New Year, New Mindset: 8 Things to Let Go of in 2016 52

new year new mindset

New is (almost) always better. And what newer than a whole new year!

Instead of having regrets about the previous one, and going back to what we did wrong and reliving it, let’s be excited about what’s to come and embrace change.

And the best way to do it is to develop a new mindset, a better approach, a more positive attitude.

Every success starts on the inside, it’s where the real magic happens.

There are many processes taking place in our mind when we’re between mediocrity and greatness. And your way of thinking makes all the difference.

One of the easiest things to do is to eliminate everything that doesn’t have any place in your mind – and your life – and thus make room for better things.

Freedom, independence, peace and contentment are all things we’d love to experience all the time in the new year. And in order to have them, we’ll need to let go of the rest.

Here’s how to do it:

8 Things to Leave Behind to Create a New Mindset

1. Excuses.

They’re one of the many enemies of progress.

And our mind is quite creative when it comes to coming up with reasons not to do something. After all, that’s why we procrastinate daily.

In order to get rid of that habit, be more mindful. Know that your mind plays tricks on you sometimes and be prepared. When it starts thinking of excuses not to do something, stop it and focus on the opposite – think why you need to take action now and how that can help you improve.

2. Thinking about what happened in the past.

The only point of going back to yesterday is to learn from it. But if you stay there too long, you may start reliving past situations and experiencing negative emotions all over again, or having regrets.
So focus on the now. It’s where you can do something about your life.

3. Don’t fear what might happen.

The future is uncertain, but that doesn’t mean you should spend your life imagining the worst that can happen tomorrow and fearing it.

Instead, realize that whatever happens will be the best for this exact moment, and you’ll be okay with that. And look forward to the many great things that will come your way.

4. Comparing yourself to others.

Let go of the need for comparison. Not only is it unnecessary, but it also ruins your present moment by making you focus on what you don’t have, and even being jealous of others.

But you can’t really compare the lives of two people. We’re all unique in our experiences, past and future, dreams and fears. Everyone wants and is ready for different things in life. Don’t forget that.

That will also make your communication with people easier. If you don’t compare yourself to them, you’ll just listen to their problems, give advice, share what’s on your mind, and talk about ideas and plans. Nothing else. That will make relationships simpler too.

5. Perfection.

Why strive for perfection? Does it really get you far?

I say do your best, and know that you’re improving, gaining knowledge and experience. But don’t create ideals or push too hard.

6. Haste.

Being in a rush brings stress into your life. And more often than not you don’t get much done and your performance is poor.

So start doing things slowly. Eat, talk, walk, drive, read and write slower. This will help you experience the activity, pay your full attention to it, and thus enjoy it more.

7. Seeking comfort.

The comfort zone is something everyone’s been in at some point. But only those who manage to get out of it see what life is all about.

Comfort is another enemy of progress. You don’t get things done when you have it, you don’t challenge yourself, and are a prisoner of your fears, worries and doubts.

But if you break free from it, you start experiencing life, going beyond average, learning new things about yourself, and getting more out of every day.

So let go of your comfort zone by doing everything you’re afraid of, by challenging yourself or simply doing anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.

8. Unimportant things and distractions.

Real productivity is all about focusing on what’s important and doing more of it, while eliminating the rest.

So identify those time-wasting, unproductive activities in your day, and every little thing that fights for your attention but which is not important and won’t get you closer to your goals. And simply remove it.

That’s how you develop a powerful, new mindset and build discipline, make room for inspiration and joy, find time for better things, do what you love and get things done.

What else is there to leave behind before you start the new year? And which of these 8 is your biggest barrier to moving forward in life?

See also:

5 Characteristics of a Strong Mindset
8 Effective Ways to Let Go and Move On
4 Traits of a Strong Mind

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off 30

How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.


Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!


David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.