I've been on a journey of self discovery lately. I read a self help book that changed my brain for the better and it's really opened up my mind. I've made a few changes to my daily routine that has helped me live more purposeful, stick to my goals and feel better in my own skin. I wanted to share with you what I do everyday in hopes that you'll feel some motivation of your own heading into the New Year.

Every morning when I wake up I make a list of goals I want to accomplish for the day. Sometimes it's as simple as making a doctor appointment for my son or packing my lunch for work. It can be as difficult as making sure to eat clean all day long or working out for 30 minutes after work.

After writing down my goals for the day, I look at my weekly goals, monthly goals and my long term goals. Reminding myself of what I want to accomplish has really kept my focus laser sharp. Making this a daily practice leaves zero room for confusion. You have to keep your eye on the prize. Writing down what you want to achieve helps you stay accountable.

I write down my goals as if I've already achieved them. I listen to Rachel Hollis's Rise podcast everyday. Her advice is to talk about your goals like they are reality. For example, if you want to work out after work, literally write out 'I worked out for 30 minutes'. Your brain will interpret that as fact instead of a goal you want to achieve down the road. Then, when it comes time to work out, you'll be more likely to do it. Our brains are powerful things, people!

At the end of the day I practice gratitude. I reflect on all of the positive things that went well in my life that day. Now, these aren't huge life altering things. Sometimes they are as simple as 'I'm thankful for the check out clerk at the store today who had a smile on their face and was really nice to me.' I try to brainstorm ten things I'm thankful for each day. This helps me remember the positive things in my life and not dwell on the bad things. When you know that you have to come up with ten things everyday you start looking for the positive things in life all day long.

I've been doing this for almost two months now and I feel so much better. I've been able to stick to my healthy eating goals, I've been able to create a few action plans to get where I want to be and I actually feel an overwhelming sense of positive energy everyday.

So, heading into the New Year, I challenge you to start your day making a list of goals you want to achieve. If you don't have a goal...find one. Goals give your life purpose and meaning. Then, end your day every night writing down ten things you're thankful for. I promise that you'll feel so much better in your life if you do this.

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