8 tips you need for 2021, according to successful people

The start of 2021 might be the most anticipated start of any year ever in your life! 

No need to elaborate other than the fact that the year 2020 was a complete dumpster fire for so many for all the wrong reasons (political turmoil, social injustice, a Worldwide Pandemic).

So when people say they’re gearing up for 2021, the emphatic response from everyone is, “Yes, can’t wait!”

However, we can all relate to the fact that 2020 happens to be a year we can all reflect on and learn from. While many will want to see leave 2020 in the rearview mirror, it happened to be a year exposed to many where there were some areas they could improve in. 

That is why today, we will share advice you need for 2021 and beyond according to successful people. No more failed New Year’s Resolutions; 2021 will be your year with these tips!

1. Don’t set a New Year’s Resolution, instead start small

What happens for many each year is creating a massive overhaul list of all the things they’re going to change about themselves in the upcoming New Year, only to be part of the 90% who are done by February. 

As the joke goes with regular gym-goers, avoid the gym in January, all the New Year’s Resolutioners will be there! 

In all seriousness, ask any successful person about changing a habit, which is what a resolution really is, and they will tell you to start small and finish big. Set yourself up for success instead of setting yourself up for failure! 

Consider some of the following: 

  • Instead of long gym sessions, make a goal to do three shorter sessions per week (build up from there)
  • Eat one healthy meal M-F, totaling five meals per week. Instead of “Eating Healthy” every meal
  • Tell yourself good things and make your new habits really easy to accomplish! Grapes in your fridge, ready to go, remove the soda, etc. 
  • Automate savings to make sure you stick to it! 

2. Read more, and no more excuses

Most people make excuses about why they can’t read, but your mindset as we head into 2021 is that you can’t afford to read! 

Whether you decide to pick up a self-improvement book, a relationship book, a parenting book, or even a financial book, make reading a habit. In the book (go figure) The Millionaire Next Door, the authors describe the average millionaire reads at least two books per month. 

Consider some of these books to help you get started:

  • Atomic Habits
  • 7 Habits of Highly Productive People
  • Start With Why
  • The Five Love Languages
  • Intelligent Investor

In 2021, don’t start with reasons why you can’t; start with why you can accomplish more. Speaking of excuses.

3. Speaking of excuses, stop using them

Here is the truth about excuses; your excuses are sometimes other people’s reasons. 

The dream mentor, success coach, and writer Jim Rohn is infamous for saying, “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”

Or, put another way, don’t make excuses. Sure we all might be tired sometimes, but it’s important to remember that in 2021 it’s time to stop making all of your choices based on how you feel but instead on logic. 

This might mean ditching a few of the all too common excuses such as: 

  • “I don’t have the time.”
  • “I am too busy.”
  • “My kid’s schedules are too hectic.”
  • “I am doing fine.”
  • “I can’t find the motivation.” 

Go ahead and pick up a copy of Mel Robbins book, The 5-Second Rule, to help you. Or at the very least watch her ted talk! 

4. Get more high-quality sleep

Ed Mylett often talks about starting your day off right by doing something that shocks the system, like jumping in a cold body of water. 

However, the trick for most (myself included) is that whole getting out of bed thing sometimes! Instead of wondering why you can’t get out of bed, consider instead looking at the length and quality of your sleep!

Many health experts tell adults they need to have somewhere from 6-9 hours of sleep per night. That number actually varies for everyone, and truth be told, some of the things we do before going to bed matter.

Elon Musk has discussed his practice of not eating or drinking anything aside from water several hours before going to bed. Why??

Musk and health professionals agree that when we fast a few hours before bed, we are more likely to get better sleep! So in 2021, get better sleep; you might be the next Elon Musk!

5. Start your day off with the most important priority

Darren Hardy has a great book, The Compound Effect. He talks about how the people her personal mentors and coaches – all high-level executives and CEOs – teach them to start their day off with the most important priority. 

Like many say, you should make your bed to start the day off right and to feel accomplished. Hardy describes that after waking up and doing some self-focus activities, you should be sure to spend one uninterrupted hour doing the most important work. 

Doing this will help you learn to make priorities come first. This could mean reading, writing, working out, or finishing that proposal. Regardless of what is a priority, keep in mind social media and email are usually not!

6. Take up journaling

Matthew McConaughey recently released his memoir, Green Lights, a collective story of his entire life, most of which comes from his journal! 

The talented actor, father, and Texas Longhorns fan discusses how journaling has allowed him to reflect during tough times, relive the great times, and find meaning in situations when the meaning isn’t so clear. 

Journaling has been known to help people with their emotions, thoughts, and productivity. Let’s make it a habit in 2021!

By the way, to make #2 on the list occur, consider Green Lights; you won’t be disappointed! 

7. Practice gratitude

Just about every successful person will tell you they all do one thing: 

Practice Gratitude Daily. 

Gratitude has so many benefits, but for one, it’s perhaps one of the best ways to remain positive – even when things are not so great! Science shows that when we align our brains with gratitude, we feel better about ourselves, others and can change our mindset to a positive one. 

Consider writing it down in your journal, making a sticky note of what your grateful for every day, or downloading an affirmations app!

8. Workout often 

You don’t need to hear it from this article, but one common characteristic most successful people share is that they workout early and often. 

Working out is something we all have good intentions about accomplishing, but it can be pushed to the back burner for some. This is why we need to do the following:

  1. Align it with our values. For example, “I workout because I want to live a long and healthy life for my family.”
  2. Make it simple to accomplish

Our good intentions are not always met with great planning; that is why you want first to make it a simple habit to accomplish.

The blogger and writer Josh Hastings behind Money Life Wax recently shared on his Instagram profile that he ran two miles every single day in 2020. He stated that “After about 21 days of running, it got pretty simple, and I didn’t want to let myself down.”

Make your new workout routine simple so you can accomplish it, then build from there.