3 Tips to Make 2011 Your Best Year Yet

This was taken last NYE – looking to top it this year!

How do you make any year your best year?

Personally I think it boils down to making memories: moments that will stick with you and getting away from the “usual”, which are the things that get lost in the shuffle, even if it’s only for a brief period.

This past was a year filled with moments that will stay with me for a long time. From personal milestones to travelling to new places. From milestones in relationships and in business, to smaller, more personal moments that will be forever etched in my memory.

I wrote an ebook in 2010 and finally release it, along with the corresponding programs, just a week or so ago. Writing it had been a long process and a lot of work. But to finally have it completed was an amazing feeling. I have countless moments with my girlfriend that I won’t soon forget. From memorable conversations, to unforgettable dates, to vividly remembering random moments as if they happened a few hours ago. I spent a lot of time in New York and experienced new things there, I went to the oldest city in North America (Quebec City), and read books that have had – and will have – an impact on me for years to come. I’ve had memorable emails from you guys, explaining your “ultimate” goals and dreams.

2010 was a great year, but how can I make 2011 even better?

1. If you want to make 2011 your best year yet, make it a year of “firsts”.

Try to do something every week that you have never done before. Learn a new language, travel to a new place, read a new book, even try a new exercise or a new food. And don’t just settle for the little things. Make big things happen!

For myself, releasing my product was a pretty big deal – not that I mean to toot my own horn, I’m just ecstatic that I did what I set out to do. I started this blog with the goal of adding value first and foremost. The ebook, and the PowerHowse Challenge workout series, takes that to the next level in a way that isn’t limited by a word count like the blog is.

Do something that you’re really proud of whether that be work, in a relationship, a big move in your own life or whatever. Make 2011 your best, most memorable year yet.

2. Don’t set goals, set standards

“The Greatness Guide” by Robin Sharma is one of the best books I’ve had the pleasure to read. In it he talks about setting standards for yourself, not necessarily goals. Goals are trivial, people set them not really caring if they fail. Standards have more meaning, especially when you set them relating to things you truly care about.

Really think about what means most in your life. I heard a great quote the other day, “never give up on something you don’t go a single day without thinking about.” In other words, never give up on those things that really mean the world to you. I can think of a few things right off the bat that I’m not going to give up on any time soon, and I’ll set “standards” for where I think I should be in regards to those things.

3. Aim HIGH

What’s the point of aiming for “reasonable” or what’s “realistic”. Personally I think it has it’s place, only if the “realistic” is under the cloud of a greater end goal: the ideal.

Where do you really want to be or what do you truly want to accomplish over this next year?

Set your standards as to what you think is acceptable and what you would perceive as failure, then get after it with everything you have. Everything else takes a backseat.

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What was your greatest achievement in 2010?

What will be your greatest achievement in 2011?

(Fitness or non-fitness related, I want to hear them!)