourself for not achieving the goals you wanted in the past. Be Grateful for the lessons you have obtained from the experience, and move on with your leftovers. It’s human nature to envy what others have and what we lack – whether it be good grades, lifelong friendships, flourishing careers, flaunting pay, or a loving soulmate.
Always find the positive side of most unpleasant situations.
Being grateful for little things can help us live a happier and more contented life.
This year should be your year and a fun one, too. No more drama, fake friends, complaining, and excuses. No More. Go out there and make things happen.
I hope you enjoyed it.