4 Steps For A Successful ‘New Year, New Me’ Mentality

Tomorrow is my birthday. I’ll be hitting twenty-four. Coincidentally, it’s also the New-Year. So today, I will be reflecting on my year of life. It has been an interesting journey.

A year ago, I didn’t have anything. This blog, the YouTube channel, all the lovely readers, the confidence, the support and love, were all missing from my life. I was a wandering soul, trying to figure out my purpose.

My conscious goal was to figure out my life and in March 2014, I found solace in helping people. With each article, I felt a sense of satisfaction. My purpose became clearer, more refined.

Starting a New Year is interesting for many reasons. Among the sea of ‘New Year, New Me’ people there are a few that prosper. My goal is to increase that few from a hypothetical 10 out of 100, to a hypothetical 90 out of 100. Reaching everyone is foolhardy, but I can definitely increase that number a little bit.

Here’s what I’m going to do tomorrow.

Scratch that. I’m starting today.

1) A New Habit

Aside from the core habits – sleep, diet and exercise – there are many others you can implement. I’m solidifying an older routine into my daily practice: 10-minute meditations.

We’ve talked about meditations in the past, but humor me for a second. Your brain is the central entity responsible for all your thoughts, feelings and actions. It is responsible for everything; consciously and unconsciously in your body, yet we allow no rest.

When was the last time you did nothing – no thinking, worrying, fiddling? Your answer, like mine, is probably never. You have 10 minutes a day to dedicate to nothing.

Set a timer and focus on breathing. The hardest thing isn’t finding the time, but sitting still for 10 long minutes. It will be hard, but the more you do, the more benefits you reap and the practice becomes easier.

2) Determining Your Landmarks

I’m already one semester closer to graduating. What seemed like an eternity in September has passed and April is on the horizon. Time has a way of rapidly passing if you don’t monitor it.

Today, consciously think about where you want to be in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. How do you want to feel physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally at those landmarks?

Decide the method you’re going to implement to feel that particular way. Write them down; post them somewhere visible, somewhere significant to you, as a reminder.

3) Live Fully Through Your Landmarks

Aim to improve insignificantly each day with your landmarks in the forefront of my mind. Improving yourself by 1% each day is insignificant, but that’s all you need.

Don’t try and climb your mountains everyday. Instead, take three steps and rest. At the end of year, you’ve improved 365% and you’re at the top of the mountain, well rested, stress free, and happy.

4) Reevaluate

Businesses release their results quarterly to show their progress, strengths and weaknesses and general hiccups. Become a major business. Every three months, revaluate your life.

The questions I ask myself:

  • Have I been living congruently through my landmarks?
  • Am I fulfilled with all aspects of my life? If yes, continue on your path. If no:
  • What can I do to reevaluate and reinvigorate to achieve my next landmark?

Take time each quarter to assess your progress, your strengths and weaknesses and your hiccups. “Where am I faltering? Where can I improve? What is the biggest thing holding me back from achieving my goals?” are all questions you can ask yourself multiple times a year.

This year, like last year, will be tremendously different, if I allow it to be. If I implement this four-step method, I know I won’t be one of the ‘new year, new me’ people that fail and ponder what went wrong at the end of 2015. I hope you implement these methods and questions. If you do, 2015 will be your year.

Be bold, be free, and love on.

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51 thoughts on “4 Steps For A Successful ‘New Year, New Me’ Mentality

  1. Great post Leroy. I appreciate you for sharing your journey. I’d even break it down to winning each day (based on the landmarks you set). I’d also add to the questions you listed to ask yourself each quarter… What did I do that was successful? What were my “wins”? — Just to build on the positives.

    Thanks again, I really enjoyed your insights.

    With gratitude,
    Jason

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  2. Great post Leroy. I appreciate you for sharing your journey. I would even break it down to winning each day in regards to the landmarks that you’ve set. I’d also add the following questions to your quarterly reflection questions… “What we’re my wins? What brought me success” — Just to help build on the positives.

    Thanks again for your great insights.

    With gratitude,
    Jason

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    1. That’s great advice/tips! Small wins are amazing for keeping momentum going! And you’re question are great as well. I hope others contribute just as much as you have!

      My readers and I truly appreciate your input! 🙂

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  3. Excelent. Will do. I suggest marking our calenders for the 3 mos. assesment. This wil ensure, without it it could easlily be washed up into the abyss :). Make the notes today on you iCalenders, Google. Im doing mine right after this reply.God Bless and Happy New Year.

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    1. nice! That’s great advice. I always recommend some sort of visual aid! Whatever works best for you! I use sticky notes, but the problem with them is that it is cumbersome. My room is usually filled with sticky notes all over the place!

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  4. Happy Birthday for tomorrow:) secondly excellent post, and you do help and that’s important, keep doing more of that:)

    I’ve already crafted my new mission statement for the following year and beyond, I ready and it’s going to be an incredible journey.

    Happy New Year

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words and wishes! It’s always nice to be re-assured that my words help someone. I truly appreciate your words!

      That’s great to hear. Planning ahead is incredibly effective! As long as you keep your goals in the forefront of your mind, I know you will achieve them. Positive thoughts and affirmative action will lead you closer each day!

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  5. Have a Happy Birthday and a Happy New Year.
    I am a very new follower and find your posts very interesting.
    Revaluating my life as a major business is a wonderful idea, to help me where I need to improve on.
    Have a wonderful 2015.

