20 Ways to Succeed in 2020

Becky Leighton

Posted: January 4, 2020

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Start your year out the right way and gear up for long-term achievement! These twenty steps will help point your compass towards success.

1. Plan Your Day to Plan Your Life

Set aside five minutes each morning to close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and set your intention for the day.

2. Ask The Right Questions

The quality of our questions has a significant impact on the quality of our lives. Make a habit of asking yourself things like, “What’s good about this situation?” and “What can I do to enjoy the process of solving this problem?”

3. Discover and Commit to Your Values

Do you know what’s really most important to you? Make time to reflect on and list your highest values in order of priority, elaborate on your reasons for including them, and place them somewhere you will see every day.


4. Use Your Frustration to Fuel Your Dreams

Feeling dissatisfied with something in your life can actually push you to do something about it. Harness this source of emotional energy to proactively improve your situation rather than let it get you down.

5. Ask for What You Want

It can take a great deal of courage, but you never know what you can get unless you ask for it. 

6. Join A Community of Shared Interest

Finding and connecting to people who share your passions can go a long way in helping you achieve your goals.

7. Close The Stress Cycle

Use things like exercise, meditation and engaging with loved ones to bring your body back to a place of homeostasis after a stressful period or situation. 

8. Change Your Vocabulary

Pay careful attention to the words you use every day, as these will shape your thinking and perception. Learn to approach and reframe situations in a more positive and proactive way.

9. Commit to Finishing What You Start

Instead of feeling overwhelmed by a myriad of tasks, commit to concentrating on finishing just one or two for a set period of time.

10. Get Outside Every Day

Sometimes a quick walk around the block is all it takes for a fresh perspective.

11. Incorporate Play

Rather than using your weekends to catch up on work, set aside dedicated time for fun and adventure. You’ll likely feel much better for it come Monday morning!

12. Practise Self-Compassion

Create a vivid image of your inner critic and continually remind yourself that you need not listen to this toxic voice. 

13. Ditch Comparison And Competition

Remember that – regardless of what social media may suggest – none of us have picture-perfect lives. Stop wasting your time chasing carefully edited ideals.

14. Learn to Say No

Say yes to yourself, your success and what matters most to you by setting healthy boundaries with the people and activities that drain your energy. 

15. Confront The Cause of Your Worries

One of the first steps to conquering your anxieties is to become aware of the way that past events and memories could be triggering an unrealistic fear of the future.

16. Leverage The Power of Your Imagination

Take some time to visualise the best possible outcome to a situation before approaching it. 

17. Immerse Yourself in An Activity

Work to regularly achieve a state of flow by seeking out tasks and experiences that you know you find enjoyable and stimulating on a daily basis. 

18. Remember to Move

Even getting up for five minutes every half hour is enough to offset the negative mental and physical effects of sitting on an office chair all day.

19. Capture All Your Tasks, Ideas And Reminders in Trusted Collection Tools

The mind is for having ideas, not holding them. Make use of external tools like notebooks, apps, software and more to help free up your limited mental energy. 

20. Develop New Skills And Interests

Expand your personal horizons by learning something new or brushing up on the skills that will help you elevate your career and life.

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