Mike Z. Robinson by Mike Z. Robinson
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Like most people, you’ve probably started to think about your New Year’s resolutions, what changes you can make and how you can best reach your goals. After all, the New Year is a great opportunity to make a fresh start, leave behind some bad habits and create some good ones in their place. If this sounds familiar, here are 60 great ideas for making 2016 your best year ever.

  1. Start by making a list of 10 REALLY specific goals that you want to accomplish in 2016, and then go about accomplishing them with ferocity.
  2. Have more family time.
  3. Create new memories.
  4. Love more.
  5. Value and believe in yourself.
  6. Smile every day.
  7. Create a mission statement for your life to help guide your decisions and direction.
  8. Know your worth and never offer a discount.
  9. Be the most positive person that you know.
  10. Hang out with people who challenge you.
  11. Exercise like your life depends on it.
  12. Spend time every day working on your goals.
  13. Read at least one book related to personal development per month.
  14. Create a vision board.
  15. Find a new hobby.
  16. Go to the movies every month.
  17. Find at least 10 minutes per day to spend alone and do absolutely nothing.
  18. Save your money and live frugally as if you were a college student.
  19. Invest in yourself because that is your safest investment.
  20. Laugh hysterically every day.
  21. Call an old friend and invite him or her out to lunch.
  22. Go on a seven-day vacation at least once per year.
  23. Ask lots of questions.
  24. Travel somewhere new.
  25. Learn a new language.
  26. Spend a week every month where you focus on meeting at least one new person per day.
  27. Go out dancing.
  28. Make up your bed first thing in the morning.
  29. Shower every day.
  30. Get involved with your community by volunteering or joining a committee.
  31. Spend time with people who are smarter than you are.
  32. Hike to the top of your favorite mountain to watch the sunset or sunrise.
  33. Drink lots of water.
  34. Sleep at least seven hours every night.
  35. Eat breakfast every morning.
  36. Cut back on your alcohol intake.
  37. Take your vitamins.
  38. Eat vegan for a week.
  39. Don’t shave for a month (this goes for men and women).
  40. Run a local race (e.g., 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon).
  41. Invent something spectacular.
  42. Follow your heart but take your brain with you.
  43. Brush off your critics.
  44. Reward yourself.
  45. Don’t spend time with people who don’t make you feel good about yourself.
  46. Don’t talk about people behind their backs.
  47. Spend less time on social media.
  48. Appreciate what you have.
  49. Be happy.
  50. Plan less and do more.
  51. Make your weaknesses your strength.
  52. Talk less and listen more.
  53. Stress less.
  54. Create a list of things that you want to do that scares the crap out of you, then go do it.
  55. Create a theme for yourself that best describes how you would like 2016 to go.
  56. Always be the hardest working person that you know.
  57. Never settle.
  58. Work on your communication skills.
  59. Be honest with yourself and everyone around you.
  60. Select the number-one thing that needs to happen in 2016 for you to feel like the year is a success. Write that goal down and place it everywhere you look (e.g., the car, work, your mirror, your phone) to remind yourself throughout the year.

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