I am a marketing and communications consultant and freelance writer. Living on the Gold Coast in Australia. Check out my website www.sarahsays.com.au or follow on Twitter @WENGoldCoast
Published December 8th 2012
Make 2013 A Year To Remember
2012 for me has been pretty amazing and full on, I have totally transformed my life and now I feel healthier and happier than ever.
This last year has taught me that through complete determination and positive thinking, you can change your life for the better. Following the basic rules of the Law of Attraction, I have learnt to change my outlook and stop focusing and worrying about the things that have happened and that I can't change, and to focus my energy on what I can affect and change.
This time last year I was unhappy, overweight and lonely. Moving to Australia was the best thing I did as it forced me out of my current life and gave me the opportunity to almost start from scratch and really think about what I wanted for the future, but more so what I didn't want.
Now as 2012 comes to an end, I can reflect on the changes that have taken place, what I have achieved and what I want next. Using the tools I have learnt in the last year, as I head into the next stage of my new life, I am more determined that ever to make 2013 even better than last year.
Here are my tips for making 2013 awesome.
1/ Reflection. I think this is really important - how can you know what you want without reflecting and identifying what worked and what didn't in 2012?
I have started to make a personal list about what I loved about 2012, what I didn't like and what I achieved. Being honest and having these three lists will allow you to identify what makes you happy and what has caused you stress and worry. You also may be surprised to see how much you have achieved. I certainly usually fail to recognise what great things I have done and can sometimes get stuck on what I haven't done, so this is a great way to shift your thought process and give yourself some deserved praise.
Don't think too big. Small actions and achievements are just as worthwhile - you don't need to have climbed a mountain or gone skydiving - sticking to a diet, being there for a friend or paying off a credit card are just as important.
2/ Plan. Setting goals is vital to having a successful life as it focuses your mind on what is important and will give you a real sense of achievement and pride when you can cross them off your list (yes, more lists I am afraid). I have started a 6 month plan of what I want to achieve, improve and change in the areas of work, life, health, love and mind. I have given each month a theme so January is business month where I will set a number of tasks such as get business card, improve my website and building contacts. Sorting my business is a high priority for me, so I want to dedicate January to it, then getting a new place to live is my focus for February - you get the idea. Plus, you will notice, I am not setting major goals here, just simple tasks that are easily achieved when you write them down and dedicate time to them.
3/ Challenge. Set yourself a couple of challenges this year, just a couple of big things that are really worthwhile and will make you feel great. I have decided to do a half marathon in July for charity, it is something that I can really focus on and it will show massive amounts of self dicipline and demonstrate just how far I have come, plus I'll raise some money for a great cause. Setting it for the middle of the year will give me the opportunity to train properly and will make it more likely to see it through.
Often setting goals that are too big and not giving yourself enough time to prepare or train will just add to the chance of backing out and failing, which will do more harm. Achieving the smaller tasks and goals that you have set in the first few months will will boost confidence, male you feel excellent and build discipline which will allow you to achieve your bigger challenges later in the year.
4/ Enjoy. Throughout the whole process you have to ensue that you enjoy the journey, things may not go according to plan always and that's ok, but you must make sure that you find the fun and get excited about taking control and changing your life for the better. Taking control of your life is a wonderful feeling, setting goals, achieving them and reflecting on progress and success will increase confidence and a sense of pride. It is certainly something I have really embraced and for the first time in my life I feel like I am in control and I have been really surprised at what I can achieve just by putting my mind to it.
5/ Reward. Changing your life is not a simple process, but it is so fulfilling and worth the effort. It is hard, so make sure that you give yourself some much needed praise, take time out and treat yourself when you have achieved something great. Book a spa treatment, buy a new outfit or book a weekend away - allowing for me time is a very important aspect to being happy.
If, like me, you are a busy person with loads of commitments and demands, try to always set aside some me time and make sure you keep on top of your goals and tasks, plus never feel guilty about taking time off, having a break or treating yourself.
6/ Share. I have been lucky to have experienced this process with a close friend. We both set upon changing our lives at the same time and are a great source of reflection and celebration for each other. Sometimes people don't quite get the self help journey, but finding someone that does, I believe has made it so much easier, as we can chat and support each other at every step, especially when we are having a tough time. Often seeing yourself through someone else's eyes can be an uplifting experience as they may see your life differently to you, and will help you see just how well you are doing.
A few steps which I believe will make 2013 awesome!