10 Secrets to Having Your Best Year Ever

We have so much to be grateful for and live in a time where we have the total ability to create our own destiny.

In order to create the life you were meant to live, I am including a great piece written by my dear friend Dr. Ken Druck for your benefit.

10 Secrets to Having Your Best Year Ever
By Dr. Ken Druck

There’s no better time than right now to think about how you’re going to make this year YOUR BEST YEAR EVER. Regardless of how good or bad last year was for you, we all have an equal opportunity to set the table for success and happiness this year. Here are 10 secrets to help make it happen:

1. Think of this year as ALREADY being Your Best Year Ever

An elderly comedian I know starts his show by joking about his age with the line, “When I wake up, it’s already a good day.” This moment/week/month/year is all you and I really have. The past is gone, the future is promised to no one and the present is here for us to live and hopefully enjoy. Making this your best year ever begins with the understanding that the most we can do is to take care of THIS moment, and the next, and the next. When we take care of this moment, the future takes care of itself.

2. Give birth to your “Vision” for the New Year

What do you see as the greatest expression of your life in the coming year? What could happen to make your life more satisfying, or simple, or prosperous, or healthy, or sweet – beyond your wildest dreams? Once you’re clear, write down your “Vision” on a piece of paper and/or bulletin board. Creation often begins with a simple, divinely inspired idea. Cultivate and nourish that idea daily. Now, try to imagine if your vision were to come true for the entire world.

3. Put Your Heart into It

“You gotta have heart,” as the song goes. Without heart, even good ideas rarely thrive. Take a deep (cleansing) breath, place your hand softly over your heart and finish the sentence: “My heart’s deepest desire is __________.” Keep asking and answering that question (alone or with a trusted friend) until it starts becoming clearer and clearer. While you awaken your heart’s desire (for yourself and for the world), allow it to crack your heart wide open. Now let’s gently shift the focus to getting your mind in “game shape.”

4. Get Your Mind in “Game Shape”

Again, take a deep (cleansing) breath, clear your mind and get mentally prepared for a fresh start. It might take a little deep relaxation, lighting a candle, taking a bath and/or listening to a soothing CD. Or try a little vigorous activity, like going for a hike or venting your frustrations and doubts to a trusted friend in order to get your mind ready for what’s to come.

Once your mind is clear, set it to “My Best Year Ever.” Dial in on what that might look like, using your imagination. See yourself feeling completely satisfied, excited about the future and loving what you’re doing. Take a snapshot of this imaginary moment. Allow yourself a glimpse into what is happening in your life that makes you feel satisfied and complete. Once you have a picture of what is going on, you are ready to make a plan.

5. Make a Plan

Masters of good strategy will tell you: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll get there. And if you don’t know what you want, you’ll get it.” Ask yourself, “If all goes well, what will happen? What do I dream about being and/or achieving? What do I really want in my life? As the desired outcome becomes clearer and clearer, sit down and make a list of “the 25 things I am going to do to accomplish this result.” Read your plan (and a backup plan just in case) to 3 trusted advisors for their feedback.

6. Get Started!

Put your big toe in the pool. Get your hair wet. Immerse yourself in your passionate pursuit without making excuses, justifications, delays and seductive distractions. Action and commitment build confidence and drive a result. Do something every day that brings you closer to what you want. Launch your intention, take action and direct your passion accordingly.

7. Work Diligently and Steadily

Reaching your goal takes as long as it takes, and often longer than you expect. Something almost always goes wrong and something almost always goes right. Count on it! Pace yourself and work diligently with fierce determination each day towards your goal.

8. Stay Flexible

The best-made plans and strategies have “what ifs” built into them. Set your expectations and establish a critical path to your goal with the understanding that life is not fair or orderly. It will take longer than you thought and you will likely need to improvise somewhere along the way. Flexibility will help you shift gears, explore the options and make good decisions.

9. Comparing Apples and Oranges is “Fruitless”

This year is this year. It cannot rival the memories of yesterday or dreams of tomorrow. Let this year unfold with its own special and sacred character. Comparisons fail to recognize the uniqueness and novel opportunities of THIS moment.

10. Show Self-Compassion

Nothing is ever gained by beating yourself up. Learning self-compassion is one of the most significant accomplishments of adult life. When your “best year ever” master plan has a hiccup, as it probably will, making the best of it. Giving yourself unconditional support can result in a healthy attitude of self-compassion and faith.

If you’d like to take this year to the next level, check out my FREE guide below.