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    1. Thank you for your support and love! I’m glad you could take something from my article!
      That being said, I hope you continue to frequent our little corner here, and continue to find little benefits in your life through our work. 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much! I was born at 12:31 AM. My thinking behind is, everyone yelled ‘Happy New Year,’ and my mom yelled ‘I’m giving birth!’ Makes me laugh every time!

      You’re right! Confidence and optimistic always combats difficulties. Approach every situation with the right mental attitude and I think nothing can stop you!

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      1. Same to you. I just hope I’m not bothering you guys when I reply. I wish I would get more comments/replies on my posts.

        Don’t readers know if they don’t reply I don’t know what to post more of & what not to as often?

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    1. Today COULD be the day. For me, I find that it really refocuses my attention and thoughts. I just recently started as a daily practice once again, as the article mentioned, and only being 4 days in, I already feel the positive effects.

      Through my day, when my thoughts happen to wander somewhere negative, I try to breathe and refocus on my fingertips. I try to feel the life through my body. I find through meditation, that refocusing and practice becomes easier.

      I hope you try it! I recommend it to everyone!

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  6. Happy birthday and happy New Year! What a great, smart system to achieve goals! I love the idea of succeeding 1% each day. Sometimes I get so excited and I end up bitting more than I can chew. It really is about focusing on small persistent steps. Slowly but steady they takes us very far. Cheers to the new year and making our dreams reality! 🙂

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    1. 1% is a very simple progression, I find. It puts less stress on your overall goal and allows you to take a challenge in small baby steps. Like any challenge, approaching it with a baby-step mentality really works wonders.

      I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the article! Thank you very much for the kind wishes and words!

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  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    ****SINCE THIS IS MY FIRST POST ON YOUR BLOG I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT MY POSTS WILL NEVER BE NEGATIVE OR OPPOSITIONAL TO THE TOPICS. I JUST RESPECTIVELY WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR READERS DON’T MISTAKENLY INTERPRET WHAT I WRITE

    OK!!! NOW THAT I HAVE OFFICIALLY GIVEN MY INTERPRETATIONAL DISCLOSURE LOL

    It appears that you are focusing on the present, and future goals, while leaving the past behind (but not forgotten)?

    I’m in agreement with anything suggesting moving forward and constantly trying to achieve new goals for ourselves. Anything that can get people to realize that the past is only existing if WE think of it. We live and experience whatever we CONSCIOUSLY create!

    Now that the past is behind us you mention setting landmarks and goals for future achievement, 1 month, 3-4-6, and so on. Setting these goals and “landmarks” or intermediate references to check if your on path is not a bad thing.

    I just have to mention that system for some people inadvertently negates the possibility of any progress or achievements. Not necessarily the system itself, but the application of it.
    ex. A goal for 6 months from now is * so to reach it I should be doing *** daily, weekly, ect… So, by the end of the month I should be *, so if I’m not??? than … or- Wow I’m at my 1 month goal already in 2 weeks so now let me try and get to the next than the next,- or – ok i can relax for 2 weeks since i got there early —– “(POSSIBLE EX.)
    It’s a good system proven through multiple applications, BUT—– INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESSES CAN NOT ACCURATELY SUPPORT OR APLLY TO SYSTEMATIC MODELS RELIABILITY.
    LEROY – I’M SUPPORTING THE SYSTEM
    Hopefully, that is enough to open up some thoughts and perspectives that can help others be successful through understanding
    “what works for one person, doesn’t always work for another” IS A TERRIBLE STATEMENT- I MUST REVISE
    ANY SYSTEM WITH A CONSISTENT ASSOCIATION TO SUCCESS, SHOULD NOT NEGLECT AN INDIVIDUALS DESIRE AND ABILITY TO ASSOCIATE WITH THAT SYSTEM

    Would love to hear any feedback and thoughts from people. We can only grow through sharing our individual thoughts, and remember that opinions of difference is not synonymous with offensive. I appreciate different views and thoughts.

    LEROY,
    GREAT TOPIC AND POST
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN

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    1. I love it when you drop by! We’re doing just fantastic! I hope all is well with you!
      We’re actually in the process of finishing up the first book and restructuring everything, so hectic, to say the least!

      I am so grateful for all the progress we’ve made. But it would not have been possible, had it not been for people like you. I’m grateful for you and all the other readers that continue to show their love by commenting and sharing!

      I hope all is well with you! You will progress! You will explode in 2015! 🙂

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  8. I enjoyed reading this post! I just turned 24 a couple of months ago and graduated from college last month. I think we are in a confusing/stressful stage of our lives, but you seem to be on the right track. I was just saying that I need to set goals for myself now that I am out of school, and this post reaffirmed that. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for the words of encouragement. It is definitely stress-filled, but manageable. Just have to make sure to monitor everything day-by-day.

      Setting new goals is always a great way to start the year. Hopefully, by now you’ve decided on some of your goals and are slowly working towards them! Good luck on them! I know with diligence and the right mindset you will achieve them! 🙂

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  9. Great Post! In fact, I have enjoyed reading lots of your posts. You stopped by my blog awhile ago, so thanks. Still working my way through this blogging world.

    Its been quite the journey for me and oh to be 24 again but like they say better late than never to start a “New ME, New Outlook” to life. You guys should be proud of what you have accomplished with your writing. Very inspirational!! Happy New Year and Happy belated birthday.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words and sentiments! We’re happy that you’re finding value in our works. If you ever have any tidbits of wisdom or life lessons to share, please share them here. We welcome all viewpoints and advice. We’re trying to build a community here of people that will all help each other out.

      Once again, thank you for your contribution! 🙂

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