Editor’s Note: The following is from Julie Boyer, a USANA Gold Director and Social Media Ambassador. The original post can be seen on her blog.
It’s already the second week of January, and the glow of New Year’s Eve has worn off. Did you make any new year’s resolutions? Or perhaps you prefer setting goals and creating a vision for the upcoming year. However you choose to do it, you are the one in charge of creating your year in 2016—will it be the best one yet? I’m focusing on what I can create more of in 2016, and here are my top nine:
9 Things to Create More of in 2016
Success—We all want more success than the previous year. It is human nature to strive to be better than we were before. Keys to creating more success this year include setting clear and concise goals and staying accountable to these goals on a daily basis. Choose your three most important goals for 2016, and then break them down to the simple daily actions you have to take in order to reach them.
Inspired Action—Our simple, daily actions to reach our goals will be even more powerful if we add a bit of inspiration behind them. Having a rock-solid “WHY” as the foundation for our goals is what will lead us to creating inspired action. Do you know the “WHY” behind what you are aiming for in 2016? What does achieving your goals really mean for you? How will your life change when you reach or even exceed your goals? Success without inspired action does not come as easily, nor does it feel as good.
Connections—What if next year was all about creating new connections and making new friends? In many ways, we live in a disconnected world, and we’re spending much of our time hiding behind our screens rather than making real connections. Let’s change this for 2016 and be more open to meeting new people and allowing them to be a part of our lives, no matter how big or small their role might be. Take time to look people in the eye and smile. Add value to the people around you.
Being of Service—My word of the year is SERVICE, and I am working on becoming more of a servant leader. Create more opportunities to be of service to others this year. Volunteer for a charity you love. Offer to help a friend who is going through a difficult time. And most of all: lead with a servant heart wherever you go.
Positive Influence—When people are in your presence, do they feel more positive and uplifted? Your energy has a direct impact on those you come into contact with. This year, be the most positive person in the room. Choose your words with care, and be the light for others. And when you find yourself in a negative space, instead of spreading the negativity around, connect with someone in your life who is in a positive space and ask them to simply listen. Should you be the one who is asked to listen, open your heart and connect with compassion and empathy.
Creativity—Creating more creativity sounds like a lot of fun! How can we do this? Where are the opportunities in your day to be more creative? Blogging daily has given me the opportunity to work on my creativity by finding something new to write about, all with the underlying theme of gratitude. Adult coloring books are very popular and are a simple and fun way to be more creative. Trying out a new hobby or sport also works the creative part of our brains. I have seen many of you posting your beautiful paintings on Facebook and Instagram, many who have never done anything like this before. The world needs your creative gifts! Find a way to unlock them in 2016.
Healthier Lifestyles—What if this year you were in your best health ever? How would that translate to all of the other things you are creating in your life? New Years’ resolutions are a good place start; however they tend to expire within a few weeks. Make a year-long commitment to creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself and to inspire those around you. Creating new health habits takes time. Give yourself the gift of incredible health in 2016 and everything else will fall into place much more easily.
Love—This is one of the most important things we want to create more of in 2016. Love is free. Unconditional love is one of the greatest gifts we can give each other. The more love you give away, the more love there is, as it has such a beautiful multiplying effect. Give a smile—you usually get one back. Give a hug, and one is returned. Let’s create more unconditional love in 2016—meaning that I love you (yes, YOU) no matter who you are or what you have or haven’t done. My love has no conditions. I love you simply because you are a human being, and all human beings are worthy of love.
Gratitude—This is the foundation for everything I create in my own life, and it is my driving passion in life. There is always room for more gratitude in our lives. I am committed to deepening my own gratitude practice in 2016. I will be working with gratefulness.org as an amazing resource for all things gratitude, and I encourage you to spend some time on this site as well. How can you deepen your own gratitude practice in 2016?
Julie Boyer is passionate about Living Daily Gratitude and inspiring others to do the same. She offers inspiration through her blog at www.julieboyer.com and with daily gratitude messages sent directly to your inbox. Her book, 30 Days of Gratitude, was released in April 2013 and became an Amazon Bestseller shortly thereafter.
As a USANA Gold Director and Social Media Ambassador, Julie loves helping people to create optimal health for themselves and their loved ones. A member of the Growth 25 (North America) in 2011-2012, Julie is committed to working with her team to achieve their best year ever with USANA in 2015.
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