We are just 8 days out from the new year! Instead of waiting until 2016 to start your new year’s resolution and plans, let’s just get started early. The number 8 is the number of new beginnings so here are 8 things to do before the year ends to propel you into a healthy and prosperous new beginning for 2016!
1. Clean up the clutter in your living or office space. Take some time while you have a few days off to do a deep clean of your closet, your garage, your filing cabinet, your kitchen. Sort out items you can donate or throw away. Learn to let go! If that task seems too daunting, hire someone to help you for a few hours, even if it’s just to give you a good start so you can attack it faster without procrastinating any longer! Having a clean house will help you focus if you work at home, not having to worry about the stack of paperwork or clutter surrounding you. A clutter free home will help you have a clutter free mind, which leads us to #2……
2. Clean up the clutter in your mind. It doesn’t do any good to have a clean house if your mind is racing and you can’t even relax in your own home! Allow yourself some free time, some alone time, some me time, some God time. Whatever it is that helps you clear your mind, whether it be meditation, prayer, reading, enjoying nature, make time in the next 8 days to clear the mind clutter and rat race that the holidays tend to bring. Renew your mind. Romans 12:2 says “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.” If you don’t take time out to focus on your purpose and God’s plan for your life, then you will be distracted and get off course.
3. Give. Not only give because it’s Christmas time but because it's the end of the year, now is the time to donate. Give to your favorite charity for tax write offs before the year ends. Remember, if you want to claim a tax deduction for your gifts, you must itemize your deductions and give to qualified charities. All the aforementioned decluttering from #1 you are going to be doing this week, donate and write it off if you can. For more information about tax deductions and wealth, visit Shawn Dorrough’s latest blog post at www.thewealthshiftproject.com.
4. Forgive. The holidays are the perfect time to make amends with family or friends. Wherever there may be animosity, now is the time to give them (and yourself) the gift of forgiveness! Let them know you forgive them and love them anyway. Forgive and move on. Allow yourself to have a fresh clean slate for 2016 without any bitterness or resentment weighing you down. Ephesians 4:31-32 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
5. Plan. We all must have a plan, in fact, we should have several plans. Plans for business/career, plan for our leisure time, plan for your finances and investment. We talk about new year’s resolutions, daily goals and monthly goals but do you have a yearly plan, a 5 year and 10 year plan? Now is the time to sit down with your spouse, family, or business partner to create those plans. Plan for adventure, retirement, marketing, self-improvement, conferences, and education. (See #6 for recommended conference/education.) Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” You can’t create it without a plan! I’m sure you’ve also heard the popular saying, “you plan to fail when you fail to plan.”
6. Go online. Update your social media profiles with new photos, updated information about your products, services, and success! Hire a photographer for business headshots or family photoshoot, especially now while your family is together for the holidays. Update your website or rebrand your business so you can have a fresh clean look for 2016. If you would like to learn about how to rebrand your business, magnetize clients, and improve your image, both online and offline, make plans to attend Ignite Your Image conference Feb 4th and 5th in Tampa, FL, more details at www.IgniteYourImageNow.com
7. Go off-line. Once you're finished updating your website and social media profiles, it's time to take a break. Time to go off-line for a few weeks. If you can’t stand the thought of being away that long, especially for business purposes, hire someone to keep track and make posts for you so you can focus on other business and projects. You can use that precious time for top priority business, personal projects like improving your golf game or working on that art project you have wanted to start all year long! You can spend more time with your spouse, your kids or use that extra hour to improve your health…..which leads us to the last thing to do before the year ends….
8. Exercise. That's right, that's always everyone’s New Year's resolution is to have a consistent exercise routine and commit to a healthier lifestyle. Some of you may not know but my degree is actually in Fitness; I’m no longer working in the industry but still am passionate about health and fitness so here comes the Personal Trainer in me…… More than 2/3 (68%) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate physical activity 5 days a week and muscle strengthening exercises at least twice a week.
I used to be a gym rat, into martial arts, avid runner, running 5k’s, a half and full marathon but unfortunately that was a blast in the past. Currently, (and the last couple of years,) I struggle trying to make time to go to the gym or even being motivated to go to the gym! I didn't think I would ever have this problem! I used to love exercising and lifting weights but now I feel like such a slacker. However, today as I write this, I am proud to say I squeezed in 45 minutes at the gym, (25 intense minutes on the stairstepper, burn baby burn!) Just then I reminded myself……that I have to try to remember how good I feel when I'm there lifting the weights. It makes me feel healthier, stronger, leaner, more confident! It just puts me in a better mood knowing that I am taking care of my body and health in general.
At this point in my life it’s not about being vain and looking good, it’s about trying to stay limber, keep the diabetes away and the heart and muscles strengthened! If you don’t do gyms or do not have access to one nearby, find another physical activity that you feel comfortable with and get moving! Dancing, martial arts, tennis, power walking in the neighborhood, Zumba, Aerobics on DVDs. Find something you enjoy so it doesn’t feel like the dreaded “exercise”. To learn more about how to fit 40 minutes a day for your exercise, spending time with more family, and working on your own dream business, buy my latest personal development audio coaching CD by visiting my online store at http://www.yourgiggirl.com/#!online-store/xp6z1/
Hebrews 12:11 says it best, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Start your exercise routine today, don’t wait until January, stop reading this post (I’m finished anyway), step away from the computer or smart phone and get the blood pumping. Get a running head start on the new year!