How can you make your New Year resolutions stepping stones to a positively blazing and joyous year ahead?

To start off, you can resolve to approach them positively. Negativity is painful. It drains your ability to get things done and makes you doubt everything, even yourself. Negativity affects a person’s wellbeing drastically. So, this year watch out and guard your own thought process. Think twice before you act. For instance, if you make a mistake, instead of castigating yourself, you should accept it and learn from it! Don’t let that one rotten banana ruin your year! Always remember that you are amazing in everything you do and it is okay to not be perfect in everything you do.

When you frequently tell yourself or others that there’s no point in trying, that the world is out to get you and others are against you, in your mind, shout “STOP!” or “NOPE, we are not going down that path again!” as soon as thoughts of this kind starts to spin in your head.

After you have disrupted the thoughts by shouting stop sit down and just be still. Breathe with your belly and focus on just inhaling and exhaling for a minute or two to calm your mind and body down. Being cool and calm – meditating – listening to music or just ask yourself questions: Am I doing the right thing? Am I being positive? Can help you regain the courage to start over by replacing the negative with the positive. After that, continue the positive prelaunch by doing something you enjoy, hang out with your friends, families, or if you’re like me go exercise and block the negativity from reentering your mind.

It is important that you understand and appreciate that your happiness lies within. Consider this – no one can make you unhappy if you have decided for sure that you will be happy in every situation. If you have made up your mind to be happy, you can always seek out the positive aspects of a situation and remain happy. Let’s be honest, this year may be challenging but solutions will come faster if you face them with a smile on your face. Begin looking at life half-full, rather than half-empty. Begin looking for solutions to problems, rather than complaining about what is wrong. If it’s broke, go ahead and try to fix it. Instead of fretting over a set of new “New Year’s Resolutions”, a better alternative would be to declare a statement of “New Year Affirmations”. Instead of saying, “this year, I will try to be…” boldly declare to yourself the statement “this year, I am…” this is a better way to attack your goals. I want you to ask yourself this…

“If this was the best year of my life, what would have to take place?”

Think about this, and write it down. If you really want to achieve it, you can.

There is no greater guarantee of a long, happy, healthy, and prosperous life than for you to be constantly working on being, having, and achieving more and more of the things you really want.

So for 2018, I wish you and yours: