The beginning of a new year is an opportunity to reinvent, renew and revamp our approach toward living our best life. It’s great for planning and refocusing our priorities. If you ended 2020 in the doldrums of despair and disappointment, please know you now have the ability to write a masterpiece this year.
The surest way to get there is by creating an inspirational routine that empowers and encourages you to create habits and plan your success for each day and week. It all starts with inspirational ideas.
Some of my best ideas, as well as my most productive planning and actions, have taken place at this time of the year. In fact, the majority of the writing I’ve done for both of my books, including, The Value of You, occurred during the beginning of the year. It’s a magical time for creativity and discipline.
Following the holidays, there are fewer distractions. And as a result, there are more reasons for us to find things that inspire and light the fire inside of our hearts.
“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
In this vein, I urge you to develop an inspirational routine each morning. It may come through the power of meditation, prayer, genuine heartfelt interaction with those that you love or from your favorite song. It could be a video that plays back the piano recital you played to perfection that brought the house down.
It may be the words of this article or a book you find so profound and hold in such high esteem, you get the chills before opening the pages.
Develop your routine. I’ll show you what works for me and how you can integrate this into your life.
Here’s How to Develop Your Routine
“Great are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force — that thoughts rule the world.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Make your routine an everyday thing. As I’ve built a successful entrepreneurial career from scratch, I’ve learned that planning and daily routine are what power success. Planning reinforces what you’re trying to achieve. Planning reassures you that all of your progress toward self-actualization, as well as greater harmony and rhythm in living, is worth the pain and occasional doubts.
Try these three things for developing a successful routine:
- Dedicate 10 minutes of contemplation time, ideally, at the beginning of each day. This sets the tone for your day and gets you feeling inspired.
- Use this time alone in solitude, in a quiet place. Focus your thoughts on positive, inspiring thoughts such as romantic love, excitement for a new opportunity, music, friendship and envisioning yourself attaining success or fame. There’s tremendous power that comes through dreaming and seeing yourself standing “in the winner’s circle.”
- Get these positive thoughts going and keep them going. Write down these thoughts that come to mind. Keep referring back to them throughout your workday or school day. Think of them when you’re out in the social world, during moments of difficulty or times of joy. Look at them again before you go to bed at night and reset your mind. Then rest and get ready for the new day with excitement, anticipation and a clear mind for fresh, new thoughts.
The way to cultivate and build momentum — which you can then transform into empowered thought and constructive action are through inspiration — the power of “fire” that lifts your spirit and brings you unbridled enthusiasm. Be inspired every day.
What has become truer for me by the day is the concept that we control our own destiny through the power of our thoughts. We emotionalize our ideas with the power of love, faith and hope. We take these thoughts and envision ourselves doing what we desire. And we put it into the plan and take the action that we’ve dreamed of.
From there, it’s about repetition and consistency to convert it into a routine. We inspire ourselves through passion, reminders of achieving our goals and commitment to habits. It really is that simple. Do this and you will never be denied.
There is no shame in any idea, as long as you believe in it and feel it will add value to your life and the lives of others. Don’t concern yourself with the ingenuity of your idea. Your race, your cause is the one that speaks to the desires and dreams of your heart. That’s what makes you unique and special.
Be inspired. Take some time for yourself to develop a routine that positions you for fulfillment and productivity. As St.Francis of Assisi once wrote, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
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This article originally appeared in Medium.