Happy New Year! If you’re anything like me, you can’t help but be a little excited for the new year ahead (see ya later 2017, the year of “prep and grind” as my friends and I have dubbed it)…
For some unexplainable reason, 2018 has a feeling of magic – like it’s the reward for all that “prep and grind” of 2017. It feels like the year to finish, to get that raise, to travel, to find your true love or just STOP all the craziness and ENJOY the magic in the moments.
Which basically means… you better get ready to take advantage of it!
So without further ado, 5 ways to CRUSH 2018!
1. List Your Magic
I know what you’re thinking – you just said, “see you later 2017!” and now you want me to go back and reflect? Yes. 100%. At the end of every year, my badass business mentor lists her top 7 “magic moments.” You know – the ones where you felt like you were on top of the world???
They can be personal, business, spiritual, or anything in between. List the moments that made you feel blissful or confident or powerful or happy… or all of the above! (Examples from my life: Bachelorette party in South Africa, finishing a Triathlon, playing with my niece and nephew, my Business Book Club *I know – nerd alert!* and closing a business sale!)
2. Deconstruct the Magic
Wait. Is it possible to deconstruct magic? Isn’t the magic in the mystery? Well, not if you want an awesome 2018! Think about your moments – what lead up to making them happen? Who was a part of them? Where did they happen? Write out as much about each moment as you possibly can, making sure you understand EXACTLY what made them so magical.
3. Remix the Magic
Now that you understand your magical moments, make sure to add more of those elements to 2018! Just to be clear: the goal isn’t to recreate the magic (always a fail, you can never re-create moments), but to remix the ingredients into new adventures! If certain people are your catalysts, make it a point to spend more time with them. If it was a trip you took, then make sure to book another adventure! GET IT ON THE CALENDAR. Be purposeful about your time off of work – make it COUNT. Instead of taking days off because you “didn’t feel like working,” schedule your time around things that make your heart sing. Once you understand the elements that make up your magic potion, it’s a lot easier to mix it up!
4. Make Space for More Magic
This is a big one. We are all SO busy. Our schedules are packed, running from one thing to the next, hanging out with whoever is in front of us… trying our best to stave off the awful feeling of FOMO we get if we decide to take the night off.
Well… I have some good news! 2018 is the year to stop all of that. Once you figure out the ingredients to your perfect mix of magic, you also have to create SPACE in your life so you have time to cook it up!
First, you have the time. In fact, you have all the time you need right now. My friend always says,“you are as available as you are willing.” In other words, too busy is just another way to say: “not a priority.”Click To Tweet I’ll prove it to you: If you meet me in San Francisco tomorrow, I’ll give you a million dollars. Now, how long would it take you to drop everything and meet me there? Wait…. I thought you said your life was too busy for new things? 😉
Second, creating space means you will have to say “NO.” So stop hanging out with negative people (because ain’t nobody got time for magic killers!) and say yes to people who encourage you, challenge you and make you smile. Stop spending time on things that you don’t enjoy… and fill your life with creativity and purpose instead.
Finally, decide to never do anything out of boredom again… honestly, have some respect! Are you really that lazy and unimaginative? This world has so much opportunity, wonder, and intrigue… Be creative and find it! With just a little effort (yes, it takes effort), you can fill your days with MAGIC instead. You have far too precious a life and far too little time to waste the moments in front of you… so create some magical space!
5. Make the Magic!
And now for the challenge: Instead of always saying, “wouldn’t it be fun to do X?” Just do it. I think 2018 should be the year we stop being indecisive, we stop saying we’ll get to stuff, and we just do it. Cross it off the list. Whether that’s a task in front of you, a dream beside you, or the blog that’s waiting to be written (shout-out JESSICA!) Just do it. It’s time.
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Action hack: we limit ourselves immensely when we ask, “could I do it?” because it sets our brain on a path… a path to give us all the reasons we couldn’t. Instead, get your brain to work for you! Tell it, “I’ve decided to do this thing, what do you think is the best way to accomplish it?” You’ll be amazed at the transformation.
How do you crush your 2018 goals?
Understand the Magic. Decide to live It. Never look back.
Welcome to 2018, it’s been waiting for you.
This post was contributed by my personal friend, Ellen. Ellen is 28, owns a company with her father helping business owners transition and sell their companies. She is a book nerd, travel addict and crossfitter who is also a recently minted triathlete. Basically, Ellen is awesome!