Increase Revenue. Find new leads.
Eat healthier. Workout more.
Drink less alcohol.
Does this sound familiar?
These types of resolutions account for approximately half of the resolutions business owners make each year. And with good reason, too. Study after study shows that a low-stress lifestyle, healthy diet, regular exercise, and limiting alcohol consumption is tied to greater longevity.
However, these are resolutions that will often fall to the wayside because, well, life gets busy and you get rushed. Pretty soon that new year resolution is a distant memory.
So this year I’m challenging you to adopt one (or more) of the five resolutions below. Chances are, if you can stick to one or more of these, then you’ll have an easier time achieving your business goals, eating healthy, exercising, and you won’t even need that all too often nightcap!
Sounds too good to be true? Think again.
Many times, poor food choices, lack of motivation to exercise, and overconsumption of alcohol boils down to the same root cause. Too much stress! And prolonged stress is known to have an effect on both physical and mental health.
So what can you do about it?
First, you must acknowledge and commit to the fact that you have the power to take back control over your life. When you master your mindset and reduce your stress, you will be unstoppable.
In working with clients, I see that everyone’s stressors are different and highly personal. What works for one person, may not work for another. And that’s ok.
But if you’re tired of feeling stressed, lack motivation, and are generally unsatisfied with one or more areas of your business or life, then try these five evidence-based tips for creating an even better you in 2023!
The Secret Sauce for 2023
Implement these 5 tips and you will be well on your way to increased goal attainment, improved energy, optimism, and living a life of gumption this year!
#1 Have a Daily Gratitude Practice
In addition to all the “feel good” aspects of practicing gratitude, there are a TON of scientifically-validated benefits of gratitude.
Leading researchers like Robert Emmons and Martin Seligman have taught extensively on why the virtue of gratitude is more than just saying, “thank you.”
Let’s dive into what the research tells us.
It has been determined that gratitude does four things, and these four things allow someone to reap the many benefits of practicing gratitude.
There are many ways to incorporate gratitude in your day-to-day life. Some ideas include journaling, using a gratitude app, making it a weekly practice on your social media page of choice, or simply discussing what you’re grateful for over dinner with friends and family.
Those who practice gratitude regularly increase their happiness and decrease inflammation in the body. Also, expressing gratitude reduces stress, increases optimism, and literally changes your brain! Other benefits include more satisfaction with life, better sleep, less fatigue, and greater resiliency. Who doesn’t want that?!
Meditation is the act of thinking deeply, or focusing one’s mind, as a method of relaxation.
A regular meditation practice is an important tool in your daily routine toolbox. It is especially beneficial to meditate during periods of distress. Here’s why.
Meditation has been scientifically proven to decrease stress, improve mental clarity, and boost energy. Studies have also shown that individuals who meditate daily see improved cellular health, balance their hormones, and reduce blood pressure.
I often hear from clients, “I’m too busy to meditate,” and “I want to, but I don’t know how.”
Beginning a meditation practice can be intimidating, but taking the following steps will ensure you focus on your goal(s), take small action steps, and commit to improving your well-being one meditation session at a time.
When implementing a meditation practice, aim to schedule a session during your morning, evening, or bedtime routine. Incorporating meditation should be enjoyable, and never feel like one more thing on your never ending to do list.
#3 Prioritize Sleep
Is there anything more glorious than a good night’s sleep?! The kind where you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to own your day. Then why do so many adults skimp on sleep?
Sadly, 35.2% of adults sleep less than seven hours per night and nearly half of all Americans report feeling sleepy during the day between three and seven days per week. 
I’m too busy to sleep…
I have too many obligations and responsibilities, so I stay up late to unwind and binge watch my favorite series…
I’m always on the go and don’t have the luxury of getting more than 5 or 6 hours of sleep…
I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
In a world where lack of sleep is worn like a badge of honor, be the person who says, “HELL NO!”
even to nine hours of quality sleep is associated with numerous health benefits, and it is quite literally the time your body does some of its most important work.
During sleep, your body is in rest and recovery mode. When sleeping, your organs have time to rest, tissue is repaired, muscles grow, and protein synthesis occurs.
Also, sleep is crucial for having happy hormones. During sleep the hormones which regulate appetite, stress, growth, metabolism, and other important bodily functions are released.
Lastly, memory consolidation occurs while you’re sleeping. Sleep is what allows the brain to form and store new memories, and this is essential for learning new information. Concerned with mental clarity? Prioritize sleep!
Other health benefits associated with sleep include a stronger immune system, improved alertness, focus, and clarity, a more positive mood, reduced anxiety and depression, and increased energy.
In addition to sleeping the recommended seven to nine hours a night, establish a strong bedtime routine. A solid bedtime routine will increase the likelihood you will have quality and restorative sleep.
Try some of these tips…
When you establish a strong bedtime routine, and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night, you’ll boost your mindset, mood, and energy levels!
#4 Set Healthy Boundaries
ip number 4 is probably the hardest to implement, yet it yields great benefits for your mental health, which in turn affects your overall well-being.
We’re talking about boundaries.
So what are boundaries? And how can you establish your own healthy boundaries?
Boundaries are the rules, limits, or guidelines you set to let others know what you are comfortable with and what you are not comfortable with.
There are different types of boundaries, but for now we’ll stick to personal boundaries.
A personal boundary is a guideline and/or rule you set for yourself to ensure you are being aware of your needs, and being aware of how you can respect and meet those needs in a healthy way. They’re the limits you set for yourself within a relationship.
Establishing healthy boundaries is an important life skill that comes more easily to some than to others.
If you’re someone that struggles to establish boundaries, consider the benefits of learning to do so…
Healthy boundaries are associated with improved self-confidence and a healthy self-concept, better communication with others, more fulfilling relationships, and greater stability and control over our lives. 
To set healthy boundaries for yourself, try these four things.
Know your own worth, and remember that no one has the right to make you feel uncomfortable or overstep your boundaries.
#5 Make Time for Fun
Honestly, this is the “F word” that most people don’t use enough.
In this fast-paced, competitive, and always connected world we live in, FUN is often the first thing people give up or forget to make time for on their calendar.
But why?! Isn’t fun just as important as everything else in our life?
YES, yes it is!
Start small by building in one fun activity a week. Build up from there so that you get to a point where you do something fun EVERY. DAMN. DAY!
Here are some ideas to get you started.
✔ Go for a bike ride
✔ Take in a movie
✔ Meet a friend for coffee
✔ Go for a hike
✔ See what your town has to offer in the coming month and commit to going
Having fun helps you relax, which means you’re relieving stress. A fun activity gives more energy than it takes AND it gets those endorphins going. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being.
Enjoying fun activities on a regular basis has a tremendous effect on your mood, and that has a domino effect on your overall health!
Fun doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and the benefit of incorporating it into your daily and/or weekly calendar is priceless!
If you want to experience a mindset shift and reduce your stress, master this three-step process when you are looking to make changes in your life: Evaluate – Plan – Take Action.
It really is that simple. Don’t overcomplicate things.
When you do the hard work and commit to taking small steps to change your mindset, you create sustainable behaviors. Behaviors that will serve you and lead you to living a life of GUMPTION. You will be free to live your life with courage, boldness, and audacity.
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Happy New Year!