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20 Tips for a Positive New Year

1. Stay positive.
You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can know that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.

2. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement:
My purpose is_______________________.

3. Take a morning walk of gratitude.
I call it a “thank you walk.” It will create a fertile mind ready for success.

4. Instead of being disappointed about where you are…
…think optimistically about where you are going.

5. Eat…
…breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

6. Remember that…
…adversity is not a dead-end but a detour to a better outcome.

7. Focus on…
…learning, loving, growing and serving.

8. Believe that everything happens for a reason.
Expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.

9. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.
Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

10. Mentor someone…
…and be mentored by someone.

11. Live with the 3 E’s.
Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.

12. Remember…
…there’s no substitute for hard work.

13. Zoom focus.
Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: “What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?” Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.

14. Implement the NoComplainingRule.
Complaining is like vomiting. Afterwards you feel better but everyone around you feels sick.

15. Read more books than you did in 2010.
I happen to know of a few good ones!

16. Get more sleep.
You can’t replace sleep with a double latte.

17. Focus on “Get to” vs “Have to.
Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.

18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________.

Today I accomplished____________.

19. Smile and laugh more.
They are natural anti-depressants.

20. Enjoy the ride.
You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.

This Post was originally written by Jon Gordon @ Guideposts

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  • Khaled

    Good post…Very nice tips

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  • http://www.thereflectiveself.com Dandy

    Thank you for this. It is perfect and I love it!

  • Julisa

    Thank you. My new years resolution was to be positive this year. This helped a lot with my goal :)

  • http://www.thoughtful-self-improvement.com/Shyness.html Natalie

    All good points that we all need to be reminded of now and then. I especially like number 14. no complaining rule. It’s one I never heard of and an interesting perspective.

  • http://aparnata.wordpress.com Aparna

    Here are some of thoughts that i pinned down in my blog regarding Luck!
    Do read them :)
    http://aparnata.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/u-r-born-lucky/

  • http://www.thetransitioncompanion.com Juanita

    What a great post! They are tips that are easily printed and kept around everyday! Thanks Jon!

  • http://www.planetnaveen.com Winning Ideas

    Jon,
    That’s awesome list. Thanks for sharing.
    Naveen

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  • Helen

    Hello Jon. It was so great! but I didn’t undrestand this tip:
    . Eat…
    …breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

    If you tell me what it means I will be so thankful.
    Thank you!!!

  • andrea

    Hi
    I read most of what you said in books about sufism, buddism and daoism. being thankful for what we have, enjoy our lives, have a simple life, stop complaining, things that I think will help everybody in solving their problems.

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  • Mathankumar

    Really super . now i decide to follow this rules. thank you sir

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  • melissa

    I love these tips .they make me more inspired