Today is the last day of 2018 which makes tomorrow the first day of 2019. What will happen tomorrow? Will it just be another day or day one in becoming your best self?

I’m not into new year’s resolutions because they are too ambitious; a lot of fluff but no real substance. Everybody seems to want to set big, audacious goals but there is more to changing ourselves than that.

The first question we need to ask as we step into a new year is who do we want to be; the second, how do we get there?

Here are 4 things we can do to make sure we set ourselves up for success as we start a new year and seek to become our best selves.

1 – Start small. If we don’t do the little things and first develop the habits that we need, how do we expect to accomplish the big things? It’s great to set big goals but it’s important that we set a good foundation first. Let’s say you set a goal of becoming healthier. If you don’t establish the small daily habits of choosing healthier, nutritious foods and becoming physically active, it is going to be more difficult to stick to your goals. It’s much easier to set smaller goals to create the habit of being a healthier person and building on those small actions.

2 – Plan it. When the habits are planned into your day you don’t have to wonder when you’ll do them or try to fit them into your already hectic day. You have made the time for it in your schedule so all you have to do is show up. If you want to work out more or start exercising, then figure out what days, where, and what time you will work out. If you want to learn a new language, set aside time on your calendar to study. After all, a goal without a plan is just a wish.

3 – Figure out your why. Why are you setting this goal? Why do you want to be the person that does X? Finding your why is important because when it gets tough, when you feel like giving up, or when you feel like it’s taking too long you can remember why you started which will push you to keep going.

4 – Remember that you will mess up. You probably will fail. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up, just get back on track. It’s super important so I’m going to say it again: you are going to mess up. You are going to get busy and skip a workout. Unexpected things will arise. That is okay because life happens to us all. But if you have put it on your calendar and have started to build those habits, you can jump back in the next time it comes up on your schedule.

Wanting to become the best version of yourself or to grow as a person or learn a new skill is an amazing thing to do. But if we fail to plan then the first time we hit a roadblock we are more likely to stop making progress and go back to the habits we developed that are not serving us.

I wish you a happy and prosperous new year. I wish that your goals and dreams start to become a reality. I wish you know how amazingly strong and courageous you are by taking the first step in becoming who it is you want to be.

This week’s featured song is “New Year’s Day” by Pentatonix

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