 

Comments

  1. Thanks for the great reminders, I hope your family has a great holiday.

    I have been working on a new plan, and it is nice to have this checklist to know I have touched on each of these and can flesh them out even more!

    t

  2. Thanks for the great reminders, I hope your family has a great holiday.

    I have been working on a new plan, and it is nice to have this checklist to know I have touched on each of these and can flesh them out even more!

    t

  3. Thank you so much John. Your emails are a constant inspiration for me. Merry Christmas and Happy 2008. Joyce in Sacramento

  4. Thank you so much John. Your emails are a constant inspiration for me. Merry Christmas and Happy 2008. Joyce in Sacramento

  5. Thanks for always caring and sharing. I learn so much from you. Lovely family picture. I am blessed with great family and friends, you and yours included.Do have a safe and happy holiday season. Be well…..Donna in Ontario, Canada.

  6. Thanks for always caring and sharing. I learn so much from you. Lovely family picture. I am blessed with great family and friends, you and yours included.Do have a safe and happy holiday season. Be well…..Donna in Ontario, Canada.

  7. you continue to inspire us. wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season

  8. you continue to inspire us. wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season

  9. You have a beautiful family John. Merry Christmas to all and may the coming year be the best one yet! Cheer from Nova Scotia and one happy purple cow.

  10. Thanks for the 10 secrets. I will be making my list for the things I need to accomplish in 2008! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  11. Thanks for the 10 secrets. I will be making my list for the things I need to accomplish in 2008! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  12. Thanks for the information. I will use it all.

    I am very hopefull that my new year will be rewarding and grand.

    Happy Holidays to your family and you.

  13. Thanks for the information. I will use it all.

    I am very hopefull that my new year will be rewarding and grand.

    Happy Holidays to your family and you.

  14. Thank you for all your posts and the support you offer those of us who desire more from life!

    May you and your family be blessed with an abundance of Peace, Love & Light this holiday season and in the coming year!

  15. Thank you for all your posts and the support you offer those of us who desire more from life!

    May you and your family be blessed with an abundance of Peace, Love & Light this holiday season and in the coming year!

  16. Awesome John.
    I wish everyone here a happy holidays.
    FREE YOUR MIND!

    -Mandeep
    http://mastermindmiracles.com

  17. Awesome John.
    I wish everyone here a happy holidays.
    FREE YOUR MIND!

    -Mandeep
    http://mastermindmiracles.com

  18. Such a great plan! #9 is definitely one I needed a reminder of today. Happy holidays to you!

  19. Such a great plan! #9 is definitely one I needed a reminder of today. Happy holidays to you!

  20. Thank you for all the inspiration you are giving me, i really appreciate it. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to everyone.

    Trish(uk)

  21. Isaura Mashiko says:

    Thank you John, my best wishes for you and your lovely family, too.

  22. Isaura Mashiko says:

    Thank you John, my best wishes for you and your lovely family, too.

  23. Maurice Roberts says:

    Happy Christmas to you and yours and a terrific New Year. A timely reminder for me as a new year approaches.

  24. Maurice Roberts says:

    Happy Christmas to you and yours and a terrific New Year. A timely reminder for me as a new year approaches.

  25. very grateful for your post. great family foto, great plan – so wise and inspiring. thank u john for the wonderful messages throughout the year and looking forward to more. my warmest seasons greetings and wishes to u and your lovely family!

  26. very grateful for your post. great family foto, great plan – so wise and inspiring. thank u john for the wonderful messages throughout the year and looking forward to more. my warmest seasons greetings and wishes to u and your lovely family!

  27. Thank you so much and may you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and a happy new year.

  28. Thank you so much and may you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and a happy new year.

  29. Merry Christmas John,
    I was just talking about listening to your heart. I loved what you shared with us about it.If we would all learn to listen to our hearts more would be a gift. You have a beautiful family. Your boys look so happy. Many blessings to you and your family

  30. Merry Christmas John,
    I was just talking about listening to your heart. I loved what you shared with us about it.If we would all learn to listen to our hearts more would be a gift. You have a beautiful family. Your boys look so happy. Many blessings to you and your family

  31. Thank you John for this fantastic question – “What do you see as the greatest expression of your life…?”

    There are so many possibilities in life but your question, phrased in this manner, really helps me get to the core issues. It really is the key for unlocking my vision. Thanks so much for sharing that.

  32. Thank you John for this fantastic question – “What do you see as the greatest expression of your life…?”

    There are so many possibilities in life but your question, phrased in this manner, really helps me get to the core issues. It really is the key for unlocking my vision. Thanks so much for sharing that.

