5 Keys to Make 2016 Your Best Year Ever

5 Keys to Make 2016 Your Best Year Ever

My latest PJ Media column is called 5 Keys to Make 2016 Your Best Year Ever. Here’s an excerpt from the column.

John Hawkins envisioning what his 2016 will look like.

John Hawkins envisioning what his 2016 will look like.

Did 2015 punch you in the face? Maybe it didn’t go that far. Maybe 2015 just invited you to come up to its room so you could “watch Netflix and chill.” Then you woke up at the end of the year wondering how it all went so wrong. Maybe none of that happened. Maybe you blew up like Donald Trump in 2015 and now you’re thinking, “How do I top that?”

Here’s how you top that!

1. Take some time to really think about what you want to do.

I know you’ve already made your New Year’s resolutions, but did you ask yourself WHY those are the resolutions you picked?

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Why do you want to lose weight? Is it really to get healthy or because you think you’ll get laid more? Is your goal really to find a new job or to find a new job where you can fulfill your potential? You want to find new friends this year? Okay, how many? Do you want close friends or friends you can hit the bars with once in a while? Really think about it and get a good understanding of yourself, your motivations and your dreams.

I semi-regularly have writers and colleagues ask me for advice about what they should do next and the first question I always ask is, “What are your long term goals?” Sadly, very few people seem to know.

Don’t be that person. Take the time to get to know yourself. Become introspective. Make a bucket list.

Once you truly know yourself and what you want out of life, you will often find you can make enormous decisions at pivotal moments because you’ll have a true understanding of what you do and do not want in your life. Once you have that kind of clarity, your life will change for the better.

Once again, you can read it all here.

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