  33. Yoour timing with these 10 steps could not have been more perfect. I am making a major career change, one step at a time and the 10 steps are the perfect guidelines. Best wishes to you and your family for Happy Holidays and a beautiful new year.

  34. Yoour timing with these 10 steps could not have been more perfect. I am making a major career change, one step at a time and the 10 steps are the perfect guidelines. Best wishes to you and your family for Happy Holidays and a beautiful new year.

  35. Your warmth and light shine in the faces of your beautiful wife and children. Thank you for all that you contribute to your like-minded friends. The best for 2008!

  36. Your warmth and light shine in the faces of your beautiful wife and children. Thank you for all that you contribute to your like-minded friends. The best for 2008!

  37. 2008 will only fill my home with Love, Peace, Happiness,Joy and Prosperity- “abundantly”
    From our Home to Yours Happy Holidays.
    P.S Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom and knowledge.It is deeply appreciated…

  38. John,
    You have a beautiful family! What a great picture!
    This is going to be the best year yet for me, with many more great years to follow!
    I have always said, and envisioned that at 50 I would be in the best shape physically and mentally and that at 50, my life will be the best rest of my life it could ever be, and even better than I could even imagine!
    So far so good, I mean great! My 5oth is on February 14th,
    and I will be celebrating it for the rest of my life!
    Happy Holidays to you and your family, and to everyone here who come here to read your inspiring messages, and the many who I have come to know!
    You ARE all great! Thanks all for your friendship!
    p.s. John , I will be meeting you this year!
    Karin Hiebert

  39. John,
    You have a beautiful family! What a great picture!
    This is going to be the best year yet for me, with many more great years to follow!
    I have always said, and envisioned that at 50 I would be in the best shape physically and mentally and that at 50, my life will be the best rest of my life it could ever be, and even better than I could even imagine!
    So far so good, I mean great! My 5oth is on February 14th,
    and I will be celebrating it for the rest of my life!
    Happy Holidays to you and your family, and to everyone here who come here to read your inspiring messages, and the many who I have come to know!
    You ARE all great! Thanks all for your friendship!
    p.s. John , I will be meeting you this year!
    Karin Hiebert

  40. Dear John,

    Great picture and a great family!

    I wish you all the best for the new year 2008!

  41. Dear John,

    Great picture and a great family!

    I wish you all the best for the new year 2008!

  42. Dear John, Thank you for the great info, I wish you and your lovely family a terrific year in 2008 & beyond, Sincerely Teri B.

  43. Ryan Yokome says:

    Right back at you John! Happy Holidays, wishing you and your family all the best.
    Thank you for being such a huge inspiration in my life and others lives.
    Ryan

  44. Ryan Yokome says:

    Right back at you John! Happy Holidays, wishing you and your family all the best.
    Thank you for being such a huge inspiration in my life and others lives.
    Ryan

  45. Dear John, Thank you for all the information that I have received from you throughout this year. It has been very helpful and encouraging. I hope you and your family continue to have a wonderful life. Thanks again, Dorothy

  46. Dear John, Thank you for all the information that I have received from you throughout this year. It has been very helpful and encouraging. I hope you and your family continue to have a wonderful life. Thanks again, Dorothy

  47. Thanks John, What a happy looking family you have, and I wish you all a very Happy Holiday. When I am feeling down, I can instanly turn it around with feelings of gratitude for my family, and all of creation. All the very best in 2008 to all!

  48. Thanks John, What a happy looking family you have, and I wish you all a very Happy Holiday. When I am feeling down, I can instanly turn it around with feelings of gratitude for my family, and all of creation. All the very best in 2008 to all!

  49. Bright, Ghana says:

    Hi John, You’ve really inspired our 2007 and granted me the reminder for good success in 2008. I wish you and your sweet family a merry chrismas. Stay Blessed. Bright

  50. Bright, Ghana says:

    Hi John, You’ve really inspired our 2007 and granted me the reminder for good success in 2008. I wish you and your sweet family a merry chrismas. Stay Blessed. Bright

  51. Thank you John from the bottom of my heart. All your messages have meant so much to me. I am thrilled to be able to meet you and spend time with you in San Diego in January (along with Ryan, who posted just before me! Hi Ryan!)
    AnD my husband Jeff and I are very excited about the Mind, Marketing and Millions conference the beginning of February. since I talk about you so much, Jeff will finally be able to meet you and see why your messages and words are so empowering!
    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
    Jennifer Sage, Colorado

  52. Thank you John from the bottom of my heart. All your messages have meant so much to me. I am thrilled to be able to meet you and spend time with you in San Diego in January (along with Ryan, who posted just before me! Hi Ryan!)
    AnD my husband Jeff and I are very excited about the Mind, Marketing and Millions conference the beginning of February. since I talk about you so much, Jeff will finally be able to meet you and see why your messages and words are so empowering!
    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
    Jennifer Sage, Colorado

  53. There’s no question about it John-I’ve GOT to share this list with my $uccessline! Thank you! Diane in NY.

  54. There’s no question about it John-I’ve GOT to share this list with my $uccessline! Thank you! Diane in NY.

  55. Have a fantastic holiday & happy new year. Thanks for your 10 secret points. You really have a beautiful family. I look upon you as an inspiration.Though I didn’t get a chance to commute with you this year,but I look forward to do so in 2008. I only joined onecoach 2 mths ago,but the time difference makes it extremely hard for me in Australia…I guess I gotta get COMMITTED in 2008,huh ? God bless you & family

  56. John,
    You have a beautiful family! Thank you so much for this information. Have a wonderful holiday!

  57. john assaraf says:

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes and comments. I wish you all a great new year!

  58. john assaraf says:

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes and comments. I wish you all a great new year!

  59. Thanks for posting this list for making this year the best. I can see the value in these secrets and have used them successfully myself and for my clients.

    Best wishes to you and your family also John. Much thanks for all the inspiration and proven success strategies I’ve learned from you.

    Warmest regards,
    Rosemary Heenan

  60. Thanks for posting this list for making this year the best. I can see the value in these secrets and have used them successfully myself and for my clients.

    Best wishes to you and your family also John. Much thanks for all the inspiration and proven success strategies I’ve learned from you.

    Warmest regards,
    Rosemary Heenan

  61. clinton Brooks says:

    Merry christmas to you and your family

  62. Beautiful family!

    Once I set my intention, 2007 became a year that exceeded my dreams! I changed my life dramatically.

    Now I can’t wait to see what 2008 brings. In fact, I’m not waiting. I’m seeing it already.

    Thanks for all you do to remind us that our lives are what we make them.

    May 2008 exceed your dreams.

  63. Beautiful family!

    Once I set my intention, 2007 became a year that exceeded my dreams! I changed my life dramatically.

    Now I can’t wait to see what 2008 brings. In fact, I’m not waiting. I’m seeing it already.

    Thanks for all you do to remind us that our lives are what we make them.

    May 2008 exceed your dreams.

  64. John,
    Thanks for this post and for everything you’ve done to help others!
    You da’ Man!
    I look forward to sharing my huge success story with you in person.
    Thx,
    Zac

  65. John,
    Thanks for this post and for everything you’ve done to help others!
    You da’ Man!
    I look forward to sharing my huge success story with you in person.
    Thx,
    Zac

  66. Maryam Ismail says:

    Dear John, Thank you for the 10 secrets. I wish you and your lovely family all the best during this holiday season, and best wishes for 2008.

  67. Maryam Ismail says:

    Dear John, Thank you for the 10 secrets. I wish you and your lovely family all the best during this holiday season, and best wishes for 2008.

  68. Gaela allen says:

    John, thank you for your warmhearted holiday greetings and for sharing the bright and beautiful picture of your family and yourself. Many thanks also for sharing the 10 secrets – it’s a great time of year to reflect on their wisdom and inspiration. I wish you and your lovely family my heartfelt wish that you all have a wonderful holiday season and your best year yet in 2008.

  69. Gaela allen says:

    John, thank you for your warmhearted holiday greetings and for sharing the bright and beautiful picture of your family and yourself. Many thanks also for sharing the 10 secrets – it’s a great time of year to reflect on their wisdom and inspiration. I wish you and your lovely family my heartfelt wish that you all have a wonderful holiday season and your best year yet in 2008.

  70. I appreciate the reminders of how I want to look at my life and what I want.

  71. John i dont speak to much english but i want to say: Thanks a lot for this post!!! you are a great person!!

  72. John i dont speak to much english but i want to say: Thanks a lot for this post!!! you are a great person!!

  73. bizolution says:

    Dear John and family,
    Thank you very much for your warm greeting. All the best for you and family and I am waiting for your event in Indonesia SOON…..
    ==Martini==

  74. dearjohn
    thank you very much

  75. Thank you for sharing some great tips on how to take each and every moment, day, year…
    I for one can feel there’s something in the air – and whatever it is, it’s wonderful!

  76. Thank you for sharing some great tips on how to take each and every moment, day, year…
    I for one can feel there’s something in the air – and whatever it is, it’s wonderful!

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